You can transform a regular pair of jeans into a cool pair of jorts with some basic tools and a little creativity! Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Jeans (preferably non-stretch denim for cleaner cuts)
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker or chalk
  • Sharp fabric scissors or pinking shears (pinking shears help prevent fraying)
  • Optional: sandpaper or sewing machine (for a more finished look)


  1. Decide on your length: Try on the jeans and cuff them to your desired jort length. Mark the desired cut line on the leg with your fabric marker or chalk on both legs, ensuring they are even.

  2. Cutting the Legs: Take off the jeans and lay them flat on a surface. Double-check for even marking on both legs. Carefully cut along the marked line using your sharp fabric scissors or pinking shears.

  3. Trimming (Optional): If you used regular fabric scissors, you might want to trim any loose threads or frayed edges with pinking shears for a cleaner finish.

  4. Sanding the Edges (Optional): For a more distressed look, you can sand the cut edges lightly with sandpaper. This creates a frayed, worn-in appearance. Be careful not to overdo it!

  5. Hemming the Edges (Optional): If you want a more polished look and to prevent further fraying, you can hem the edges using a sewing machine. There are different hemming techniques, so you can search online for a video tutorial that suits your preference.


  • Start with a longer length and gradually cut shorter if needed. You can’t add fabric back on!
  • If you’re unsure about cutting straight across, you can cut a diagonal line for a more angled jort look.
  • For a distressed look beyond frayed edges, you can create small rips or holes using tweezers or sandpaper. Again, go slow and controlled to avoid large tears.
  • Wash your new jorts before wearing to soften the fabric and settle the fraying.

Safety Reminders:

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  • Be careful when using sharp objects like scissors and sandpaper.
  • If you’re using a sewing machine, make sure you know how to operate it safely to avoid injuring yourself.

With some creativity and these steps, you can transform a pair of old jeans into a trendy pair of jorts!

5 Steps to Making a Pair of Jorts for the Lake
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