I was taking out all of my daughter’s too little clothes from her drawers a few months ago. And she had a few pairs of jeans that were too little. At first, I put them in the bag for me to give them to Goodwill. Then I thought it would probably be pretty easy to make some DIY cut-off shorts with her too short jeans. Especially, since they still fit in the waist. I thought I could buy some cute iron-on appliques to jazz them up some. And that this would save me some money since I wouldn’t have to purchase as many spring/summer bottoms.
I’m so glad that I thought about this because the first pair that I made turned out really cute. Plus, these DIY cut-off shorts were super easy to make since they require no sewing. 🙂
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- Too short jeans that still fit in the waist
- Scissors or Pinking Shears
- Liquid Stitch
- Iron-On Appliques
- Marker or Sharpie
- Try on jeans and mark the desired length. Since I was making these for my 5-year old daughter I didn’t want them to be too short. When she tried them on I drew a straight line with a sharpie right above her knees. Once I had my lines marked, I told my daughter to take off the jeans.
- Next, I cut the jeans with scissors at the line that I drew.
- Then I folded the shorts up two times to create a cuffed hem.
- Once my cuffed hems looked like they were similar lengths for the each leg. I squeezed liquid stitch between the jeans and the fold of the cuff to secure the cuffed hem. I did this all around the cuffed areas to get a good hold.
- Next, I followed the instructions for adding the iron-on appliques. I placed ironed three appliques onto the front of the DIY cut-off short and then three more appliques to the back pockets.
- I let the liquid stitch dry for 24 hours before letting my daughter try on her shorts.
I was a really easy process. So I will definitely be making more DIY cut-off shorts in the feature. I like that you can customize your cut-off shorts with iron-on appliques.
A few weeks ago I also made a few cute floral headbands using Mrs. AOK tutorial for DIY Frida Kahlo inspired flower crown headbands. They were super easy and look so cute on my daughter. Thanks Dean for sharing the flower headband tutorial. 🙂