How to Turn Jeans into Shorts or Capris with Fabric Cuffs in 20 minutes!

How to Turn Jeans into Shorts or Capris with Fabric Cuffs in 20 minutes!

Learning how to make shorts is a fun way to welcome Spring! Turning Jeans into shorts or capris is also an easy beginner sewing project because it only involves cutting off your old jeans and adding fabric cuffs to the legs – which can be any size you like!

Turning jeans into shorts is quick and easy process involving nothing more than your sewing machine, a couple pieces of fabric, and your old jeans. In the end, you will have a super cute, personalized, one of a kind pair of shorts that YOU created in only 20 minutes.

And, it’s just as simple to make shorts for kids who grow out of their jeans so fast. Just cut them off, turn those jeans into shorts or capri pants by adding some cute fabric cuffs, and you’re all set for Springtime running around.


Old pair of jeans
Fabric scraps or 2 small pieces of fabric
Sewing Machine:
Sewing scissors:
Sewing notions (pins, thread, etc):

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  1. Very nice! I think this would also work on the bottom of a t-shirt and the sleeves. Watching this while we have a winter storm outside:)

  2. Shorts season is right around the corner. If you have some old, worn out jeans or jeans that are too short, or ones you don't like, I know what you can do with them for Summer!

  3. Good, I'm glad that the jean cuff idea has inspired other ideas for you. Let me know if you come up with any shirt ideas…Pinterest has some great ideas for that. 🙂

  4. this is such a great video you have given me ideas what to do with my left over material thanks now I need ti figure out how to add some material to a shirt.

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