How to Cuff Shorts Properly / 7 EASY Steps To Cuff Shorts! DIY

There are some things that you can do to extend the life of your old pair of jeans that normally you don’t want to throw them away. One of those things is to cut them off and turn them into stylish cuff shorts.

Another thing is to use a pair of short that is longer in length then create a cuff by simply rolling them. You can sew your cuffs to keep them from rolling down by stitching the inseam and outseam and if you don’t want to sew them, you can use fabric glue to attach the cuff

Beyond their versatility, there is so much to love about these shorts. Not only are Cuff Shorts flattering to nearly every body type but also nowadays, you can get them in any color or design imaginable. You can even create cuff shorts yourself. If you want long shorts, simply use a pair of pants to make them.

For those of your that may be wondering about how to cuff shorts, do not worry, this article is going to explain you this process

Pants Vs Shorts for Cuffed Shorts

If you are someone who plans to create cuff shorts. The first step is to choose your beginning fabric and here there are two options.

The first option is to choose an old pair of jeans that you don’t wear anymore or a pair of jeans that has some tears or rips in the leg, then cut them off into shorts and create cuffs.

The second option is to take a pair of shorts then turn it into stylish cuff shorts by rolling it up. To keep the cuffs attached you can sew them or use fabric glue

The only real requirement is “enough material” to create a cuff while maintaining the desired length so you don’t want to begin with short shorts

Denim Vs Cotton

Khaki or trouser material works well for creating cuff shorts. The lighter cotton material is also easier to sew than denim jeans

Cuff Width and Length

To create a stylish and eye-catching pair of cuffed shorts follow These Steps:

  • Roll up the cuff 3/4 of an inch for the first roll and 1 inch for the second This is a good starting point. But, the cuff can make your legs look larger or smaller. So What is the best cuff to choose?
  • If you have big or large thighs, a thicker cuff is the best choice because it will make your thighs look smaller. So consider 1 inch for the first roll and 1-1/2 to 2 inches for the second roll

if you have skinny legs, a dainty cuff is the best choice: consider 1/2 an inch for the first roll and 3/4 inch for the second

if you have larger thighs, choose shorts that have a loose fit in the leg (denim or khaki shorts), but if you have smaller legs, choose form-fitting shorts

Creating Cuffed Shorts
Creating Cuffed Shorts

Creating Cuffed Shorts

  • To create Cuffed Shorts, take a chalk and mark the length you want your finished shorts
  • Decide how thick you want the cuff and add the length of both rolls, for example, if you choose 3/4-inch and 1-inch rolls, you’ll need 1-3/4 inches to create the cuff
  • Measure this length beginning at the line you made on the fabric and make a new mark.
  • Cut the shorts to the desired length
  • Create your rolls
  • Iron the cuff so it lays properly

Sewing Cuffed Shorts Vs No Sew

There are two ways to keep the Cuffs from rolling down. Whether you sew them by simply stitching the inseam and outseam with a needle, or use fabric glue to attach the cuff to the pant leg

Cuff Shorts Sewing Pattern

If you have a sewing machine you can sew your own short. Sewing your own shorts gives you control over the color, cut, size and waist of the shorts. If you want stylish cuffed shorts, consider making your own instead of buying in-store

MoodFabrics and Sewdirect offer shorts patterns. You’ll also find a huge selection of patterns on Etsy and Amazon.

Rolled Cuffs on The Fly

If you have shorts longer in length. and you want to shorten them temporarily, the great option is to create a cuff by simply rolling your shorts up and when you are finished wearing them, you can unroll these shorts to get their initial length

To keep the cuff from rolling, you can safely pin the cuff from the inside of the shorts.

Steps to Cuff Shorts:

Step1 = Provide all the essential tools that you may need (the shorts that you have already cut, needle, thread, scissors, sewing pins).

Step2 = Roll the bottom twice to your desired length

Step3 = Pin the Cuff from the inside of the shorts and especially in these following areas = side seams, middle front and two middles in back.

Step4 = The Sewing1: Thread your needle and tie a know at the end

Step5 = The Sewing2: The side Poke the needle from the inside of the cuff, to the outside. Now sew from the outside to the inside of the leg hole Tie and cut thread and repeat to other side

Step6 = The Sewing3: The middle poke the needle from the inside of the cuff to the inside of the leg hole.

Repeat working your way up once again when as close as possible, poke needle through the fold of the cuff, and then to the leg hole a little lower work back down, tie a cut thread. Repeat sewing to other leg.

Step7 = You have now a beautiful cuffed short. If you like to make it more artistic, decorate it the choice is yours.


Cuffed shorts are a stylish and versatile addition to any wardrobe. Whether you prefer a more casual or dressy look, cuffs can elevate the appearance of your shorts. By following the simple steps outlined above, you’ll have the perfect cuff in no time. So go ahead, give it a try, and make a statement with your cuffed shorts.

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