DIY: Update Your Cutoffs

There’s no denying it, cutoffs are a wardrobe staple this time of year.  And with all the variations of color, fabric, textures, prints and more, there’s certainly no shortage to our selection.  But if you’re like me  and you’ve got a few pairs of old cutoffs from previous summers that could use a little makeover — or if you just want to give your cutoffs a little something special to make them stand out — today’s DIY is for you.  I spotted the image above on tumblr and got inspired to update a pair of cutoffs by adding some fun printed fabric!

What you need: a pair of cutoffs (I used these), fabric of your choice, scissors, a needle and thread

Start by cutting a piece of fabric that is large enough to cover one side of the shorts. Attach it with a few safety pins to keep it from moving around.

Start sewing the fabric to your shorts – I used the natural seams of the shorts as a guideline.

As you sew, you can trim off the excess fabric  as close to the stitches as possible.

And there you go! A “brand new” pair of cutoff shorts to wear all summer long :)

Shown here with the Without Reason Tee and Charlie Converse.

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Photos by Julia.

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Comments

  1. I love this idea!!! I have so much fabric laying around from other projects… now I know what to do with it. I love how easy this is too!

  2. :D love it!! thank you so much for giving a new idea for my cut off shorts!! and i might try it with some of my capris:)

  3. this is actually my number one need to do for summer! i really need shorts, anyone know a cute place to get colored cutoffs to sacrafice?

  4. does anyone know where can I find “free peopleish” fabric like this?
    I love the floral & vintage look & would love to make my own!

  5. I love this idea! I have actually picked up some old shorts and fabric today from Joanne’s! I already made one pair of shorts and they look fabulous! Thank for the help.

  6. how does it work when you wash them? does the stitching easily keep dirt from going between the two fabrics?

  7. great tutorial! will it work with other denim things, like vests and jackets for example??

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