D.I.Y. Shorts – 3 different ways


Monday is Memorial Day, and you know what that means! OFFICIAL KICKOFF TO SUMMER. And you know what official kickoff to summer means? It’s now time for me to start living exclusively in jean shorts, flowy tanks and bandeau bras (well, except at work, because being a grownup has its downsides.)
I’ve been wanting to try out some different methods of making DIY shorts, and so that’s what I did! I had a few DIY fails along the way (including trying to bleach a pair of shorts….turns out bleach turns them white but ALSO eats away at the fabric, who woulda thought?) Either way, in my endeavors I found three methods that worked out great and I’m here to share them with you today!

I’m sharing the more “in-depth” steps in the video at the bottom of this post, so watch that for more information on recreating each DIY.


Method One: Up-cylce a pair of shorts
I found these shorts for crazy cheap at my local Marshall’s on the sales rack. I loved the way they fit, but was less than thrilled with their pom-pom bottoms. I love pom-pons, don’t get me wrong, my Christmas tree this year had a pom-pom garland, but I didn’t care for them on the bottom of my jean shorts. So I chopped those poms off and using some fusible webbing, I added cute U.S.A-themed pockets to the back to give them a trendy look!


Method Two: Jeans to distressed cut-offs
I got a pair of jeans that fit me great in the waist at my local Goodwill, but the length was not as great. I figured I could make them in to an awesome pair of shorts instead. I measured down about 9 inches from the top and cut off the legs. Using a steak knife, I distressed the edges. Finally I lowered the pockets to make them appear to be poking out the bottom.


Method Three: Jeans to cuffed shorts
For the final method I’m taking jeans and cutting them like I did in method two. This time I’m going about 10 inches down and then cuffing the jean. Using some studs from Joann Fabrics, I’m just popping these into a cute pattern on the front of the jean!

Viola! There you have it! Three super simple methods of creating some awesome jean shorts for the summer!

Which style is your favorite?




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