Today we’re going to make them. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cut-off shorts/Jeans to cut-off
- Invisible marking pen, chalk, washable marker
- Lighter, pliers, etc.
- If you haven’t already you need to cut-off your shorts. You can cut them off at an angle like the ones above, straight across, longer in the back, etc. It doesn’t matter the shape or the length, that’s your preference.
- Use the ruler and decide how close together you want the studs. Use your marking utensil to mark out a grid for the studs. I put purple dots where I am going to poke the studs just so you can see it better.
- Simply start the poking the studs through using the grid. I made sure to poke the prong on the left side of the stud into the intersecting lines on the grid.
- To close the studs I typically use the end of the lighter. It’s hard and small enough to poke the prong down. Some people just use their fingers and I have heard of others using pliers.
- If your shorts have not already been washed and frayed be sure to leave enough room next the cut edge to allow for fraying once they’ve been washed.
- Voila..you have a brand new rock n’ roll pair of cut-offs. Throw them on with your favorite band tee, killer booties and go rock out.
- The first time you wash them you may lose some studs depending on how well you bent the prongs in. No big deal, fish the studs out of the washing machine, bend the prongs back out and reinsert them. Just be sure you bend the prongs in better this time.
- To prevent losing studs when washing you may want to stick to hand washing if you’ve already frayed the edges, or wash them in a lingerie bag. I was going to go the lingerie bag route, but alas…I haven’t seen mine since the move.
- Chalks works as a marking utensil, but since you are handling the shorts so much putting the studs in, it tends to wear off once you get towards the bottom. I winged it, and you certainly can too, but a light colored washable marker or a marking pen from the sewing department might be better options. You can even choose to just make dots where the prongs of the stud will go, but i prefer making the grid because it’s easier for me to keep everything in line.