DIY: Distressed Denim Shorts

A few years ago, I was obsessed with thrifting mom jeans and cutting them into shorts. I’ve cut around 6 pairs and I’ve been wearing them for the past 3-4 years. Which is weird for me because normally I only wear a pair of shorts for one season because I either grow out them or just don’t like the way they fit anymore. I’ve been wanting to write a blog on how I make them for awhile but I kept losing out at the thrift store and I wasn’t able to find the pair of jeans I wanted. Well I’ve finally found the pair so I figured I’d show you how it’s done!


I picked up a pair of Levi’s at a local thrift store near me, Blue Ridge Hospice, for only $5!!! What a deal, I love getting clothes and shoes for cheap.





Shorts I’ve Done in the Past:




What You’ll Need:


  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Ruler

Step 1:

Try them on and get an idea of how short you want them to be. You can either eyeball it, or make a tiny mark with a sharpie!



Step 2:

Once you’ve figured out the length you want, take them off and lay them on a flat surface. I normally flip them over and start from the back, I personally like mine to only be as short as two inches from the bottom of the back pocket.


Step 3:

Once I have the back marked, I flip them over to the front side and mark in the same place. TIP: Always cut off less fabric in the beginning because you can make them shorter and make changes as you go. If you cut off too much in the beginning, you won’t be able to go back.

In this step another key point is making sure you cut your shorts at angle. If you cut them straight across, they won’t turn our right. Once you mark them where you want, feel free to cut!


Step 4:

Once you cut them, it’s time to distress them. You can use of your fingers or a pair of tweezers and start pulling at the white strands to loosen them up. This is the most tedious part. After you wear them a few times and throw them in the wash, the more distressed they will come. You can always feel free to add cuts and rips but that requires sandpaper and a lot more time.



Step 5:

Try them on and they are done!


This shows how when you put them in the wash and wear them, they become more distressed


(Old pair on left, New pair on right)


(Me wearing them on the first day of school)

Thanks for reading! XOXO ❤


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