DIY: 4th of July Shorts


The 4th of July is fast approaching and I decided I needed something patriotic to wear. I cut up an old pair of jeans and added some stars and stripes fabric, found here. I actually used some kite string to sew the fabric on. My hand stitching skills are subpar so I figured the more rustic the better.

What you'll need...

  • an old pair of shorts (or jeans cut into shorts)
  • stars and stripes fabric (1/4 yard of each)
  • string (or embroidery floss/thick thread)
  • needle
  • scissors
  • scrap paper
  • sharpie

Start by cutting your shorts. I left mine a little long so I could roll them up.

Place paper on top of your shorts and trace the front with a sharpie. This pattern doesn't have to be perfect.

Cut the fabric about 1/4 inch larger than the pattern.

Sew the pieces of fabric onto each side. Don't trim the fabric until you're finished sewing. As you can see in the photo below, the stripes side is finished but the side with the stars still needs to be trimmed.

Once you've finished sewing and trimming, you can fold the bottom of each side or run a sharp knife along the bottom to give them a frayed look.

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