3 DIY Summer Shorts

Summer has arrived, so you might want to spice up an old pair of shorts! Take a look at these 3 DIY Summer Shorts projects that have caught our attention! They’re fun, feminine and easy to make. All you need is a few decorative materials from your local crafts store and no more than an hour of me-time depending on how fast you work!

1. Lace-Tiered DIY Summer Shorts

Lace Layered DIY Summer Shorts

I first saw this DIY Summer Shorts project on Fashion Diva Design. As you can see in the picture, it’s pretty self-explanatory. But in case you’d like a few words for reassurance, we’ve got you covered.

What You Will Need:

1. A Pair of Plain Shorts

They can be any color as long as you have near matching lace trim. But white lace is most common!

You can try regular cotton or linen shorts or use shorts with spandex  for a more snug fit.

2. Matching Lace Trim (width of 2 to 3 inches will work best, but there will be plenty of options)

3. Fabric Scissors

4. Needle and Matching Thread

How to Make Lace-Tiered DIY Summer Shorts

1. If your lace trim is 2 to 3 inches wide, you only have to cut one side. Cut enough to wrap completely around your shorts.

2. Sew on your lace trim with a little less than 2 inches between each layer starting at the bottom-most layer. That way no one can see where you attached the lace trim.

That’s really all you have to do! But please take note:

*If you are using shorts that zip up, orient your lace so that the ends meet at the zipper as shown in the above image.

**If you are using spandex shorts, orient your lace so that the ends meet in the middle of the back (the butt crease)!

2. Daisy Denim DIY Summer Shorts

Gwen from This Fashion is Mine was inspired by the embellished daisy denim shorts worn by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Coachella back in 2013. But I think that you’ll agree that these DIY summer shorts are looking just as cute in 2014!

Daisy Denim DIY Summer Shorts Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Like the first DIY project, this one is also really easy to make as long as you have a basic knowledge of sewing.

What You Will Need:

1. High-Waisted Denim Shorts (Above: Vintage Levi Shorts)

2. Flower Appliques (Above: white flower appliques from eBay)

3. Fabric Scissors

4. Needle and Matching Thread (here, white)

5. Sewing Pins

How to Make Daisy Denim DIY Summer Shorts

1. First you can choose if you want a rough edge or not by cutting off your hem or leaving it alone. Also, feel free to go shorter or longer depending on what feels most comfortable and desirable for you!

2. Lay out your design. You can cover the whole panel of your shorts leg like in the image below or you can go for a more minimalist look by merely utilizing the corners or edges.

Daisy Denim DIY Summer Shorts

3. Pin each individual flower in place with your sewing pins. Be careful to go through one layer of denim so you can still get your legs in your shorts and your hands in your pockets!

4. Flip your shorts inside out. You’ll be able to see the other side of your pins. That’s where you’ll want to sew each individual flower. Depending on how many flowers you have in your design, this might take some time.

Daisy Denim DIY Summer Shorts inside out

After you’ve completed sewing each flower, that’s it! You’re finished! Keep it simple up top since you’ve already got a flowered pattern below the waist and you’re ready to go! Flower appliques are generally safe to wash. But if you want to be extra careful, you can hand wash them or use a laundry bag to assuage any concerns.

Daisy Denim DIY Summer Shorts finished

For more DIY Tutorials from This Fashion is Mine, check out Gwen’s DIY Friday Archive!

3. Jean Cutoff DIY Summer Shorts

Cutoffs DIY Summer Shorts

Thanks to Cella Jane, here’s a way to make your own distressed jean cutoff shorts without paying the ridiculous prices demanded by designer jeans! I mean there’s less material than full jeans, so it should be kinder to your wallet!

What You Will Need:

1. A Pair of Old Jeans That Still Fit!

2. Fabric Scissors

3. Sandpaper

4. Optional Bleach

How to Make Jean Cutoff DIY Summer Shorts

1. Mark your jeans at the length of your choice. Keep in mind that they may shrink or you might want to cuff them.

2. Cut your jeans starting with the front of your jean leg.

*Angle your scissors down when you cut the back panel of your jeans. The back of your jeans needs to be an inch or 2 longer than the front so that your booty will have full coverage!

3. After you’ve cut your jeans, you can begin the distressing process! Scrape off sections with your scissors or sandpaper.

Cuttoff Jeans DIY Summer Shorts Distressing

You can end your DIY project at this point if you’d like. If you wash your jeans, you’ll see fraying at the ends, completing the distressed look. Otherwise, continue on to step 4!

4. (Optional) Bleach them out by pouring bleach directly on the front and back of your jeans in a bucket or the sink. Let the bleach sit for 20 minutes and add bleach to any areas that have not been bleached to your satisfaction.

*Be careful not to spill the bleach on you or your clothes!

5. Wash your jeans to remove the smell of bleach and fray the ends. Then you’re finished!

Jean Cutoff DIY Summer Shorts Bleached

Hope you liked these 3 tutorials! If you want to see more of our favorite DIY Shorts Tutorials, check out our Make It Monday: Lace Cutoff Shorts and Make It Monday: American Flag Shorts blog posts!

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