Do it yourself: Thrifty Summer Shorts – Pictures Included!

Hallelujah it’s that time again! Summer has officially arrivedπŸ‘™πŸ‘’πŸ¦‹πŸ¬πŸŒΊπŸŒŠ. Which means it’s getting hotter 🌞 and we need to find ways to stay cooler. Besides chugging several water bottles down in an attempt to stay cool, how about we focus on the main article of clothing we typically wear during this season? Shorts!

I wanted to share with you a way you can get yourself a new pair of shorts without spending a lot of money. It’s simple: Cut up a pair of old jeans and turn them into shorts! πŸ˜―πŸ˜€ it’s easy, and not only does it add another pair of shorts to your wardrobe, gives you a chance to be creative. If you do not have an old pair of jeans, consider buying a pair of jeans from a thrift shop. The latter is normally something I do when I need some more shorts and I typically spend between $4 – $6 per pair from Goodwill.

Materials needed: jeans, scissors, highlighter/washable pen, ruler (optional)

πŸ”·Β Step one: Visit your local thrift shop. Seriously! Give it a chance. The secret is patience. Take your time. Focus on finding jeans, so that you can take them home and make your own shorts. Or, check out their shorts selection. Maybe you’ll find already-made shorts. Imagine that.

πŸ”· Step two: Once you have found and/or bought a pair of jeans to work with, try them on one last time to figure out how short you want to cut them. I would use a highlighter, or piece of tape to pin-point the exact spot you want to start trimming.

πŸ”· Step three: lay the jeans out on the floor. Make sure they are buttoned and zipped. Locate your mark of reference and begin to cut the left side of your jeans with a pair of scissors. I would use a pair of hefty adult scissors. Not a children’s pair. For best result, start cutting the jeans from the outside trim in. Cut at a slight downward angle. This method is much more preferable in my opinion. Β I’ve experienced bad results and sadness when I cut straight across.

step 2

step 8

step 5

πŸ”· Step four: Prepare to start cutting the right side of your jeans. However, this time it is extremely important you cut from the inside trim out. This creates a more even and balanced pair of shorts. Cut at a slight upward angle. Don’t overly do it. Use your best judgement.

step 6


πŸ”· Step five: Yay! You’ve done it. You’ve successfully transformed a pair of jeans into a pair of shorts! But wait a second! πŸ™…πŸΌ *mom instincts* Make sure you wash them before you wear them. Especially if you bought them from a thrift store. Throw them in the washer before you wear your new pair of shorts. This will allow them to loosen up, and sustain a more comfortable feel when you put them on.

step 7.JPG


outfit 2


You can get as crafty as ya like. Some people I know add jewels, bleach spots, or holes. I tend to cut mine a little longer sometimes, so that I can have the “rolled up” shorts look.

outfit 1.jpg




8 thoughts on “Do it yourself: Thrifty Summer Shorts – Pictures Included!

    1. Right! It’s a simple project but I don’t think many people are aware of it. I wasn’t until I was about 21. That’s a lot of money spent on shorts prior to then!! Lol. Thanks


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s