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!
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.
Place the piece of fabric under the holes in your cutoffs, and use the safety pins to keep it in place.
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.
And there you have it! Your cutoffs now have a new look for the spring and summer :).
I’ll probably live in these and the We The Free Circle In The Sand Tee all summer!
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Photos by Julia.