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DIY Demim Repair With Stitches & Florals

UPDATE: This post originally ran on February 20th 2013 but we love this DIY for festival season so we’re bringing it back!

It’s that time of year when I start wanting to break back out the denim shorts.  After months of them hiding away in my closet it’s almost time to wear them again and I can’t wait – cutoffs are probably one of my absolute favorite pieces of clothing. Last year I was all about studding cutoff shorts but this year I’m really into destroying denim, and then repairing that denim with visible stitching and floral patches.  I love the way it looks – it retains that cool destructed look but with a little pop of color and a cheerful print peeking through.  Learn how to do it below!

diy denim repair

What you need: A pair of old, ripped* cutoff shorts (I used these). A piece of fabric of your choosing (I wanted to use a cheerful floral print), white thread and sewing needle, and safety pins.

*If you don’t have an old, ripped pair, destroy them yourself! Watch our tutorial on how to destroy denim.

diy denim repair

Place the piece of fabric under the holes in your cutoffs, and use the safety pins to keep it in place.

diy denim repair

Make small stitches in rows as pictured above – I wasn’t too worried about making sure the stitching was even or in a straight line because I like a slightly imperfect look. Use the stitches to cover as large an area as you want! I covered the majority of where the printed floral fabric was.

diy denim repair

diy denim repair

And there you have it! Your cutoffs now have a new look for the spring and summer :).

diy denim repair

I’ll probably live in these and the We The Free Circle In The Sand Tee all summer!

diy denim repair

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Photos by Julia.

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Victoria Luna -February 20, 2013, 10:49PM

this is a fantastic tip!

Lydia -February 20, 2013, 11:00PM

So gorg! I have an old ripped up 90s floral print dress that I could use.

Isabel -February 20, 2013, 11:17PM

Love this idea! I can’t wait to distress some old jeans and make these cutoffs!

oh my dior -February 24, 2013, 10:28PM

loved this ones!

Ryan Agustin -March 3, 2013, 9:52PM
tettenhall -March 17, 2013, 3:57AM

some lovely articles, liked the egg box garden gonna make one with my daughter thx

Jenny Ekberg -March 19, 2013, 7:00PM

I just ordered some blue and red Indian cotton paisley fabric scraps to do an alternative on this on jeans, not shorts. Autumn is coming here in Australia so I wanted some rich colours… I will do florals too though :o)

DIYEARTE - DIY -April 7, 2013, 12:38PM
nikki -April 7, 2013, 6:51PM

What a great DIY project; very cool.

Alexa Sonken -April 7, 2013, 7:11PM

This is adorable!! I’d wear those all the time in the summer!!

christina -April 7, 2013, 10:24PM

sew cute!!!! Yay-no machines:)

Lexie -April 7, 2013, 11:39PM

I have an overly-destroyed pair of Target shorts I plan on doing these to. Very excited to finally be able to wear them.

Meghan -April 9, 2013, 10:21AM

I need to do this in crotch of my jeans!
What a surprise it would be to have a little floral number peaking out. :)

Ménage Lille -April 11, 2013, 8:13AM

Good tip, but “DIY Demim Repair” title -> “DIY Denim Repair”?

Olivia -April 14, 2013, 12:58AM

do you guys have any ways to fix crotch holes in jeans with out it looking weird?

Ellie -June 19, 2013, 12:39PM

adorable!! if you want to know how to make the highwaisted jean shorts i have a video on that :) then u can follow this blog post to have floral denim pathces

Knitascarf -August 1, 2013, 5:38PM

I have plenty of old jeans I don’t use and this would be perfect! Thanks!

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