Pom-Pom Shorts DIY Refashion

August 4, 2014

Hello, friends!  Is it just me or is summer really heating up?  The weather has been downright crazy around here, like, full-on tropical heat, winds, rain and humidity!  I am sure the humidity here is still nothing compared to the East coast, but for Southern California, it’s been more than a bit disconcerting.  It hasn’t helped that The Boyfriend (Derek) and I spent all last week cleaning out my mom’s garage and this past weekend holding a massive garage sale.  The extra cash, however, more than makes up for it!  ;)

Lucky for me, I refashioned a couple pairs of mesh athletic shorts with some super cute pom-pom trim, so I can stay cool in style!


You may remember these shorts from my last post; I refashioned these mesh shorts for last week’s “Marvelous Mesh” Thrift Style Thursday theme (here!).  It is a super simple refashion that you can do with – or without! – a sewing machine!

All you’ll need is a pair of shorts, some pom-pom trim, which you can pick up at your local craft or sewing supply store, matching thread and a needle (or sewing machine).  Let’s get to it!


All you have to do, really, is measure your pom-pom trim to fit around the hem of your shorts, pin it in place and sew!  I decided to hem my shorts because I wanted them a little shorter, but that is totally up to you and your shorts.

I found these black and white shorts at the thrift store, along with another navy and pink pair.  For the navy and pink pair, I decided to play up the pink in the shorts with some smaller pink pom-pom trim.  I also thought it would be fun to take the pink pom-pom trim up the sides of the shorts to add a little more color.


**Just a tip if you are using a sewing machine – In order to sew the pom-pom trim on to the shorts, I put my needle as far to one side as it would go so that it would be as close to the pom-pom’s as possible without trying to put the presser foot on top of or over the pom-pom’s, which would make sewing very difficult.  (I hope that makes sense haha!)

Overall, I am super pleased with how the shorts came out, and I have to say that wearing them was much more comfortable than I thought (I was worried the pom-pom’s would get in the way somehow or bother me, but I didn’t even notice them!).



The great thing about easy DIY projects like this is that they are quick and so fun to customize!  There are virtually limitless possibilities with all kinds of shorts and trims – what combination are you going to try??

Make sure you share your own pom-pom shorts refashion, I wanna see!!!  And feel free to ask me any questions if you run into any hiccups!

As always, thanks for reading!  Love, Kristi :)


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  • The Fashion Huntress

    I’m a huge fan of this DIY- so clever; I never would have thought of it on my own, but I love the way it looks!

    August 4, 2014 at 11:10 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! I love the way it turned out!! I’m thinking some fringe on the sides of my running shorts next! ;)

      August 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm Reply
  • Gracey the Giant

    So cute. I love that you used a sportier short to add pom-poms to; the juxtaposition is perfect!

    August 4, 2014 at 12:19 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! I really hadn’t thought about it before beyond, oh what a fun way to jazz up shorts, but you’re so right, I love the fun feminine & sporty mashup! ;)

      August 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm Reply
  • jackie

    Such an amazing DIY project, I may have to try this asap before the summer comes to an end!! The final project came out well.

    August 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks! Yes, you’ve GOT to do it – so fun and so easy!! :)

      August 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm Reply
  • SweetCandyDreamer

    How fun!! They look super!! :-) x

    August 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm Reply
  • The Two Cent Chick (Justine)

    I have to reiterate…this was such a clever idea!!! I never would have thought of this either. And it looks relatively simple!! I might have to try it :)

    August 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! It really is simple – so simple I felt lame even writing up the “directions” haha! You should totally try it, these shorts are super fun! Ooh and I wanna see if you do make a pair!! :)

      August 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • buttonsandbirdcages

    Kristi these are ADORABLE!!

    August 5, 2014 at 8:49 am Reply
  • Erika ~ Erika's Style Diary

    Oh my gosh, these are so cute! I love how you took something athletic and made it more girly! Great job Kristi! :)

    August 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Erika!! I LOVE these shorts! ;)

      August 10, 2014 at 8:33 pm Reply

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