DIY-Summer Shorts

Hey Cats!

As I mentioned last week, “re-purposing shorts” has been on my to-do list for two summers now. I bought all the supplies last year, but I never quite got around to making them. This summer, I was determined to finish (and start) the project. Before we go any further, let me be frank. This isn’t really going to be a detailed tutorial on how to embellish your denim shorts. I forgot to take too many crucial photographs along the way, and honestly, my mom did most of the sewing for me. Sewing isn’t really my thing. I wish it was, but I just can’t do it and I don’t really know why. This post serves as inspirational rather than instructional. That being said, you may be able to pick up a few tips along the way!

First, gather your supplies. You will need an old pair of jeans, (or capris, or shorts!) fabric, and embellishments of your choice. I chose these capri pants I’ve had since maybe about the eighth grade. A good tip from my friend China (we’ve been friends since before the eighth grade) is to get your jeans (if you’re buying them from a thrift store) a size larger so they will fit like shorts in the legs, instead of tight like jeans! I also chose a tribal-print fabric for an extra summery vibe, silver studs, and giant gold rick-rack that I ended up not using.

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Next, cut a considerable amount off of your pants. Cut them longer than you think you’ll want them, because you can always cut off more, but you can’t add it back! This is also the time to decide whether or not you want to hem or cuff the edges, or leave them to fray, because this will have an effect on the length. I cut one side, then folded it over to cut the other side, to make sure they were even.

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Next, cut your fabric to fit where you’re going to place it. I chose to do a panel of fabric on the front right side, and on the back left pocket. You’ll want to cut it a bit larger on each side so you can iron a small fold to avoid fraying ends. You can see on the pocket picture that it doesn’t fit-this picture was taken before I enlisted the help of my mother. I re-cut the fabric for the pocket, using parchment paper to trace the pocket as a pattern. Basically, if my mom didn’t help, I probably wouldn’t have finished these.

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Next, sew it on! I have little to no advice when it comes to working a sewing machine, so you’ll have to find someone else to help you with that if you don’t know how either. Godspeed.

Here’s the finished product! You can see on the opposite pocket that I inserted a few of the studs. I might add more later, but it was kind of hard so I gave up.

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I chose to roll the ends, but you could either hem them, leave them to fray, or add trim! If you do roll them, I would suggest tacking them so they don’t come unrolled.

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I’m really pleased with how these turned out, and I’m excited to wear them! I think they would look cute with either a solid tee or a flowy tank.

Hopefully you gained a few tips or a little inspiration for your own denim upgrade!

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DIY- Big Fat Headbands

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This DIY might just be my favorite so far! I love headbands, and I’ve been wanting some wide ones for quite some time, so this was the perfect project! I used a leftover piece of thin, woven fabric for one, and the bottom band of a sweatshirt for the other. I can’t take much credit for the idea for the sweatshirt headband, because I got the idea from the blog Studs and Pearls (http://www.studs-and-pearls.com/2011/02/diy-leftovers-sweashirt-necklace.html). Yes, I did make the sweatshirt blazer, but no, I will not show you, as it turned out looking like something the bag lady would wear (it was my first DIY). As for the woven fabric, I really like the tribal trend, and I thought it would make a great fat headband! I haven’t worn either one of them yet, but I forsee them becoming my new bff’s once school starts!
Here’s what you’ll need:
– 1 leftover band from the bottom of a sweatshirt, OR some other semi-stretchy fabric
– 1 piece of thin fabric, long enough to go around your head. (If you don’t have any lying around, I would suggest looking for fabric trim rather than regular fabric, because you don’t want any ends that can fray)
– 1 piece of wide elastic ( about 1 inch long)
– Sewing maching ( You can do it by hand, but it will probably hold up better if you use a machine)
– Matching thread

Here’s what you do!
1) First, we’ll make the tribal headband. Trim the fabric so it is about an inch short of fitting around your head. also trimming any frayed edges off.

2) Fold one end of the fabric over about 1/4th of an inch. Using a zig-zag stitch, sew down the center of the fold.

3) Fold the fabric over again, this time making it a little thicker. Using the zig-zag stitch, sew down the middle, going back and forth a few times.

4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other end of the fabric, making sure the folds are on the same side of the fabric.
5) Wrap the fabric around your head again, measuring the gap between the two ends. Cut the elastic to the length of the gap.
6) Using the zig-zag stitch again, sew the elastic onto the fabric, making sure it is centered. I would suggest going back and forth a few times to make sure it’s secure.

7) Repeat step 6 to sew the other end of the elastic to the other end of the fabric. Make sure it isn’t twisted before you sew!
And you’re done! Here’s what it looks like:

*DISCLAIMER*I would like to apologize for these next two photos. I understand I look like a tween taking mirror pics, but no one else was at home and I wanted to go ahead and finish this. Sorry. Just know that I don’t regularly do this. Also, I got my hair cut and it’s shorter than I wanted, so I look like I’m about to go for a run, which is not what I wanted. I might wait until my hair is a little longer to wear these…

Now for the black one!
1) Wrap the fabric around your head to measure. This time, it should fit all the way around your head and overlap a little.
2) Using the zig-zag stitch on your sewing maching, sew the ends together, making sure it isn’t twisted. Sew it a few times to make sure it’s sturdy.

And you’re done! I contemplated adding buttons, but I decided plain black would be more versatile…and also, I didn’t really feel like sewing them on. But if you want to add buttons, or rhinestones or anything, go for it! Here’s what it looks like!

*The above disclaimer applies to these next 3 photos*

See how easy that was? I plan to do this a few more times, and I want to experiment with different materials. These are very versatile and can be added to basically any outfit. Well, any casual outfit that matches. I’m not really one for an eclectic mix of clothing. I like my solid J-Crew tees and shorts. Which these might look cute with, actually… Anyways, I have no idea what my next DIY project will be, so it might be a while. Let’s hope I figure it out soon! Until next time!

DIY- Re-Upholstered Earrings

Hey Cats!
I was perusing my jewelry box the other day looking for something to remake for a DIY. I found these red earrings that I probably never would wear again, and decided to give them a makeover! I contemplated paint, ribbon, and buttons, but I settled on covering them in fabric. It reminded me of recovering a piece of furniture to make it fit better in a room- in the same way, I’ve recovered these earrings to better fit my wardrobe! I have had this fabric forever, and I don’t really remember why I had it in the first place… anyways, it finally came in handy!
Here’s what you’ll need!
-1 pair of old round earrings,OR earring posts and buttons you can cover in fabric.
– Leftover fabric (You don’t need much of this, just a few scrap pieces will do)
– Hot glue gun
– Scissors

Here’s what you do!
1) Remove the backs from the earrings, being careful not to bend the posts. I pryed mine off with my fingernails, and it was actually kind of difficult.

2) Cut two small squares of your fabric. A good way to measure is to lay the circle on top of the fabric to see how much you’ll need.

3) Turn the fabric over, with the side that you want to show on the bottom and the reverse side facing you. Turn the circle over as well, with the flat side facing you.

4) Take one corner of the square and glue it onto the button, making sure the fabric is pulled tight AND that the button stays in place.

5) Next, take the next corner and glue it in the center of the button.

6) You will notice a small point of fabric in between the two folds you just made. Glue this down too. You will have to hold it down with your fingers, and probably burn yourself with hot glue. I did. Multiple times. But it’s worth it 🙂

7) Continue to glue down the corners and tiny points until the fabric wraps smoothly around the button. Try not to make it too lumpy on the back, because you will have to glue the post on.

8) Glue the post on, making sure it is centered and level. You should hold it down for a few seconds to make sure it sticks.

9) Repeat steps 3-8 for the other earring, unless you just want one for some reason…

And you’re done! Here’s what they look like on!

I’m super excited about these & can’t wait to wear them! I hope you try this, it’s not as hard as you think! Also, I have another DIY coming soon, and I can’t wait to share that one either! Until next time!