Looking for a way to make a plain old pair of denim shorts exciting again? Well, I’m about to tell you how in just six easy steps!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED: An old pair of denim shorts (I used a pair that I already previously DIY’d); dressmaker pins; scissors, self-adhesive velcro; and trims and material of your choice.
STEP ONE: Do up the pair of shorts and turn them inside out.
STEP TWO: Grab the ‘loop’ side of the velcro and cut them into 4cm long strips. I am using the ‘loop’ side (softer side) of the velcro as this will be placed on the inside of the denim shorts – this way you won’t get chafed like you would if you used the ‘hook’ side.
STEP THREE: After you have peeled off the adhesive strips on the ‘loop’ pieces of velcro, apply them onto the inside of the denim shorts – I used six per leg with three on the front, and three on the back.
STEP FOUR: Grab your trim and measure it by pinning it along the hem of the shorts.
STEP FIVE: Once you’ve made your way around the leg with your trim, make sure you leave a little bit extra before cutting the excess off.
STEP SIX: After cutting up the ‘hook’ velcro piece into 4cm strips, stick them onto their corresponding ‘loop’ pieces (velcro to velcro). Unpin the trim from the denim shorts. Remove the adhesive tape from the ‘hook’ pieces, then carefully apply the trim onto the adhesive side.
VOILA: Repeat the whole process on the other leg, and voila – you pretty much have a brand new pair of shorts!
NOTE: You can also use ‘Sew-On’ velcro for a stronger binding between material and fabric. I used self-adhesive velcro as it was a lot quicker and easier.
TIP: Play around with different textures and patterns – I used sequins and brightly coloured trim and even made pretend pockets out of pastel gingham fabric.
All up, the materials cost me just under $35, however that is because I bought a piece of sequined trim, which cost about $12.50 alone.
Although it may be a little cool for shorts at the moment, I’ll definitely be making more interchangeable trims in time for the warmer weather!