Summer is prime season for cutoffs, and if you're looking to save money on a new pair—or just looking to be creative!—it's easy to turn an old pair of jeans into a killer pair of cutoffs with a little DIY know-how.
Step one: Try on your jeans and mark how short you would like to cut them. Remember: You can always make your cutoffs shorter, but you can't add length back to sections you've cut. Err on the side of longer as you're getting started.
Step two: Using scissors, slowly cut off the legs of the jeans, making sure to leave the back section of the leg a little longer than the front section.
Step three: Distress the hemline on your new shorts by pulling on loose threads.
Step five: Place your newly-cut shorts on the cutting mat. Using an X-acto knife, slice horizontal parallel lines into the front of your shorts.
Step six: Pull out individual blue vertical threads with your fingers (or a tweezer if you can't get a good grip) to reveal the white threads. The first one can be difficult, but once you getting going, it's really easy.
Step seven: Rub the sliced-up areas of the jeans with sandpaper to get a worn-in look.
Complete your project by washing your jeans in the machine to give them that perfectly-distressed look. Hang them dry to prevent shrinkage. The more you wash, the more the threads will fray, creating an even better look for your new cutoffs!