DIY Cut-Off Shorts {No Sewing Required}

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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Materials/Tools Needed


  1. 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.
  2. Next, I cut the jeans with scissors at the line that I drew. 
  3. Then I folded the shorts up two times to create a cuffed hem.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.             
  6. 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. 🙂


Do you make your own DIY cut-off shorts?


  • Reply Mary June 12, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I have some serious thunder thighs. When I exercise a lot they tone and expand so most of my jeans end up not fitting. Making them into shorts is the only way I feel better about this never ending process. I love all the cute patches Sonya 🙂

    • Reply Sonya June 15, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks Mary!!! I’ve been thinking about buying a pair of jeans from Goodwill and making myself some shorts with patches. 🙂

  • Reply Tamara June 13, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    These are adorable! And they fit her so perfectly. I have trouble with store-bought shorts for Des and Scarlet. They seem to all fit a certain body type my kids don’t have. Maybe I need to try these!!
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    • Reply Sonya June 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks Tamara! These are definitely worth trying. 🙂

  • Reply Nicole S. June 16, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Adorable idea! I’m going to get some appliques and try this for my daughter today. She has so many jeans that she outgrew but they still fit her waist.

    • Reply Sonya June 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Nicole!!! There are so many cute appliques available that I’m sure you will create some cute pairs of shorts. 🙂

  • Reply robincharmagne June 20, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    She looks so cute and happy in her new shorts. I am going to try this DIY!
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks Robin!!! I hope you share when you try it out.

  • Reply LaKita June 22, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    These are so cute and a great way to re-purpose and get some more use out of jeans that are too short. Love this!
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    • Reply Sonya June 26, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks LaKita!!!

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