#DelightfulDIY: Patch Pocket Shorts

March 31, 2015
DIY Patch Pocket Shorts -- cutoff shorts perfect for festival season | #DelightfulDIY Delightfully Kristi

Festival season is almost here, which means festival styles are starting to pop up all over the place.  From boho chic to grunge and everything in between, I think everyone is just excited for the warmer months and more bare skin!

I decided to create my own ode to festival fashion in the form of some high waist jeans turned into cutoff shorts complete with patch pockets and a little hand embroidery.

DIY Patch Pocket Shorts -- cutoff shorts perfect for festival season | #DelightfulDIY Delightfully Kristi

I found this pair of vintage jeans at a local thrift store for a mere $3.  The fabric for the pockets was in my scrap pile, and the embroidery thread I already had.  The beauty of this DIY is that it is so easy!

DIY Patch Pocket Shorts -- cutoff shorts perfect for festival season | #DelightfulDIY Delightfully Kristi

First, I tried on the jeans and determined how short I wanted my shorts – I ended up with about a 2.5 inch inseam.  Since I want these shorts to fray and wear naturally, I decided to leave the ends alone and just fold them up until they continue to fray.

DIY Patch Pocket Shorts -- cutoff shorts perfect for festival season | #DelightfulDIY Delightfully Kristi

Then, I made a little paper template of my pocket shape and cut out the fabric for both pockets, with a little extra on top so I could fold it into the pocket itself.  I sewed the three outside edges of the pocket on my machine (careful not to sew the pockets closed), and finished with some hand embroidery for extra detail.

DIY Patch Pocket Shorts -- cutoff shorts perfect for festival season | #DelightfulDIY Delightfully Kristi

I really love how these cutoff shorts came out!  And it was so easy – I finished this whole project in under 30 minutes.  I even added a little chunk of fabric to the front pocket insert, as well.

DIY Patch Pocket Shorts -- cutoff shorts perfect for festival season | #DelightfulDIY Delightfully KristiDIY Patch Pocket Shorts -- cutoff shorts perfect for festival season | #DelightfulDIY Delightfully Kristi

There you have it: DIY patch pocket shorts!  So easy, and don’t worry if you’re not into sewing, because you could easily recreate this project using fabric adhesive or iron-on transfers to attach the “patches” as well!

I even left all of the edges of the cut fabric raw (or un-hemmed) so they will fray naturally over time and add to the worn-in look of the vintage shorts.  No sewing required, unless you want to!

DIY Festival Patch Pocket Cutoff Shorts | #DelightfulDIY Delightfully Kristi

Are you a fan of festival fashion?  Got any good festival themed DIY’s??  Do share!  ;)

As always, thanks for reading!  And don’t forget to enter the big Gift of Thrift Giveaway!!!  Only a few days left to enter!

Delightfully, Kristi (signature)

 

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8 Comments

  • The Fashion Huntress

    This is a great idea!! I need to try this!! :)

    March 31, 2015 at 10:42 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you! I’ve seen patch pocket shorts like these a ton before and thought, I can do that! So I did haha! (And you can, too!) ;)

      March 31, 2015 at 10:48 am Reply
  • leah sophia (@suntreeriver)

    tweeted! I so need to do this… and also need to thrift store shop soon, and will seek out the right pair of shorts. thanks!

    March 31, 2015 at 11:18 am Reply
  • bethietheboo

    SO cute. This makes me wish I could sew.

    March 31, 2015 at 11:23 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks, Beth!! You could totally do this project without having to sew a single stitch! Just use some fabric adhesive or iron-on transfer paper (you can find either one at a fabric/craft store)! :)

      March 31, 2015 at 11:41 am Reply
  • meganarz

    Those turned are great and they are totally adorable on you!

    April 2, 2015 at 9:27 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you!! :)

      April 2, 2015 at 10:15 pm Reply

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