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An easy chop & bleach technique for refreshing denim shorts
Plain to party, in less than an hour, if you know exactly how much bleach to use! Check out my trial and error denim DIY below, using these $5 shorts I bought from a Brooklyn thrift shop.

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  • How to make shorts. Bleached Cut Off Shorts - Step 1
    Step 1

    We started out with a pair of bright blue shorts (with a bit of stretch) that hit just below the knee. We endeavored to give these run-of-the-mill bottoms a new life by turning them into a multi-color, semi-destroyed pair of cut-offs.

  • How to make shorts. Bleached Cut Off Shorts - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut them to your preferred length. There are no definite measurements for this—it’s up to you if you want to show a bit of your behind or if you want to be more modest. Always try them on, and then mark them. Remember the fabric will rise up about 1/2″ once cut, depending on the fiber content. Cut them longer if you plan to cuff them up.

  • How to make shorts. Bleached Cut Off Shorts - Step 3
    Step 3

    Do a bit of destroying. You can always continue after you have finished bleaching them.

  • How to make shorts. Bleached Cut Off Shorts - Step 4
    Step 4

    Use a scissor, razor, or any rough/sharp edge. Separate fibers at the hem and slits you make in the denim (patience is a virtue).

  • How to make shorts. Bleached Cut Off Shorts - Step 5
    Step 5

    You will see an increase in fringe and loose threads after you wash them, so don’t worry if they look too clean cut at the beginning.

  • How to make shorts. Bleached Cut Off Shorts - Step 6
    Step 6

    Set up a bleaching station. You will need bleach, a bin of water and bleach (our ratio was 2/3 bleach, 1/3 water—but you’ll have to experiment to find your ideal mixture according to your denim’s wash, texture, and fiber content), protective gloves, and a toothbrush.

  • How to make shorts. Bleached Cut Off Shorts - Step 7
    Step 7

    Be sure you’re doing this in a well-ventilated area, such as nearby an open window.

  • How to make shorts. Bleached Cut Off Shorts - Step 8
    Step 8

    Apply bleach with toothbrush. Flick, spray, splatter, and otherwise distribute the bleach how ever you please. We brushed ours downward from the seamline of the waistband, and then flicked some bleach at random on the fabric.

  • How to make shorts. Bleached Cut Off Shorts - Step 9
    Step 9

    Wait and watch! If the denim isn’t quite bleaching, add more.

  • How to make shorts. Bleached Cut Off Shorts - Step 10
    Step 10

    Repeat step 5 until you’re happy with your bleach-out! At this point, we added a towel to keep the bleach from hitting the wood base the denim was laying on.

  • How to make shorts. Bleached Cut Off Shorts - Step 11
    Step 11

    Once the front is dry, you can rinse and dry, or flip them over and do the same thing (quickly, because you don’t want the bleach to sit in the denim too long). By now you’ll have a good idea of how much bleach to use and how long to leave it.

    We also added faux-pockets with bleach to our shorts, because the welt pockets weren’t doing it for us.

  • How to make shorts. Bleached Cut Off Shorts - Step 12
    Step 12

    Rinse thoroughly in hot water (don’t worry if some of the dye runs out of the shorts. It’s probably going to happen—just make sure there are no dishes in your sink). Hang them or lay them to dry somewhere with plenty of ventilation. Once they’re dry, you’re done!

  • How to make shorts. Bleached Cut Off Shorts - Step 13
    Step 13

    Embellish! If you’re feeling extra creative, grab a patch or some studs, and decorate your shorts!

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