Happy Friday world! So today I was feeling extra crafty and extra ready for summer so I decided to bring you the world’s easiest DIY craft. I don’t know about you but I have about a million pairs of old shorts from high school/junior high (all of the Abercrombie and Hollister variety). Yes, I was a Hollister “model” for a whole summer and let me tell you being their “model” is exactly the same as being a sales associate at any other store. No need to glamorize it.
Since I’ve moved on from the wannabe California girl surfer style days of my life, I thought why not revamp this part of my wardrobe? (Let’s be real though I still want to be a California surfer girl, I just don’t dress like one).
So I started out with this boring pair of Hollister shorts:
I bought some lace (1/4 of a yard is WAY WAY WAY more than you need, I should have bought 1/16 of a yard and I would have STILL had some left over).
1) Press the shorts with a handy dandy iron, or if you’re not a real grown up you can use your hair straightener (no judgement, that was me until 2 months ago).
2) Use dress makers scissors if your a pro seamstress like me (or just regular old crayola kids scissors) to cut along the seam of the side of your shorts.
3) The next step is pretty obvious too, you cut out pieces of your lace. You can cut triangle shaped pieces if you want to be precise with your sewing or squares if you don’t mind having a little extra fabric inside your shorts.
4) Pin the lace inside your shorts.
5) Use a sewing machine (or a needle and thread, I’m just lazy and had a sewing machine on hand) so sew along the seam and secure the lace.
I obviously messed up with my sewing a few times (because even good people make mistakes) but I didn’t really care because I was going for the distressed look.
6) If all you want is a little lace action than TA-DA you’re done but I felt like getting a little funky, it is friday after all.
I used about 1 yard of this lovely cording/decorative ribbon stuff (you can find all sorts at your local fabric store)
I pinned the decorative beaded ribbon stuff along the edge of my shorts, and stitched it onto my shorts. Easy! And then I double stitched because I wanted it to be secure.
8) Post pictures of your beautiful creation all over instagram/pinterest/facebook/whatever because you’re super crafty and trendy!
This probably would have looked even cuter on a trendy distressed pair of high waisted shorts but I’m still living in middle school and I don’t have those so it was hollister booty shorts for me.
So there you go Party People, if you want an easy and fun craft to really get you in the summer spirit this weekend, this is the one! I hope you all have wonderful weekend plans. I’m about to rock my new short shorts at a bonfire with friends tonight, as long as there are s’mores involved I know it will be a good time.