How To Sew Your Old Jeans Into Comfy And Stylish Denim Shorts

Wondering what to do with your old pair of jeans? Are you planning to cut it out and turn into a rug or floor mat? Don’t decide just yet! There are so many sewing projects you can make to turn your old jeans into something new and stylish. Just like this tutorial, we’ll share with you. This sewing project will help you turn your old jeans into stylish denim shorts with fabric cuffs in just 20 minutes.


How To Sew Your Old Jeans Into Comfy And Stylish Denim Shorts

Turn Your Old Jeans Into Stylish Shorts With Fabric Cuffs In Just 20 Minutes

If your closet is stocked with an old pair of jeans, I guess it’s time to clean your closet and recreate something fashionable out of your old denim. So today let me share you a sewing project on how to make a cuffed denim short that every sewing beginners can easily make. This tutorial will turn your old jeans into a brand-new cuffed denim short in only 20 minutes.

This tutorial by TLC inspirations will show us how to turn old jeans into stylish cuffed denim shorts. The tutorial is very easy and only involves a very simple sewing process with a couple pieces of fabric and of course old jeans. In just 20 minutes, you’ll have a super cute, personalised, and one of a kind pair of shorts. So, let’s get started.


Here are the materials you will need:

  • Pair of old jeans
  • Scissors and thread
  • Sewing pins
  • 2 pieces of fabric


Notes before you move on to the step by step tutorial:

  • Cut jean legs at the same time so they match.
  • Iron your two pieces of fabric so they’re easier to work with.
  • The height of fabric is up to you. Width will yield a cuff that’s about 1/3 of fabric length if 1/2″ seam is used (ex. 4.5″ will give you about a 1.5″ cuff). Length is determined by folding a fabric in half (short end to short end) and laying it across the jean leg. Make sure it covers the leg and then add an extra inch or two. Size is “negotiable” on this project.

Step 1. Prepare the strip fabric


Flip your fabric over the wrong side facing up. Then, fold it in half lengthwise and pin straight across the raw edges. Do the same step for the other piece of fabric.


Step 2. Sew the fabric strip


Sew the strip fabric with a 3/8 seam allowance.


Step 3. Pin the strip fabric around the jeans leg


Pin the strip fabric around the outside of the jeans leg, so that you can figure out where the seam is gonna go and how long it has gonna be.


Step 4. Mark the beginning and end of fabric with a pin


Make sure that the beginning and end will meet exactly at the jeans seam. Pin the beginning and the end of the fabric without touching the jeans. Then, remove the pins you did all the way around, except the pin you put in the beginning and end of the fabric.


Step 5. Sew the bottom of the fabric strip


Remove the fabric. Fold and make sure the pin is still there where the bottom was. Then go back to your sewing machine and sew the bottom and remove the pin.


Step 6. Put the strip fabric back around the jeans leg


Put the strip fabric piece back to the jeans leg, make sure the seam is facing out and the raw edge of the seam is pointing down and it should meet with the raw edge of the jeans. Pin it again all the way around.


Step 7. Sew the fabric strip to the jeans


Sew along the left side of the stitch of the fabric until the beginning and end meets.


Step 8. Flip the fabric and iron


After completing that seam, flip it over all the way around and iron.

Step 9. Sew between the fabric and jean, and so the bottom edge


Sew along where the jeans meet the fabric and do the same thing on the bottom edge.


Step 10. Do the same on the other side


Do the same thing on the other side. And you’re done! Go try another one. Happy sewing…

Watch the full video tutorial below for clear details:

With just a little creativity, you can turn your old pair of jeans into stylish new shorts. Even the oldest jeans can be turned into something unique and lovely, whether you’re a sewing beginner or advanced sewist, old jeans are a great and easy sewing projects.

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2 thoughts on “How To Sew Your Old Jeans Into Comfy And Stylish Denim Shorts

  1. Sandee Osborn says:

    I’m a beginner on using a sewing machine. I would like an easy way on how to hem my jeans. When I purchase the jeans, they are too long. So how can I learn how to sew them to the length I need without getting frustrated and just give up?

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