- Old Pair of Pants
- Cloth Tape Measure
- Optional: Sewing Machine
Step 1: Lay out your pants out flat.
Think about how short you want your shorts.
I choose 17″ down from the top of my pants. I am 5’11” so depending on your height this will either be long or average.
- A good way to see how long or short you want it is by comparing it to another pair of shorts you have.
- Another way is to try on your pants and see how short you would like them.
- One other thing to think about is if you want a cuffed bottom hem or a frayed open hem. If you want a cuffed hem add 2″.
Step 2. Marking Your Measurements
Making sure you are always measuring from the top of your pants, bring the measuring tape to your desired length and mark it with your pencil. (Just a little dash will do for now)
Continue marking every couple inches, making you are measuring from the top. (Not doing so could really screw you up)
Do it for both sides.
Step 3. Connecting Your Dashes
Lay your measuring tape so it lines up to your dashes. Carefully connect your dashes with your pencil by making a straight line.
Do it for both sides.
Making sure your pants are perfectly straight, with no crinkles or folds, take your scissors and starting cutting away.
I cut the whole leg together (2 layers). If you find this tricky you can measure the backside of your pants and cut them separately.
Do the other leg now.
If you decided your wanted a cuffed hem all you need to do from here is fold them up twice and your good to go!
I’m going to be doing the cleaned frayed look.
To achieve the frayed look, grab your scissors, open them up a little bit, and with one layer, move your scissors back and forth, making sure your fabric is getting right into the joint of your scissors.
Keep going back and forth and back and forth and you’ll soon start seeing the fraying look. Depending on how much you want you can keep going to make a lot of fraying. I am keeping mine pretty little and clean.
Do this same process with the backside and the other leg.
Step 7. Cut The Stingy Hem
If you like your strings hanging from your hem then VOILA! You are done! But I want a little bit of a cleaned up fray hem so I just cut some of my strings at the bottom. I didn’t get fray hem, just my strings.
That’s it! Pretty much the easiest shorts you’re ever going to make!