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How to: cut old jeans into summer shorts

G Magazine

Unleash those pins by whipping up a pair of casual denim shorts in these five easy-to-follow steps.

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The sun is shining, so unleash those pins by whipping up a pair of casual denim shorts. Revive an old pair of jeans you no longer wear, or buy some at your local op shop to convert.

STEP 1

Have the jeans ready you’d like to use. Ideally, find a pair that fit well around the waist but are a little loose around the top of the leg.

STEP 2

Put the jeans on and mark the length you’d like them to be with a pin or dress marker.

STEP 3

Take them off and lay flat. Measure the length from the inseam (crotch) down to the point you’ve marked. Measure and mark this length on the opposite leg too.

STEP 4

Measure 2 cm below these marks (this allows a margin for error and room for fraying) and cut the jean legs off at this point. If cutting them particularly short you may want to cut the back of the legs a little longer than the front.

STEP 5

To fray, start pulling a few threads along the edge with scissors or a knife to get it started, then throw in the washing machine with a load, to help it along.