These were my sons jeans. They were VERY played in. Holes in the knees, stained around the ankles.... you get the picture. I soaked them all day in bleach and then did a light wash. Then another wash with pink dye. Chopped them off above the knee and added bias to the bottom. And tada... I upcycled some old jeans bound for the trash into some cute shorts for girl #3 to wear.