How to make denim and lace shorts {DIY}

I’ve always wanted cute denim shorts, but I could never find a pair that is not too short and also not too long. Short shorts is a huge fashion trend for summer 2013 so I decided to do a little DIY and make my own denim shorts with lace inserts (inspired by Pinterest and this blog post) from an old pair of boyfriend jeans that I wanted to throw away. Here is a step-by-step DIY tutorial on how you can do exactly the denim and lace shorts.

HOW TO MAKE DENIM SHORTS {DO IT YOURSELF}

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How to make denim shorts from old jeans {tutorial}

To get started: You will need an old pair of jeans, lace (in the colour of your choice), scissors, a needle and thread and some pinning needles.

tutorial diy denim shorts with lace

How to make denim shorts from old jeans {tutorial}

Step one: Cut off your jeans where you want your shorts to end. To be on the safe side, I cut it off quite low, then tried on the ‘new’ shorter jeans and marked where I wanted the shorts to end. I then cut it again where I marked.

tutorial denim shorts with lace diy

How to make denim shorts from old jeans {tutorial}

Step two: To make space for the lace insert, cut a little triangle out on the one side – on the seam of the jeans. Use the little piece that cut out to measure the triangle you cut out on the other side to make sure both triangles are the same size. You don’t have to necessarily cut out triangles – you can always work the lace over the material, but I didn’t want my shorts to be tight fitting around my legs and I wanted a little bit of skin to peek through.

diy tutorial denim shorts

How to make denim shorts from old jeans {tutorial}

Step three: If you’re not too worried about a rounded off look, you can skip this step and move onto the next one. I worked a little bit of lace around the seams of the triangle just to give it an edge.

tutorial denim shorts diy

How to make denim shorts from old jeans {tutorial}

Step four: Cut a couple of pieces of lace in roughly the same length as the area you need to cover (the triangle). I cut mine slightly longer and then trimmed it off at the end. Put the strips of lace on top of each other to form a triangle that will fit over the gap on the sides of your shorts. Pin it together at the top and work the lace together – starting at the top. If you don’t want to lace to flop around once you work it onto your shorts, work each piece of lace onto the next one. I did this – it takes a little bit longer but it looks better in the end. If you don’t do this it’s going to look like you just worked on some pieces of loose hanging lace to your shorts. Not cute.

diy tutorial shorts with lace

How to make denim shorts from old jeans {tutorial}

You should end up with something similar to this. I’ve already cut off the excess lace. Now do exactly the same on the other side.

diy denim shorts with lace

How to make denim shorts from old jeans {tutorial}

Once you’re done, you can roughen up the edges of the jeans with some sanding paper. I didn’t have sanding paper so I used my pumice stone. If you can, rather use sanding paper.

THE RESULT: SHORTS FROM OLD JEANS

I’m super happy with how the shorts turned out. This is a fairly easy DIY project and it only took me a couple of hours to do from start to finish. I think these shorts are great for summer – I love the length and the overall look.

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I think the shorts turned out great

What I’m wearing: Dark round sunnies from Legit / Black top from Zara / Shorts – DIY project / Sandals from Accessorize

I have a few DIY and sewing projects coming up, so if DIY is your cup of tea – keep an eye on the blog. Next up is a pair of layered lace shorts also made from an old pair of jeans…it’s a lot of work but it’s looking great so far!

Chat to me in the comments, what do you think of my DIY denim and lace shorts? Until next time!

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