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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans to Cuffed Shorts Tutorial! (Images) on: May 16, 2010 10:56:37 PM

      I had a ratty pair of jeans with paint on them from a project I had done earlier in the year. I hate letting anything go to waste, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at refurbishing them! What is great about this project is that you can roll the hem to your desired comfort level. What's even better is that it's super easy and fast! I wanted to share this because summertime is coming along and I feel like this is a pretty pertinent topic :-) I also posted this on my blog, but that's pretty much for fam so I thought I would spread it this way!

      So here's what I started out with:

     First, I put the jeans on a marked with Sharpie around my knees. I then did a rough cut along the line. Don't worry about being careful- it's the genius of these shorts! Because you fold them, rough cuts are fine.
      Next, I marked where 2 1/2 inches was from the crotch with chalk. I ended up cutting a little closer than the initial cut, about 6 inches from where the line you just marked is.

      Then, I rolled the jeans up to the line and pinned them. At this point, you need to be a little more careful.  I measured the depth of the rolled up hem to do this, and made sure it was equal all the way around.

      If you notice, I cut a notch in the jeans. These type of jeans end up being tight on my pretty muscular legs (AKA thunder-thighs), so I wanted a little extra room. I cut a piece of extra jean from the legs, folded it, and wrapped it up in the hem, as seen above. At this point, I would iron the hem, to make sure it stays put!
      The next step is to sew it! On the outside, I simply sewed up in one line, back-stitching it all the way back (duh). On the inside, I stitched right next to the "v"on the outside, and then a quarter inch behind it; then repeated on the other side of the "v."

      If you look here, I tacked the center of each cuff on the back to make sure it says put. I didn't go through all of the layers, just the two below the top layer.
      Aaaand that's pretty much it! It seriously takes much longer to set up your machine than to actually make the shorts. So, have a happy sewing!

Bonus! I distressed them a little using a sanding sponge. The trick is to sand left to right.

Let me know how it goes for you!
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