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Cut-Off Jeans…with Fabric Hem and Side Knots

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Cut-Off Jeans…with Fabric Hem and Side Knots

 

I’m not trying to speed up spring at all….but since we now live in Oklahoma, the weather has gotten warmer so much faster than we’re used to.  And every time the kiddos dress themselves in the morning and come out with a long sleeve shirt when it’s 82 degrees (F) outside, it reminds me that I need to start “summer-izing” their clothing.

 

And I know I mentioned last week that my girls don’t really wear pants — they prefer skirts.  Well, I always buy them at least one pair of jeans each year (in case we go camping, are out late on a chilly evening, etc.) and they inevitably receive a few hand-me-down jeans from someone….so there are always a few pairs kicking around.  Well, when I was going through their drawers the other day, I realized none of the jeans they had actually fit anymore.  All of them were too short.  I asked Elli if she would wear them if I turned them into shorts this summer….but added a little bow or color of some sort to them.  She was excited about that and told me YES!  And Chloe will do whatever Elli does, so she agreed as well!

 

So, I whacked those jeans right off and turned them into Cut-Offs with a Fabric Hem and Side Knots!

 

 

 

Cut-Off jeans are so simple and are great for summer too (and we’ve done that in years past as well)…..but how much cuter are these with a little fabric around the bottom….and that darling knot!

 

 

 

I know you must have old jeans around your house too…..with those rascally holes in the knees. (Those are actually Connor’s jeans down below….because my girls don’t wear theirs enough times to get holes.)  Or maybe they are just too short.  Well — give them another life!

 

 

 

The bottom edge of the jeans is completely enclosed, so don’t worry about any fraying.  And those little side knots give the perfect little accent to the sides….with a tiny peep hole of skin.  (And I’ll show you how to tie the perfect knot down below….that always stays straight and perfect.  Every time.)

 

 

 

Perfect for summer…..or Oklahoma spring! ;)

 

 

The best part……all you need is a few scraps from your fabric stash.  A cheap fix!!!

 

 

 

According to Elli and Chloe, long jeans are a no.  And jean cut-offs (with some flair) are a yes.  These girls of mine sure crack me up! :)

 

 

 

Want to fancy up your jeans??

 

Of course you do!

 

 

SUPPLIES:

  • An old pair of jeans to cut off
  • Cotton Fabric scraps (amount depends on the size you’re making
  • measuring tape

***Check out my Sewing Terms 101 post, for additional help.

 

***Okay, first of all, there’s probably several ways to do this….but here’s why I chose this method.  Ultimately, you can just attach fabric to the very bottom edge of the jeans and call it good.  But, I really wanted to sandwich the fabric around the bottom edge of the jeans, so that it would keep all the raw edges enclosed, but ALSO, so that there was a layer of jeans between the fabric to keep it thick and sturdy.  If I only attached the fabric to the bottom edge and kind  of let the fabric hand down from there, I was worried the fabric would wrinkle or get smashed every time it was washed/worn/etc. (And they’re just play clothes, so I didn’t want to have to worry about maintenance.)  And then the side section is folded up and sewn, so that the ties have room to be knotted at the sides of the jeans.  (And also so there’s no frayed edge.)  This will all make more sense as you read on….but, just wanted to share what’s going on inside my head! :)

 

Okay, before cutting anything, have your subject try on the jeans and mark with a pin exactly where you want them cut off.  Feel for the top of the knee and decide from there.  (You don’t really need a pin on both sides….because you’ll be using the one cut leg to measure and cut the other.)  But you can make these as long or as short as you want.  Perfect! :)

 

 

Now, as a reference, this is the left pant leg that I’m working on below.

 

From the desired pant leg length (where your pin should be, but I removed mine in the pic below), measure down one inch on the OUTER LEG SIDE SEAM.  Then, make a cut over to the right, 1 1/4 inches.  Then, cut up 1 inch.  Then, cut off the rest of the pant leg off, right at the desired length (where your pin was originally).

 

 

Now, if you need some idea of what to do with those pant legs…..here’s 35 denim projects that I shared over the weekend.  SO many fun things to make with old denim scraps!

 

 

Now, back to the pant leg.  From that inner corner where that extra flap meets the desired pant leg length, make a 1 inch cut, straight up.  Repeat  all steps on the other pant leg.

 

 

Now, turn the pants inside out.  Fold up the flap on one of the pant legs 1 inch…

 

 

…then fold it up 1 more inch.  Pin in place.

 

 

Then sew in place.  (I used white on this side to show you the seam but navy on the other side so that it wouldn’t be noticeable.)  Repeat with the other leg.

 

 

Now, I know your pants won’t look like the image below but I just want to be clear that you now need to measure the entire width of the pant leg, right at the very bottom near the desired length.  Write down that number.

 

 

Now, you need to figure out how much fabric to cut.

 

So take the number you measured above and multiply it by 2.  Then add 11 inches to that number.  That is the LENGTH of the fabric strip you’ll be needing.  The WIDTH of the strips will be 5 inches.  (If you change the width of the strip, you’ll need to adjust the cuts in the pants.)  Cut 2 strips the exact same size.

***For example:  Elli’s pant leg was 6 1/4 inches wide.  So, 6 1/2 x 2 = 13.  And then 13 +11 = 24  So, I cut two strips for her, that were 24 x 5 inches.

 

 

Now, fold the ends of both strip over 1/2 inch, WRONG sides together.

 

 

Now, take one strip and turn it into the same type folds as double folded bias tape.  (More on bias tape here.)  Fold it in half lengthwise, with WRONG sides together.  Iron flat.  Then, open it up and fold both edges in toward that center fold. Iron again.  Then close it up again, along that original fold…and iron again.

 

 

This is how your folded strip should look.

 

 

Now, open up each end and fold the bottom corners up towards the center line, creating a pointed end.  Iron flat.

 

 

Then close and iron flat again.

 

 

Now, let’s attach your strip.

 

Fold one of the strips in half and mark with a pin.  Then make sure that the OUTER LEG SIDE SEAM (which is on the left down below), is folded right along the seam.  Then flatten the pant leg and make sure there’s no bunching in the back, and place a pin along the INNER LEG (on the right side down below).  It won’t be right along the inner seam because jeans are generally wider along the back to give room for the bum, and then they gradually become the same width as you reach the bottom of the pant leg.

 

 

Now, open up your fabric and slide under the pant leg, matching up your pins.

 

 

Close your fabric, sandwiching it around the edge of the pant leg. Pin in place.

 

 

Continue sandwiching the fabric around the bottom of the pant leg and add more pins as you go.

 

 

Once you reach the portion of the side of the pant leg that is hemmed up, stop pinning.  Repeat with the other pant leg.

 

 

Now, it’s easier to sew the next part if you turn the pants inside out.

 

Slide the pant leg under the presser foot of your machine and begin sewing along the INNER LEG SIDE SEAM.  Sew through all the layers (fabric on top, jeans in the middle, more fabric on bottom) top-stitching about 1/8 of an inch from the upper edge of the fabric.  Remove pins as you go.

 

 

Continue sewing until you get about an inch away from the hemmed section of the jeans.

 

 

Since the folded over fabric folds over 1 1/4 inches and the cut in the jean is only 1 inch, the fabric should fold over taller than the hem.  Adjust your fabric so that this is so…..and then locate a spot about 1/4 inch onto the folded fabric.  Once you fold over the fabric, this is how far you’ll sew….just to be sure all of the raw edges are hidden within the seams.

 

 

Fold over the fabric back in to place, still keeping an eye on that spot that you located in the step above.  (You can place a pin there if that helps.)

 

 

Continue sewing until you reach that spot.  Then stop and keep your needle down in the fabric.

 

 

Lift up your presser foot and move the jeans over to the left and out of the way.  It’s okay if the jeans pucker up a bit….but keep the fabric nice and flat, and still lined up straight in front of you.

 

 

Continue sewing the edge of the fabric shut, 1/8 inch from the edge, and away from the jeans.  Continue sewing the rest of the fabric strip.

 

 

Once you reach the end, rotate your fabric and continue sewing the bottom of the strip, along the diagonal edge.

 

 

Now, rotate your jeans to the other side of the presser foot, so you can sew the other half of the pant leg the exact same way.

 

 

Now you should have one pant leg complete.  Repeat with the other pant leg.

 

Not so bad, right??

 

Okay, moving on…

 

THE PERFECT KNOT

When I was in college, I had a summer job at Ann Taylor Loft.  There was a pair of capris for sale that summer, that had a belt sash that needed to be tied at the waist.  The lady training me showed me how to create the perfect knot, so that each tail of the knot was even and hung the same way.  And the fabric from the center knot was flat, non-twisted, and non-bulky.  I’ve remembered it ever since….and it’s works like charm!

 

And yeah, it doesn’t really matter how you the tie the knot on each leg….but if you want to tie the PERFECT KNOT, here’s what I learned.

 

Cross the right side over the left…

 

 

Then tuck the left side behind and up through the top…

 

 

…then bring that left side down so that both ends are pointing down.  Pull on the left side so that it’s slightly longer.

 

 

Then cross it over to the right side…

 

 

…and then pull that right side around the back of the other tie, over to the left side.

 

 

…..and then up and through the hole of the fabric loop you made and pull it through.  Just be sure to keep the fabric in the center (that is becoming your knot) flat and straight up and down.

 

 

Then, continue pulling both ends straight out, right and left.  You can leave it loose for a big chunky center knot….or tighten it to make the ends longer and the knot a little smaller.

 

 

DONE.

 

A perfect knot EVERY time!!!

 

 

Now, go enjoy your new cut-off jeans!

-Ashley

 

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Looking for other ways to use up old jeans?  Check out these 35 Denim Projects made from Old Jeans.

Or how about these 25 Modern Quilting Ideas…  So fun!

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. Mathilde says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I was able to turn some torn jeans into very cute adult summer pants that end just below the knee. I very rarely dare sewing actual clothes for myself but they turned out great.

  2. Monica says:

    WOW! This is the very BEST, CLEARLY written, DEMONSRATED tutorial I’ve seen!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to photo each step, as well as write what to do demonstrated in each photo!! I cannot wait to make my granddaughter (who is only 7 mths old!) several pair of these (mini versions) :-). I also plan to update my capri’s with a cute edging like this……I can’t wait to begin!!!!! Thank you so much!!!

    Monica, Fenwick Island, Delaware

  3. Sherrie says:

    This is an excellent tutorial–very clear, easy to follow instructions and great photos! Thanks so much for sharing. I just finished a pair for my daughter and they came together beautifully.

  4. Bethany says:

    I just turned two pairs of pregnancy pants into pregnancy shorts following your directions. I LOVE how they turned out. I am not great with a sewing machine, but I was able to follow your directions easily. I appreciated the pictures! They were super helpful. Thank you!

  5. Karla says:

    Hi, just finished up a pair of cut offs, only problem is I don’t have enough fabric to make a proper knot. I even added a few inches to length as I wanted a longer tie off. I did exactly how you showed in the photos, and now not sure what to do. Any suggestions? Everything else looks just fine.

    1. Ashley says:

      Hi Karla! Did you measure the width of the pant leg and then multiply that number by 2? And THEN add 11 inches?? If you added several inches on top of that, you should have had plenty. I’m not sure what else could be going wrong, other than maybe your fabric is super thick and it’s having a hard time tying into a knot??

  6. becky soward says:

    I think you are so talented. I absolutely love this idea

  7. Kristy says:

    I’ve had this post pinned since you published it and just sat down to do it today. The shorts turned out adorably and the knot IS perfect. Ahh it’s the little things that make us happy right? Anyway hope you’re ok in OK (haha). We moved to Texas 5 years ago and I still struggle with tornado season but I like it otherwise!

  8. Mira says:

    Just made these for myself! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  9. Abbie Cottle says:

    Made them, they look wonderful! Have a photo to share if you want to see!

    1. Katie says:

      We would love to see it!

  10. Abbie Cottle says:

    Made them, they look wonderful! Have a photo to share if you want to see!

  11. Argran says:

    I was so surprised when I saw this. My mom actually did this to several pair of my jeans that had gotten too short for me back in the 50’s! She also made me a top that matched the trim on the shorts.

  12. Mareike says:

    OMG! I’ve made them. And I’m totally in love with them. Can’t wait for warmer weather to be worn be a little girl. Thanks alot for sharing this great tutorial! And this knot… Cute cute cute ;-)

  13. Naomi says:

    I think this would also be a goo way to finish off a pants to jean skirt. That way you don’t have to worry about finishing off the bottom edge. May do this to my daughters jeans she also likes to wear skirts. And I hate that now and days there so short.

  14. Lorena says:

    I SOOO love this! thank you very much.

  15. Cucicucicoo says:

    Super cute! I’m not a frill-loving person, but even I have to admit that those are adorable! :) Lisa

  16. Tricia says:

    The knot is called a square knot and there is an easier way to remember – right over left and under, left over right and under. It’s the only way to tie knots in clothing stuff and have it lay flat, for sure.square knots also loosen easily when you push the two sides of fabric towards each other but don’t fall apart or get crazy loose if you pull on the loose ends. It’s used a lot in sailing as well.

    1. Ashley says:

      I guess you’re right…..ha! And to think, I’ve always said that little diddy in my head for years, and didn’t realize it was the same thing, but slightly modified. I guess the only thing I need to remember is to make one end longer than the other and keep that center piece of fabric nice and flat and centered down the middle. Perfect!

      Thanks Tricia! :)

  17. Teresa says:

    What advice do you pros have for this amateur seamstress on how to not break the needles when sewing on jeans? I tried it before and it was a disaster Thanks!

    1. Ashley says:

      Go really slow over the thick sections. You should be able to go through one layer of denim with no issues. Even two layers, as long as they’re flat and no other seams or thick threads are in the way. But once you read a side seam or some really thick folds, always slow way down. And sometimes if it’s super thick, I use the wheel on the side of the machine and manually turn it to make the needle go up and down, until I get through the really thick stuff.

      Don’t give up…..I have broken many needles and always get frustrated that it even happened. But you’ve got this…..this project is a nice and simple one! :) And if it’s not perfect — who cares? They’re upcycled old jeans! :)

      Good luck!
      Ashley

  18. Katy says:

    I saw a cute idea for boys worn knees. Monster patches. They cut out the bad part to open up the knees, put a piece of fabric in the open hole, adding felt teeth on the top of the hole and stitched eyes above the patch. Way more cute than I can describe. Couldn’t get a pic to paste here.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, I have seen those….I totally know what you’re talking about! And yes, SO cute! My almost 7 year old getting out of the cute monster stage, so I need to think of something else he would really like, but you better believe I’ll have to try those on Oliver’s jeans (my 9 month old).

      Thanks Katy!

  19. Teresa says:

    Ashley these are so precious, can’t wait to make a couple pairs for my granddaughters! I really enjoy all your tutorials and humor ;) Just finished your staircase and painted light fixtures tutorials (can’t wait to do that one!) that you did in your beautiful home in Colorado …And now your in Oklahoma? Well…. WELCOME to our lovely state! We have some absolutely glorious lakes, if you’re anywhere near the Tulsa area, (I”m in Broken Arrow) Lake Tenkiller, (by Tahlaquah) is my favorite place to camp, although all our lakes are beautiful.

    Love love love your blog!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, you’re so welcome!!!! So glad you’re enjoying the blog! :)

      And good luck with the light fixtures!

      Thanks for the warm welcome…..we really are enjoying it here! Everything is so different but we already feel like this is home! :)

  20. Rachel Berry says:

    This tutorial is perfect!!! My youngest daughter has holes in all her school jeans, I now know what to do with them and it will save me money! No need to buy shorts from the store this year! THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

    Rachel :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Yes, this tutorial was MADE for you! :) Haha! And good luck, I’m sure she’ll love them!!!

      -Ashley

  21. Leah Briick says:

    I love these! In fact I am going to make them for myself. To keep them age appropriate I am plan to make them slightly longer more like a long short or even a Capri. I can’t wait to do them. Thanks for the tutorial. They look so easy and super cute.

    1. Ashley says:

      That’s a great idea….I’d love to see them when you’re finished! Good luck! :)

  22. Silvia says:

    so cute!!!felicitaciones!!!
    Tu eres una mama muy cariñosa!!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Awwww, gracias Silvia! Cuidase! -Ashley

  23. Alicia says:

    This is the greatest thing! I have 3 boys followed by a girl. I have stacks of otherwise perfectly good jeans, but with holes in the knees. I can’t wait to make these for my daughter along with skirts I saw on your other link! Thank you for a great tutorial!

    1. Ashley says:

      This is PERFECT for you then! In fact, it sounds like you can make these cut-offs for all the neighbors too! ;)

      Good luck!!!
      -Ashley

  24. marni says:

    These are completely darling, and my daughter just noticed her jeans were too short for her yesterday! Will definitely be making these!
    I think you may have the wrong photo in the spot where you’ve got us measuring the width of the pants leg? It looks like you haven’t folded up your notch yet in that photo, so may end up with a fabric tie that’s too wide.

    Thank you so much for this tutorial – great idea as always!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh thanks Marni, there is an error there in the picture I put there…..but the directions were correct. You need to measure all the way across because the ties will still need to fit all the way around the leg and then be tied. Otherwise, you’ll need to add more than the 10 extra inches. But just measure the entire width and then calculate the measurements you need, using the equation above.

      Thanks again for pointing that out though….I changed the words up a bit!
      Ashey

    2. marni says:

      Oh, gotcha! thank you so much – I hope to get some sewing machine time this weekend!

  25. CeCe says:

    This is so cute! All the teen shorts are way too short so this is perfect. how would you do it with out the little notch? would you sew the fabric all the way around then add a knot on?

    1. Ashley says:

      Yep, you would just cut the jeans off right at the length you want them at and then sew the folded strip all the way around and overlap the ends at the side of the jeans. Then, you’d have to create a shorter piece of fabric for the knot that you would just tie into a knot and attach to the sides of the jeans, as if they were tied there. Make sense? That would be just as cute….with no hole!

      Good luck!
      -Ashley

    2. CeCe says:

      Yes that makes sense. Thank You!

  26. Necoe says:

    Super cute, as always!

    The house up the street from us sold about the same time you announced your move to OK. You didn’t happen to move to Shawnee by any chance?

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, really? How funny…..but no, that’s not us! Wouldn’t have that been crazy though?!! I would be knocking on your door for a plate of “welcome cookies”! ;)

  27. Denise/DIY Crush Marketplace says:

    Such a great and detailed tutorial!! I also like to shorten my daughter’s jeans (or other pants) pretty much every summer. And you can make a matching top to go with the cute tie band! Thanks for offering great tutorials!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yes, that would be really cute to match up the shirt too! Great idea! :)

  28. Maria says:

    Thank you for this great idea. My (almost) 9 yr old daughter has long legs too, and she hates wearing shorts that are too short (she might get that from me), so I’m going to have to make her a few of these for the summer. Last summer she had me make her some shorts from jeans as well, but this will be so much cuter. My 2 other girls aren’t quite as picky about short length, but it will make me feel better about what they are wearing if I make all 3 of them some of these.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yes, my older daughter has long ol’s legs too! And I don’t love shorty shorts on her either. This will be perfect for her….and so fun!!!

      Good luck!
      -Ashley

  29. Janine Voigtländer says:

    Hi Ashley,
    here’s a big thank you from Germany! I’ve just read your tutorial for these great shorts! My daughter prefers skirts and dresses, but she immediately said yes to these shorts. :)
    And we’ve lots of pairs of jeans from last winter as the kids always rip the fabric at the knees. :)
    Thanks for the idea!
    Janine

    1. Ashley says:

      Your daughter sounds just like my daughters!! :)

      And that’s great, I’m glad she approves! Sounds like you have plenty of jeans to work with. Good luck!

      Ashley

  30. Laura Chipman says:

    These are so cute! I am always looking for a fun way to update pants with holes in them. My friend Rachel Hicks actually goes to church with you. I have been following your blog forever, but she mentioned the other day that you moved in. You should get to know her, she’s crafty, fun, and has a hilarious, dry sense of humor. Thanks for the cute ideas!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yes…..I KNOW RACHEL!! And yes, she is adorable. And yep, she is a witty little thing. (And so darn cute when she’s pregnant!) The sad thing—is that they just split the wards here and split us up. Grrrrrrr. We were just starting to meet some really great people too! I’m sure we’ll still see each other though, we live really close together.

      How funny that you know her! Super small world! :)

    2. Laura Chipman says:

      Ward splits are always a bummer. It is a small world indeed. It seems like the internet makes it all that much smaller. :)

  31. CreativeKhadija says:

    So pretty and perfect tutorial. thanks for sharing dear Ashley :)

    1. Ashley says:

      You’re so welcome…and thank you! :)

  32. Jessica says:

    I already made a pair of these and LOVE how they turned out! Thank you so much for your darling tutorials. They’re so easy to follow– you make me feel like I can actually be a seamstress. :) Thanks again!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yay…..so glad you already gave it a try! And hey, if you made these, you ARE a seamstress! No more denying it! :)

      Thanks Jessica!

  33. DEBBIE says:

    SO CUTE,, I NEED TO DO SOME OF MY GRAND GIRLS JEANS LIKE THIS FOR THIS SUMMER. THANKS FOR SHARING

    1. Ashley says:

      They will love it!! :)

  34. Tammy says:

    Very cute. I’ve been turning my daughter’s jeans into shorts for years. I usually add a fabric ruffle or cuff but will have to give the knot a try. In our house she’s the one who puts holes in her pants, not my son.

    1. Ashley says:

      A ruffle is super cute too! But now she can have some variety! Enjoy!

  35. Kristie says:

    Love this idea, especially since girls shorts are just way too short for this mamas comfort level. Wonder how it would look on their mom? Maybe not. :) Thanks for putting this up!

    1. Ashley says:

      I know…I completely agree! I’m not a huge fan of so much leg showing….especially my 8 year old Elli, and those looooong legs of hers!

      And you know, I bet you could totally pull it off on adult shorts too. Just choose a more muted fabric perhaps. I just look terrible in shorts….so I won’t be making them for me. Ha! :)

  36. Lesley says:

    This is a great useful tutorial. I’m going to do this for me! Have you made them for yourself? I think I may just go with lower contrast in color. Thanks!!

    1. Ashley says:

      No, I haven’t made them for me (because I’m not a fan of shorts on me…blah!) but I think you’re right, if the fabric was more muted, you could pull it off. And could look cute!

      Good luck!

    2. Anonymous says:

      I think it would be adorable to take old women’s jeans and make them into cute capris! So many times the bottoms get frayed …. this would be a wonderful repurpose for we older gals! :-)

    3. Jo says:

      Love this idea – but really annoyed that as my daughter now refuses to wear jeans at all (we are in the skirts and leggings brigade here) I don’t have any to do this project with. So glad I read the comments though – I have a few pairs of my own jeans with holes in the knees I could try this with for me!

  37. Ellie says:

    So super cute! All of my girls need new shorts and this will be a great way to get them. Really, this would work as a way to lengthen shorts that are too short, too. Love it!

    Does Elli still play with the doll that matches her new shorts?

    1. Ashley says:

      How funny that you remember that fabric! And it was actually on Chloe’s doll and when Chloe saw me using that fabric on Elli’s shorts, she said, “Hey, that’s my fabric!” Haha! I couldn’t believe she knew exactly where it was from too! :)

  38. Melissa says:

    Definitely doing this for my daughter, but let me know if you think of a way to do the same for a boy! Plain fabric with no knot too girly still or just weird? My son wears holes in all his jeans (even the iron knee jeans), so this would be handy. My husband is opposed to “jorts” so I can’t just cut them off :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Yeah, I’ve been trying to think of something for boys…..but I need to let it stew a little longer. And yeah, “jorts” aren’t super popular around here either for the boys.

    2. Tasha says:

      I’ve been trying to figure something out for my boys too. With boys sometimes the rolled up jean looks good, what if you did a turned up cuff instead of the fabric? Cut off the bottom of the pant leg bottom, and re-attach them as a turned up cuff? Or what about a plaid instead of a plain fabric? Plaid shorts are popular for boys right now. Sorry, I have so many of my boys pants with holes, I’m just trying to come up with something that is definitely more boy than girl. You know husbands :) Can’t blame them too much for wanting their boys to look like boys.

    3. Nicole says:

      I was thinking about this for my boy too. I would just sew a band of fabric around the bottom. Whatever he’s into. Camo, superhero, just a plain color etc.

  39. Amy Sheppard says:

    This are so cute! I really appreciate you sharing this information.
    Also, thanks for the instructions on how to tie the bow.
    Amy

    1. Ashley says:

      You’re welcome!

      And yes, maybe most people already knew that….but I love making my knots flat and pretty and right where I want them! :)

  40. Heather says:

    Totally doing this! It’s so hard to find girls’ shorts that are long enough; this way my daughter and I choose how long (and how cute!) her shorts are.

    1. Ashley says:

      I agree. That’s why we love this too!

      Have fun with it!
      Ashley

    2. Rebekah says:

      I AGREE about long enough shorts – SO hard to find – these will be the perfect solution for both holey jeans and the need for longer shorts! LOVE them!

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