Tips and Tricks for Upcycling Your Jeans in 10 Minutes

LyndsCorr DIY
by LyndsCorr DIY
4 Materials
10 Minutes

In this tutorial, I show you how to upcycle jeans into super-trendy pairs of Bermuda shorts. I also teach you all the tips and tricks to choosing the right pair of jeans for this awesome upcycle. If you want to learn how to do this super fun and easy DIY that will leave you with a summer closet essential, my tutorial is for you! Follow my simple, step-by-step guide and get started on taking your denim to a whole new level!

Tools and materials:

  • Jeans
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
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Choose your jeans

The first pair of jeans I thought would be perfect for this upcycle is this wide-legged pair. I love that they fit the waist perfectly but are a bit wider around the legs. I thought these would make perfect shorts because I like having the legs of my shorts a little looser. 

Mark the jeans
Mark the jeans

The longer short is definitely in right now, so I measured on myself where I wanted to cut and made a marking on the pair of jeans. 

DIY Bermuda shorts

I laid the jeans flat making sure the side seams weren’t twisted. I then used a ruler to mark the line I would cut across. I always draw a diagonal line when cutting shorts because it really gives them the right fit. 

Cut the jeans
Cut the jeans

It was then time to cut along my line.

Bermuda shorts from jeans

I am so in love with these Bermuda shorts and how simple and easy they are to make. 

Try on the jeans
Choose your jeans

The second pair of jeans I transformed had a few details I didn’t love. I felt that the flair at the bottom was too wide and I didn’t love the two-toned style. I knew they would be perfect to upcycle into shorts. 

Use a marker
Mark your jeans

I measured on myself exactly where I wanted my Bermuda shorts to end and I marked that point. When measuring, make sure you feel comfortable with the length of your new shorts. 

DIY Bermuda jean shorts

Next, I laid the jeans flat and drew a diagonal line across my marked point. You want to make sure that when you lay the jeans down, the front is lower than the back because the back has more fabric. I wanted this pair to be a little more frayed, so once I had cut off the legs, I threw them in the wash and then in the dryer. 

DIY Bermuda shorts from jeans

I love how easy it is to make this amazing pair of frayed Bermuda shorts. Which pair is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Jeans
  • Marker
  • Ruler
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