There are many ways to save cash when trying out new fashion trends. A Do It Yourself Project (DIY) can save you lots of money and best of all, you can say that it’s your own personal creation! This is my favorite DIY project to take on because it is easy, fast, and cheap.
Last year, I fell in love with these denim cutoffs from Urban Outfitters. However, they are around $40, and I realized I could make a pair of these at home with little effort. After I made my first pair last year, I wore them to Urban Outfitters and the employees couldn’t tell the difference.
This vintage, high-waisted style is everywhere right now and I’m going to show you how to make a pair for yourself for less than $10 (or less than $5 if you have some of these common supplies at home and shop on the right day). READY? Let’s go.
First, head over to your local Goodwill and start digging for some high-waisted jeans. Regular price for these is about $7 but if you go on a 50% off Saturday (which I did), you can score a pair for $3.50. That way, you might be able to get 2 pairs in case you mess up one.
FAIR WARNING: This project does require some sharp objects, so please be careful and use your best judgement.
What you’ll need when you find a pair:
- Jeans (obviously), I like to find a pair of high-waisted ones circa 1980’s or 90’s
- Scissors (a pair of heavy duty ones from a toolbox works best)
- A Razor or Razor Blade (for fraying and distressing)
- A Sharpie Marker
STEP 1: Try on the jeans and decide how short you want them to be. Take them off and then mark on the outside seam with the marker. This should be the shortest point of the shorts.
STEP 2: Cut jeans at an angle going downward towards the inner seam (the bottom edges of the shorts should make a V when you’re done). It’s important to do this because if you cut them straight across, they will not lay correctly and you’ll be disappointed.
STEP 3: Start fraying and distressing. This can take some time, so I just like to do a little bit here and there.
To fray: Pull and drag over the loose strings on the bottom edges of the shorts. This can be meticulous, so be patient. Take the razor edge and rough up the bottom edges of the shorts.
To distress: Drag the razor across the fabric and rough up the outside of the shorts. A loose razor blade can speed up the process because it allows for more cutting, but they scare me (haha) so I just use an old safety razor that I’m done using in the shower. Once again, this can take a while.
You won’t get them perfect right away. I’ll do a little fraying and distressing and then throw it in the washer (it helps the process along). I’ll do it over the course of a few days. I like to see them evolve over time.
AND VOILA!!! You have you’re own pair of cutoffs! (I felt adventurous and made three pairs this weekend. All three cost about $11.)
p.s. Can you spot a cute, little cat tail on the ground? haha. Coco wanted to help out with the project.
I hope this inspires you to get a little creative! I always have so much fun doing these projects, and I’m sure you will too.