DIY Cutoff Shorts

Thursday, July 12, 2012

DIY Cutoff Shorts

Jeans or shorts
Embroidery needles
Embroidery thread (seen above)
Studs (if you like)
*Optional-sewing machine. 
It's a small amount of sewing so it could be done by hand.

I started by cutting the jeans to my desired length. I usually start long and go shorter. So this time I made a few cuts. The picture shows 2 but I made about 4. 
*Always try on in-between cuts!

Next, I layered the fabric over the shorts. 
There really was no easy way for me to do this so I lifted the fabric, then cut a few inches and repeated that until the whole section was cut out.

Next, I pinned into place. I put a few sides through my sewing machine, but it was difficult for me to sew using my machine without sewing the shorts together so I did it in sections. The hard to sew sections (the pockets!) I used embroidery thread to add a decorative touch and keep the fabric in place.

 I kept the colors of the fabric in mind when I purchased the thread. I wanted it to accent the fabric and add a boho look to the shorts. I used an embroidery needle and had the thread looping over the denim edge pictured above.

 I then decided to add a few decorative thread accents on the bottom corner with a couple scattered studs and on the pockets to tie the fabric into the whole pair of shorts.

Top: Thrifted ($4)
DIY Shorts: Thrifted ($10)
Sandals: Thrifted ($10)

This was such a fun DIY! It was an easy project and will be perfect for any summer shorts makeover.
The possibilities are endless with this DIY- whether it's stitching words with thread, adding fabric on both sides, or threading the entire pair in a cool design.
 I wanted to showcase the beautiful shorts so I kept the rest of my outfit simple. I've been searching for the perfect nude sandals that weren't too light for my skin tone and came across these beauties at a local thrift store. It's like they were made for me. And they were only $10!

I will be taking a little blog vacation because I'm volunteering for a few weeks at a camp. So what better way to leave y'all then with a little project for you to do when I'm gone :)
Thank you so much for all your support and I can't wait to come back!


  1. wow those are such great DIY shorts -- I wish I was crafty like that so I could spice up some of my old stuff! xo

  2. Wow, these are really cool. I especially love the embroidered detail. It definitely adds that little bit extra.

  3. WOW, that is so impressing. You are so talented. I could never do this myself but I love it and the diy shorts look so cute on you.

    Have a wonderful time at the camp.

    <3 Ani

  4. Hi!I found your blog at Pinterest and I'm in love with your posts and your amazing sense of style!
    Congratulations and sucess...from Brazil!

    X Carol

  5. This is so amazing! Looks like something that costs a ton of money from Free People!

  6. love this! although, if our jeans are of thicker material, would you suggest using denim needles?

  7. Those are super cute! And so easy to make!
    Thanks for sharing!


  8. Cute! love the shorts!
    Im a new follower :)

  9. nice blog.

  10. Those shorts look amazing! I love this pattern on the fabric and the colors :)

  11. Really enjoyed looking through your blog! Great style and genius ideas;)

  12. Such cute shorts! Enjoy camp, can't wait for your return!

    Laura @ A Little Bit of Lacquer

  13. I love your unique style. These shorts inspired me to do my own! Genius!

  14. Such a cute idea.. I'm wondering if I can complete this in time for this weekend's music festival.

    Thanks for sharing via Pinterest :)