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.

Be sure to check out our new DIY Projects category for more DIY Inspiration!

Photos by Julia.

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11 years ago

Great DIY! I might just do this. ♥ Thanks for sharing!!

11 years ago

Nice! I’m definitely going to try this

11 years ago

love this idea! can’t wait to give it a go :-)

11 years ago

Now all I need are some jean cut-offs to sacrifice…


11 years ago

great! love the top cut offs!

11 years ago

great post! i’m definitely try something similar soon! =)

xoxo, Ivana

11 years ago

love this!

11 years ago

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!

11 years ago

I love this Idea! i’m always looking for new ways to update cutoffs. I have just done a tutorial for pom pom fringe shorts! Check it out!

11 years ago

: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:)

11 years ago

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?

11 years ago

I’ve already made two pairs!!! Thanks so much I am loving this look!

11 years ago


11 years ago

This is so awesome!

I am so gonna try this on my shorts :-D


Also, i’d love it if you’d check my blog out? – I just started writing on english, instead of my own language!

Hopefully you’ll have an nice day!


11 years ago

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

11 years ago

very cool, I started doing it, but i had to stop because I almost sewed the pockets shut!…

11 years ago

This is awesome! Florals are so in!!! Totally going to try this! Thank you

11 years ago

These are so awesome! Going to try this out soon!

11 years ago

Tried it..Loved it. I used ikat fabric instead of floral fabric.

Check out the results on my blog

11 years ago

Love the idea, I might try something similar with the capris I just bought.

11 years ago

This great! Thank you

10 years ago

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.

10 years ago

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

10 years ago

Wont the fabric fray?

9 years ago

Great DIY. I’m goint to try this too..