Double Dose: Summer Shorts Makeover

Monday

Summer has taken full swing, making it the perfect time to whip up some summer shorts projects. We went on a bit of a shopping expedition over the weekend, and I must say there are some really cute trends for the upcoming season. But like most of us, my wallet isn't begging to be emptied, so I came up with a few ways to give a couple pairs of shorts your dresser drawer might already own, a new look. Take a peek...

Supplies: Shorts (mine are from a second hand store for $5 each!), doilies or trim, thick fabric.
Pantry Supplies: needle and thread, embroidery thread, sewing pins, scissors, iron.

For the doily shorts, begin by ironing down a small fold on the hem of the shorts. Mine was about 1 1/2 inches. This will cover the thread when you stitch the trim/doilies on. Then, flip them inside out, lay the fold flat, and pin the trim/doilies around the hem. See how a bit of the shorts is longer than the trim? This is so that when it's folded back after it's sewn on, it won't show too much of the trim. Once it's pinned where you would like, sew it in place. Lastly, flip the shorts inside out and iron the fold again so that the trim peeks out the bottom.

For the fabric pocket shorts, simply take a piece of fabric (I used a thrifted place mat!), and cut it slightly larger than the size of the pocket. Then, stitch it in place with embroidery thread. I chose to make mine messy with various stitches and stitching patterns. Lastly, trim off the excess. 

What pretty pieces are you creating for the summer sun? xx

34 comments:

  1. I agree with Jenni, too cute :)

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  2. that lacy pair is so pretty! I recently turned a pair of my hubbys jeans into shorts and now I'm thinking lace would be a great idea. :)

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  3. I adore both, they are adorable and such a good idea!

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  4. Love ALL of those. so creative.
    jennybodell.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh, yes, I'd love to try these!

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  6. I've been thinking of sewing lace on my shorts too!

    -Kate

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  7. Amazingly cute and modest now that's they way I like it! Time to go retrieve all my fabric scraps :)

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  8. The scalloped ones are my favorite. Such a great idea! xo, rv


    http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

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  9. So cute...I have a pair of jeans I will totally be doing this with! Thanks Kinsey!

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  10. so cute! even though we're going into winter here in the southern hemisphere i may have to try this out!

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  11. loooooove the fabric pocket shorts! I might try the doily ones too if I trusted myself to sew them :)

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  12. These are so cute! I really want to make some like them! <3

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  13. OMGOODNESS! How Cute! I really wanna try the pocket one!

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  14. Love these ideas!! I just need to find shorts to experiment with :)

    ~Jacy

    http://laviedelenore.blogspot.com

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  15. I love them both. So pretty!

    http://stainsofpaint.blogspot.com/

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  16. Looks great :)
    I think I have to try it with old jeans, cut and make them like yours.

    By Änna
    http://violetnibiru.blogspot.de

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  17. so inspirational and so lovely! I really admire your blog!
    xxxx Tess

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    www.readbeautiful.blogspot.com

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  18. I love your all creation...all are looking very pretty & graceful. I also try this thing.

    reversible belt 

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  19. Nice. I did the similar thing with one of my shorts. ;))

    http://nosceteipsum9.blogspot.com/

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  20. both of these are just gorgeous, I just did a shirt DIY that would go perfect with them :)
    Zoe
    http://gypsiesister.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. I want to do this! I really like the lacy-bottomed ones. I believe I'm making a trip to the thrift store today to scout for supplies!

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  22. nice photos
    looking gorgeous
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  23. so super cute! I always love your DIY's! :) -Lo

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  24. I'll try it!! Very nice for summer time! ;)
    B.

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  25. Oh, these are so adorable! Thanks for the ideas!

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  26. Love these! This gives me a really good idea for a drawer full of old shorts I have. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  27. These shorts make me super happy! Ready for summer love!

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  28. had a go at the fabric pocket ones! totally cute, can't wait to wear them this summer!
    http://entirelyevelyn.blogspot.co.uk/

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  29. There is nothing more satisfying than a good denim shorts make over! I love the scalloped trim :) x Rachel

    http://pointlessprettythings.blogspot.com

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  30. You look wonderful, truly beauty with amazing sense of style !
    Leather Jacket

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