Well I am back! I had an amazing time and can’t wait to share some photos of our trip. We arrived home this weekend and since then I have been trying to catch up on my sleep! I am exhausted. Every time we take a vacation, I feel as though I need a short vacation from my vacation; time to catch up on my sleep, unpack and get back into the swing of things.
Anyway, I hope you all had a great week! I missed posting and had so many great ideas and topics to post on while I was gone, so I can’t wait to share!
So today I wanted to share my DIY cute cutoff jean shorts I made for my trip. I was out shopping right before our trip and kept seeing these cute distressed jeans shorts. I almost bought myself a pair but then told myself, wait…I can try making those at home. I have lots of old jeans I do not wear anymore that I could use and it would save me some dough.
First, find a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in a couple years. This Rock and Republic pair I bought back in ’06 and haven’t worn for years.
Next, try on your jeans (make sure they fit;)) and mark where you should cut. I would do maybe 2 inches longer than the length you want, because they can shrink and you can always cuff them.
Next, depending on how “distressed” you want your cutoffs to look you can use your scissors and start scraping on sections of your shorts that you want that worn look to have. You can also use sand paper.
You can see here I did it along the side seems of the shorts. As well as the back pockets below.
Once I was done I threw them in the wash and dryer to see how the worn parts and cuts would look.
Next, if you want your jeans to have a bleached out look, you add bleach. What I did with mine is placed them in my bathroom sink and then poured straight bleach on the front and back. I let them sit for 20 minutes and looked them over to make sure I had all the parts bleached out that I wanted. I had a couple spots that were too blue for me so I added more bleach to those sections. Depending on how dark your wash of jeans were to start, it make take longer to achieve the bleached out look. Just forewarning, the bleach smell does get pretty strong and make sure to be careful with the bleach, you don’t want to spill on yourself and your nice clothes.
Last, you will need to wash them again to get the bleach smell out, plus the more you wash the more the fringes and worn look you’ll get.
Here is the end result.
Let me know if you try to make these DIY jean cutoff shorts! Share your photos with me on twitter, I would love to see em! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.