This DIY project began yesterday as a result of shopping trip, when I was tempted to buy a ridiculously overpriced pair of cut-off jean shorts. I turned to my best friend and master DIY-er Annie to help me turn an old pair of jeans into jorts. Easy, fun, and most of all affordable, anyone can do this project: All you need is an old pair of jeans, sharp scissors, and a piece of chalk.

Here’s the step-by-step:

Step 1
  • Step 1

Step 1: Try on jeans; tuck in pockets and see where the seams lie before marking with chalk.

Step 2
  • Step 2

Step 2: Start a few inches down from pockets, mark with chalk at desired length. It’s better to cut a little longer versus shorter. You can always cut them more after trying on to see the length.

Step 3
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Step 3: Make sure chalk marks are even before you begin choppin’.

Step 4
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Step 4: Lie jeans flat and cut carefully on along the chalked line.

Step 5
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Step 5: Cut both pant legs off to desired length, then try on.

Step 6
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Step 6: Fold together and even out any strays


Step 7
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Step 7: Pop into the washing machine, then dryer to achieve the frayed look.

Step 8
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Step 8: Wear with love and enjoy your new jorts!