DIY Cutoff Shorts

Thursday, July 12, 2012




DIY Cutoff Shorts

Supplies:
Jeans or shorts
Scissors
Embroidery needles
Embroidery thread (seen above)
Studs (if you like)
Fabric 
*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!





16 comments:

  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

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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

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  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
    www.fleurani.blogspot.de

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  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

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

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

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

    Olga

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

    http://www.elohveethree.blogspot.ca/

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  9. nice blog.
    http://educationaltoysonline.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/educational-toys-are-good-for-your-childs-growth/

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

    http://particularprushka.blogspot.com/

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

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

    Laura @ A Little Bit of Lacquer

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

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  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 :)

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