Turn old jeans into fun summer shorts

I have been seeing these amazing colorful shorts for the summer all over the place. The marigold Citizens of Humanity Manic Cheeky shorts pictured above are available for $158 and the alice + olivia neon pink Cady Cuff shorts run at $165, both are available at shopbop.com. There are plenty of cheaper stores carrying these fun cutoff shorts, but I thought I could put together a fun DIY and spend less than $5 on making them myself.

Summer shorts

What You’ll Need:

  • Old pair of jeans or shorts
  • Bleach
  • Gloves
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large bucket or sink
  • Fabric dye (I used Rit dye in Fuschia)
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board or mat

The Process:

  1. Find an old pair of jeans or shorts that fit well. I used an old pair of skinny jeans from H&M that had a small hole in the knee.
  2. Fill a large bucket, sink or bathtub, with hot water, enough to cover the pants or shorts completely. You want to be sure that the container is large enough that the jeans or shorts can move around freely. Pour about three cups of bleach for every gallon into the water, then place the denim into the bleach water. Be sure to wear gloves and old clothes just in case you get any bleach on your clothing. Submerge every inch of the fabric into the water using the wooden spoon. Leave them in the water over night. Place the jeans into the washer to wash and rinse the bleach out of the fabric. If your jeans are not yet white, repeat the process until they reach a bright white. It took me about three days to get these jeans to turn white.

    Jeans in bleach
  3. Once the jeans are white, give them one final wash and dry and you are ready to cut them into shorts. Now, if you like them as jeans, you can dye them now and skip the entire cutting process. If you want to turn them into fun summer shorts, put the jeans on and make a small mark on the spot where you want to cut them on one side seam on one of the legs. Be sure not to cut too short or to cut the back pockets. If you want to make cuffed shorts, mark them a couple inches lower than where you want them to lay on you. I marked mine about two to three inches below the back pocket to be safe. If you want cutoffs, you don’t need to add the length, just be wary of the back pockets. Now you’re ready to cut!
  4. Take the jeans off and fold them in half lengthwise. Lay them on a flat surface and check and double check that there are no big wrinkles or folds. Place your scissors at the spot where you marked your jeans and begin cutting. Be sure to cut down at an angle, not straight across, otherwise you will cut off the crotch or it will be too short in the crotch area.Cutting the jeansTry your new shorts on! If they’re a little too long to your liking, cut a little more off the bottom. Remember to do little cuts at a time. You can always cut more off, but you can’t add more length if you cut them too short.
  5. Now for the really fun part, the dying process. Prepare your dyebath according to the instructions provided with the dye you purchased. I used the sink method. Follow the instructions that came with your dye on how to dye your new shorts, or jeans if you decided not to cut them. The longer you leave the fabric in the dye, the deeper the color you are going to get. Be sure to wear gloves and thoroughly clean your sink, bucket, bathtub, or washing machine and anything else you used to prepare your dyebath with bleach.Dyeing the shorts
  6. Place your new colorful shorts in the washing machine (be sure to thoroughly rinse any excess dye out of the fabric first) for one last wash cycle. Once they are dry, put on your new colorful summer shorts and enjoy! If you want to make them cuffed, iron about an inch of the bottom of the shorts up. If the cuff doesn’t want to stay up, take a needle and thread and thread the side seams up a little, or use fabric starch to keep them pressed.

    Cutoff shortsCuffed shortsYou like my sweet floral ironing board cover I got at WalMart? 😉

Ta daa! You now have an amazing pair of colorful shorts that cost less than $5! Please post pictures and let me know how your shorts turned out if you tried this DIY.

Carina Jaynes


Connective collective

As I browse through my blogroll on Google reader each day, I tend to get lost in links. Sometimes I find myself sitting at my computer hours later still finding a new link to click on to read new information or see new pictures. The internet is so endless and fascinating, I just can’t help myself.

I have been wanting to start a link party of sorts where I showcase some of the best links I have found during the week. This is the beginning of that party. The following links are just a few of my favorites that I have come across this week.

  • Leo Babauta writes a very inspirational Guide to Overcoming Self Doubt. His little rant really hits close to home for me. I doubt myself every single day. My subconscious is always there telling me, “You can’t do this. You’re not talented enough. You’re going to fail. You’re just a follower. You can’t be that person that does it and does it well,” which then only leaves me in a safety zone that I am too scared to leave. Well, it is time to leave the comfort zone and explore life and prove to myself that I can overcome these doubts.
  • Let’s face it, America is in debt. In some form or another, we all are too. Ramit Sethi’s guest blog post on Life Hacker, How to Pay Down Your Debt and Invest at the Same Time, is a great watch and read if your looking to pay off those student loans or credit card debt, but aren’t too sure if you should be saving and investing for your future. If you’re a twenty-something college student or a recent grad, I suggest checking out Ramit Sethi’s blog and book, I Will Teach You How to be Rich. It has awesome tips about how to save money and invest and guides you through the steps to becoming a young retiree and/or millionaire.
  • This one is for all of you DIY’ers. I love this DIY Pottery Barn inspired patio umbrella stand side table from Shanty2Chic. It retails for $299, but you can easily make one for a lot cheaper yourself.
  • Another one by Leo Babauta, 20 Small Actions to Create a Fit Environment with some great tips that I use
  • Moon Raven has some of the most unique jewelry pieces I’ve ever seen. I love the antler choker!

Well, are you?

Bang, bang

Can I just say how ridiculously awesome these Guardian Angel bags by Vlieger & Vandam are?!

My entire family and I are into shooting guns. Pistols, shotguns and rifles, oh my! I especially am in love with the black pistol clutch, which runs at a whopping $218 on their website. The bags are all handmade from Eastern European bull hides. The weapons, which include a knife, pistol and handcuffs, are all hand-embossed onto the front of the bag. I can imagine myself now, walking down the streets of Los Angeles when I get off work, warning criminals not to mess with me because that I may be packin’ some heat. Who needs pepper spray when you have this badass accessory?

How do you channel your ‘inner-badass’?

Girl’s night and shoes

In order to celebrate a good friend’s goodbye to college, I have decided to host a little girl’s night at home. Being the good hostess that I am, I wanted to provide some food and drinks. Being back on to my on-again, off-again paleo diet plan/lifestyle, I made some healthy chicken wings. We all know how messy chicken wings can get, so I decided to wear my one and only apron that I actually made as a school project in my fiber surface design class.

This apron, however, is one of those half aprons that only covers the bottom half of me. So, taking a page from Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City, season 6, episode 4), I decided to wear it around my top half. It worked out pretty well if I do say so myself. It was pretty cute to boot, in a silly way. On top of that, the wings turned out pretty well. I’ll definitely be making them again.


After tirelessly slaving away in a hot kitchen, and to reward myself on getting through two job interviews today, I needed some retail therapy. I went online to UrbanOG.com and got me a new pair of shoes and some mint colored jeans (finally!). The shoes are a bit on the crazy and wackier side, but for $13, how could I resist? Besides, if I don’t like them, I’ll just send them back. Definitely one of the many perks to shopping online. I don’t have to leave the comfort of my own home. Not quite what I thought they were? Zoop! Back in the box they go and are shipped off the next day.

What kind of therapy do you need after a long, stressful day? Spa treatments? Massage? Retail?


I’ve been catching up on reading all the blogs I follow (there’s more than 700 posts…holy poop), and am jumping on the daily jewels post bandwagon. I’m not a huge accessorize-r, I tend to wear the same things everyday, but occasionally, I’ll switch it up when I am feeling fashion-y. I don’t tend to wear a whole lot of jewelry though.

My daily jewels.

  1.  Diamond earrings from my grandmother. They were a birthday present awhile back. I typically wear them everyday and usually only take them off to clean them.
  2. Bow necklace from Forever Twenty-One. My sister gave me this necklace when she used to work at Forever 21. She initially got it for herself, but didn’t want it anymore. I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on it in the past.
  3. Springtime ring. This is actually the first time I’ve worn this ring out. I’ve had it for quite sometime, but never wore it. I got it at the San Diego Threadshow from a lady that makes all of her own jewelry. I wish I would have kept her card so I could post it to share with you. I love the colors of the flowers and the cute rabbit on it. I got a lot of compliments on it today. I’m definitely going to have to wear it out more often.

What are some of the jewelry pieces you wear on a daily basis?