Nothing says summer like a pair of cut offs. They are comfortable, easy and definitely a summer staple in my book. Since I still have some baby weight to lose (and I won't stop eating ice cream), my cut off shorts from last year are still a little tight. Nothing a trip to the thrift store and a pair of scissors can't solve.
To do this project, I started by picking up some jeans at the thrift store (during this trip). I found some that fit comfortably and were $3.99, which is pretty good for jeans.
Step 1: Try the jeans on and decide how short you want them to be. I cut them a little longer at first to make sure I didn't go too short. You can always take more off, you can't put more back on.
Step 2: After you get the shorts to a length you like, get a piece of sandpaper and some scissors to add some holes. I like to start a few small holes with scissors and then tear them into bigger holes, then use the sandpaper to rough them up a little bit. It also looks really realistic to just use sandpaper to make the holes. I like to add sandpaper worn holes on the pockets.
Step 3: After cutting and "destroying" the shorts, wash them. After washing them, use scissors to cut off the excess strings. I like to leave some of the strings, but trim off the a lot of them.
That's it, it's a really simple project and way better than buying pre-destroyed cut offs from a retailer, in my opinion.
Hope you've had a great summer so far!