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Re-do and Renew Those Thrifted or Outdated Shorts

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I’m super excited to bring you this DIY today, because the weather outside is screaming spring… and after spring comes shorts weather!

We are headed to Florida next month, and I’m looking forward to packing these cuties.

I picked these up at my last clothes swap. They weren’t a great fit in the legs, but the waist was just the right amount of loose for a perfect pair of shorts.

I got them for free, so I figured, “why not do something fun with them?!”

Using some fabric swatches Tammy already had lying around, we took these shorts from just another pair of denim to a standout one.

You don’t have to own a sewing machine for this one – fabric glue will do the trick (Tammy’s favorite brand is Liquid Stitch Original).

Read on for the easy how-to.

update your old shorts - a tuorial #DIY.jpgFirst, I tried on the shorts, and put a pin where I wanted them to be cut. I always err on the side of too long for the first cut – you can always go back and change it later! I decided to cut it on an angle, leaving the center a little longer.

update your thrifted or outdated shorts using this tutorial.jpgUsing a piece of paper as a pattern, I cut out the fabric samples to match the size I wanted, then glued them to the pockets. I liked the look of the rivets, so I cut below the seam, touching up the sizing after the glue dried.

how to rough up your shorts - breaking them in and creating that vintage look.jpgI wanted my shorts to look beaten up, so I took a cheese grater to them. With a little elbow grease, they became ‘broken in’ in no time. Running them through the wash once will help to take this one step further.

update your thrifted or outdated shorts with a printed fabric #DIY.jpgAnd there you have it – my fun ‘new’ shorts! I was going to model them for you, but I decided to spare your eyes from the blinding white of my legs. But hopefully I’ll be wearing them in a future outfit post… after my trip to Florida, of course!

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  1. I LOVE THIS!!! I’m totally going to try this! I feel like I have so many pairs of jeans laying around that I don’t wear anymore so this is perfect! Im sort of obsessed with that material on the pockets!!! Style them and show us!! Im slowly trying to be a shorts girl. I feel silly in shorts (i think I’m crazy. I have no idea what my problem is) but the reality of two kids is that skirts aren’t practical…Any future shorts inspiration posts would be greatly appreciated! 😉

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