Fashion Clothing How to Cut Jeans Into Denim Shorts Give your old, trusty pair a makeover with this helpful step-by-step guide. By Andrea Cheng Andrea Cheng Andrea Cheng is a New York-based writer and editor who covers all things fashion, celebrity style, beauty, and trends. She was previously the Digital Fashion News Editor at InStyle. InStyle's editorial guidelines and Samantha Sutton Samantha Sutton Instagram Samantha is InStyle's senior fashion editor. She joined the brand in 2019 and oversees the site's fashion coverage, including trend reporting, fashion exclusives, celebrity style interviews, and Fashion Week coverage. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on November 25, 2022 @ 08:30AM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Getty Images If you've been searching for the perfect pair of denim shorts but can't find one that's quite your style, perhaps it's time to head to your closet. You likely already own jeans that you're willing to part with, which can easily be DIY'd into cut-offs. Figuring out how to cut jeans into shorts isn't exactly hard, but at the same time, it's not as easy as it looks. Without taking certain things into consideration, such as exact measurements, you might end up with lopsided legs and an endless cycle of trimming, eventually leaving you with something slightly shorter than originally planned. 12 Shorts Outfit Ideas That Will Help Reinvent the Ones You Already Own Getty Images Ahead, we'll take you through all five steps for cutting jeans into shorts. Not only is this a more sustainable and affordable option than buying brand new, you'll likely get great use out of these jean shorts for years to come. 01 of 06 What You Need to Cut Jeans Into Shorts Sarah Balch A pair of jeans you want to cut into shortsChalkA rulerFabric scissors (not kitchen or craft scissors)Sandpaper 02 of 06 Step 1: Take Measurements Sarah Balch First, slip on your jeans and use chalk to mark your desired length. Pro Tip: it's easiest to make the mark along the inseam.Take off your jeans and lay them on a flat surface.For the most flattering hemline, make a second mark at a one- or two-inch diagonal on the other side of the leg.Connect the two marks on each side with the chalk. Use your ruler for help.To ensure both legs are symmetrical, measure the length from the inseam and from the waistline, helping you pinpoint where you should mark on the opposite leg. 03 of 06 Step 2: Start Cutting Sarah Balch Cut along the chalked, angled line with fabric scissors. 04 of 06 Step 3: Time to Distress Sarah Balch Tease out loose denim fibers with your finger. How to Distress Your Jeans at Home 05 of 06 Step 4: Use the Sandpaper Sarah Balch Brush your sandpaper along to edge to further fray your hem. 06 of 06 Step 5: Wear Them Sarah Balch Now, you're left with the length you wanted and a go-to piece for plenty of summer outfits — not to mention some bragging rights when people ask where you got your shorts from.