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Want a cute new pair of summer fun shorts? All you need is an old pair of jeans, a little bit of lace, and just a little bit of time!

Step 1:
Insert one leg into the other, wrong sides together.

Step 2:
Using chalk, mark your new leg-line. Make sure you have at least a 2" inseam…these are shorts and not underwear. Cut though all 4 layers of fabric on your marked line. You don’t need to add hem allowance because the look of the short is a raw / torn edge that is super on trend.

Step 3:
Cut up the side seam (about to the pocket if there is one), and then cut a triangle shape like the picture (about 3" on each side of the side seam hem). Place lace under the opening with about a 1/2" under lap and either machine or hand sew in place.

Instruction 4:
Wear and enjoy. These would have been perfect for Coachella! So Boho Chic.

Happy DIYing!


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    Using this simple idea everyone can update an old pair of shorts, without spending a fortune. Besides lace, there are plenty other fabrics that can be used for such DIY projects on Those of you interested in adding value to your old clothing should definitely check out this resource, it’s worth it!

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    Oct 29, 2013, 05.56 PMby CherylDeeDee

    Personally I would sew the pocket opening shut and remove the “pocket bag”. I like the “cleaner” flat look on the front of the shorts.

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    Jun 20, 2013, 09.34 PMby Maria Sanchez


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    Jun 19, 2013, 01.40 PMby Jodi Wade

    That looks so cool!

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    Jun 19, 2013, 01.39 AMby jenss-1

    Just wondering about the pocket bag. Was it removed completely or just trimmed down?

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      Jun 19, 2013, 02.01 AMby jilleigh

      good question! i would slant the pocket so it didn’t show.

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      Jun 19, 2013, 03.12 PMby MegH

      Great question! I think you could cut and sew them back shorter so they don’t show. But personally I would leave them hanging through the lace and extending beyond the hem…I like that look!

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