With SXSW over and Coachella just around the corner, music festival season is in full swing! Denim cut-off shorts and an assortment of crop tops, crochet and bohemian accents are always popular options when it comes to piecing together your outfit, but I wanted to offer a more creative and fun approach this year with two DIY options: Patched & Printed.
Materials: Fabric paint, small brush, colored pencil.
Inspired by Nasty Gal x Lazy Oaf’s last collaboration, these DIY shorts redefine the concept of customization by literally turning your pants into a blank canvas.
- When choosing your shorts, go for solid colors like black, white or navy. Try to avoid details like acid wash or distressing to ensure that the painted designs really pop.
- Using white fabric paint from your local art store, paint a variety of abstract shapes and lines directly onto your shorts. You can either draw freehand or make outlines using a white colored pencil before you apply the paint.
- Allow the front side to dry for at least 30 minutes before you flip over the back side.
- After both sides are completely dry, turn your shorts inside-out and iron over both sides to seal in the paint and prevent it from fading too quickly.
Materials: Printed fabric, scissors, needle and thread.
Take your print mixing skills to a whole new level by adding a swatch of patterned fabric to your basic denim cut-offs. Depending on the color of your jeans and your fabric of choice, you can go with anything from floral or polka dots to aztec or animal print.
- Once you have made your pick, simply measure and cut the fabric according to size, leaving approximately half an inch of extra fabric around the edges.
- Start sewing the fabric along the edges of your shorts, tucking in and sewing on the extra fabric as a way to ensure that the frayed threads don’t unravel easily.
- You can choose to cover the front right side of your shorts (as pictured above), or you can opt to cover both front sides, or even one front side and the alternate back pocket.
Which one of these Denim DIY’s would you try? Comment below!