Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Jean Shorts in 15 Minutes

The night before we left for a family reunion in Oregon, I decided I needed to turn a pair of holey jeans into shorts for our trip. Luckily I knew how to do it quickly. In just 15 minutes I cut them off and put a hem that looks nice without having to sew all the way around.
Basically, you cut the jeans, zigzag the edges to finish them, fold them up twice, and then tack them in place with vertical lines (more detailed directions below).


Pair of Jeans
Sewing machine
Thread--either matching the denim or white
Iron (yes, you really do need this)
Spray bottle with water
Ironing board (optional)


    Step 1
Plug in your iron and set it to cotton.
Cut the jeans off evenly about 3/4 to 1 inch longer than you want your shorts.

    Step 2
Using a small zigzag stitch on your machine, sew along the raw edges to prevent fraying. If the jean material is very soft, it will probably fray more easily. Consider sewing around the raw edges twice.
--The pair I wore all the time were regular junior's denim and I had no problem with fraying even after a year. However, the new pair is ultra soft, and tends to fray a bit more.

    Step 3
Fold the bottoms up 1/4 inch. Wet with water and iron in the crease very well. Now fold up the bottoms a second time, 1/2 inch to hide the zigzag stitching. Wet with water and iron in very well. Secure with a pin or 2 as needed.
Zigzag stitch, turned up 2 times and creases ironed in
Step 4
Sew straight lines to hold the folds in place. For each leg, I did 4 total--behind both the side seam and the inseam, and then 1 in front and 1 in back. For each line, go back and forth 2-3 times so the threads don't pull out. For wider shorts, add more straight lines. I wouldn't go more than 5 inches in between lines.
You can see the lines I sewed front and center to hold the seams in place.

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