You may remember a bit more than a week ago when these shorts appeared in one of the Office Style posts. They are vintage by Steel Jeans, and quite of a few of you asked about them – I really liked them too! As you can see above, Courtney, the owner of the shorts, lent them to me for a day so that I could look them over and prepare to make my own pair! I did, and it was super easy! Here’s how I did it!
First I color-copied Courtney’s shorts, so that I could have a real-sized pattern of the patches on the front. It also really helped to have a guide for placement! I have posted the pictures I used on Flickr so you can use them too! Click on the picture, then original size to get the whole huge picture! Print them out and you have the patterns too!
Next I went home and picked out a pair of shorts I wanted to alter, and some pretty fabric for the patches!

You might notice that my fabric is very wrinkly! I highly recommend ironing any fabric you use for this project, but I don’t have an iron, so as for me, I just had to wing it! I folded the fabric I chose for the patches in half, and then drew an outline of one of the patterns on it. You could also use each pattern and draw each side separately.
My shorts are quite a bit bigger than Courtney’s, so I drew my outline out a bit from the outline of the pattern to compensate.
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Then I cut the patches out, and pinned them to the shorts! I used the color copy of Courtney’s shorts as a guide.
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Next, I sewed them down! I used a sewing machine for this part, but I think it would also be very easy to sew this by hand. With the sewing machine I had to be very careful not to sew down the pockets of my shorts!
Halfway finished!
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Ta Da! Finished!
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They turned out pretty good, right? I love them!
If any of you make shorts too, send us a picture of you wearing them at blog.freepeople@gmail.com! I would love to see how yours turn out!

Nastia -Jun 11, 2012, 5:47PM
It looks a little awks :P
ruthie -Jun 15, 2009, 9:48PM
i'm making a pair of these right now (soon as i get up). i'm going to put fabric on the back too! you'll get pictures soon.

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dream in paper

This video from Petra Storrs is really fantastic! It’s a little bit Alice in Wonderland, and much paper-craft! Check it out for yourself and see!

FaireyGothmother -Jun 17, 2009, 9:03PM
Did she do the music as well? I love it!! Is it available for download??
emma k-s -Jun 01, 2009, 7:42PM
i feel like i've seen this here before... was it posted a while ago? I love it!!

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Don’t miss this year’s Art Star Craft Bazaar if you are in Philly this weekend! It starts at 11am and runs until 6pm, tomorrow and Sunday at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza. Their site has directions if you need them!
There will be a ton of stuff to see and do (and eat) at the bazaar, which boasts over 100 artists this year! Of course there will also be plenty of live music – check out the schedule below!
Saturday Music Line-up
11am: Pairdown
12pm: The Josh Olmstead Band
1pm: The Documents
2pm: Gildon Works
3pm: Padre Pio
4pm: Toy Soldiers
5pm: Folklore
Sunday Music Line-up:
12pm: Perkasie
1pm: Photon Band
2pm: Like A Fox
3pm: North Lawrence Midnight Singers
4pm: The Mural & The Mint
5pm: Oh!Pears
Be sure to stop by if you need something awesome to do!
Art Star Craft Bazaar

horsies

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Every Monday through Friday for 20 weeks, Ann Wood, of Ann Wood Handmade, made one horse, until she had 100! Each horse is made from cardboard and hand-painted, with cute button joints! Ann currently has the horses as decoration above her bed – don’t you love them? I want to make my own, and conveniently, Ann put together a DIY tutorial for Design*Sponge! Check it out here – even if you don’t want to make a horse it’s pretty cool to see how she did it!

Courtney -Jul 31, 2009, 2:27PM
I'm actually not that into horses, but I love this! The second picture is my favorite because of all the varying colors. It would be so fun to decorate a portion of a wall with colored horses. Definitely not your everyday decorating technique.

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wrapped yarn

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There’s something really appealing about these yarn wrapped beads – I don’t know if it’s just that they are so whimsical and tiny, or the colors, or what! They’re made by Maria Cavallero of Argentina, who has many more of these little charmers on her Etsy – take a look if you feel so inclined!
I saw these on Love Forever.

homemade sheep crackers

One of Design*Sponge‘s guest bloggers, (I can’t figure out who,) made these adorable sheep crackers at home! Aren’t they totally awesome?! She was kind enough to post a how-to as well, be sure to check it out!

Bob -May 27, 2009, 12:07PM
These are great for the kids, they just love them. Thanks

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portable picnic

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Paige, of Paige+Modern, created this awesome portable picnic for your lunch! Isn’t it so cute and clever! Paige made a guest post over on Design*Sponge that tells how to make one! I am so on it!

cross stitch clock!

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This clock is so awesome! Doe-C-Doe found it when she was thrift shopping for only $5! This is such an inspirational find – it occurs to me how easy it would be to make your own cross stitch clock! I have seen all sizes of clock fixtures at the craft shop for very cheap! It seems like it would be really fun to create your own cross stitch backing with numbers and decoration, and then attach the fixture for the hands!

Jen -May 22, 2009, 8:10AM
wow! that is so cool! i wanna get a frame from the flea market and put my own spin on this- a little embroidery, fabric scraps, n seashells

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romantic collages

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I just adore these whimsical collages by Cafe Baudelaire, don’t you? See more of her pretty and delicate collages here.
Via.

sarah illenberger

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I’ve been really enjoying the clever images of Sarah Illenberger. She does lots of different work for companies like Vanity Fair, NY Times and Nike, all of which is original and fun like the stuff shown above! Check out her website for more fun stuff.
Via Love Forever.

theclothingmenu -May 21, 2009, 11:48AM
oo - i like the hole punched/confetti flowers!

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DIY felted beads!

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These chunky felted bead necklaces are so cool! I love how they look, and you know they probably are fun to touch as well! Kleas made the ones shown above with her pre-school class, who then took the necklaces home to their mothers!
She put together some very nice how-to instructions for making the felted beads and the jewelry! It looks really easy and fun, check it out!

cash advance -Dec 10, 2009, 4:48AM
Good Morning!!! blog.freepeople.com is one of the most excellent innovative websites of its kind. I enjoy reading it every day. blog.freepeople.com rocks!
Angel -May 21, 2009, 7:30AM
That is so awesome, what a great idea to do with kids!

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sew in love letter

Twig & Thistle sewed this cute love letter to her husband. Isn’t it totally adorable? It really brightened my day! I’ll have to try my hand at letter sewing myself!
Via SwissMiss.

alexis -May 20, 2009, 2:53PM
LOVE this! I'm totally making some for all of my friends! Check out my blog: http://twogolddustwomen.blogspot.com
Shelley -May 20, 2009, 1:25PM
that is too cute! I am going to try that out too!

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