When it comes to season changes, we feel nothing but excitement no matter the time of year. Not only do we love getting to celebrate different things with each season that comes along, but we also love that we get to change the way we dress too! No matter what season we’re facing, we like to roll our closets and drawers over so our cold or warm weather clothes are on top and we can pick our outfits accordingly. If we’re being honest, there’s another big thing we love about fashion changing with the seasons; we really like getting new clothes!
Being DIY enthusiasts, however, we actually prefer altering or making our own clothing whenever we can. It probably comes as no surprise, then, that a lot of our “new” clothes are really things we’ve upcycled or made from scratch. Just in case you’re a fellow sewing buff who loves making your own clothing just as much as we do and you’re looking for some fun ideas for what’s left of this spring and summer ahead , here are 15 awesome DIY shorts designs that you’ll love wearing!
1. Delightful daisy shorts
Are you a huge fan of jean shorts, wearing them whenever you can? We don’t blame you; denim is actually one of our very favourite things to wear! Just because we love jean shorts the most, however, doesn’t mean we aren’t open to giving them a bit of a twist every now and then when it comes to detail and aesthetic. Sometimes a simple alteration is the best kind! That’s why we love this little white flower idea from
2. Jean short cut offs
Perhaps, like we said above, you do like denim shorts the most but you’ve actually never made yourself a pair before? Well, before you browse the rest of the list, here’s a great tutorial that will teach you about the basics! Once you’ve learned to make cute cuffed cut offs like
3. Sparkly sequinned shorts
Perhaps you’re more of a “make it from scratch” kind of person and you’ve been hoping to make yourself something a little flashier than what you see in stores right now? Then this sequinned shorts pattern and tutorial from
4. Braided yarn shorts
Do you remember the adorable coloured floss friendship bracelets that everyone used to make as kids? We were always very proud of the little patterns and designs we could create simply by tying some knots and, since then, seeing things that mimic those designs has always reminded us of summer. Imagine how exited we were, then, when we came across these adorable colour braided shorts from
5. Stenciled leopard print shorts
Perhaps you’ve got some shorts that need embellishing but you’d actually prefer to put your artistic skills to good use rather than just your sewing and detailing talents? In that case, you’re in for a treat with this hand coloured leopard print tutorial from
6. Super lace trimmed shorts
Do you have a pair of shorts that you’re actually already quite happy with but you just wish they had a tiny touch more detail around the edges to give them that whimsical, pretty personality you love so much in your sense of personal style? Then adding some lace is definitely something you’ll enjoy doing! Lace might look intimidating to work with because it’s so intricate, but it’s really not as complicated a process as it seems.
7. Delicate lace trimmed silk shorts
Were you absolutely intrigued by the idea of lace trimmed shorts but the ones we showed you above just aren’t really your personal style? Not everyone feels comfortable in more tailored shorts styles, particularly if your skin is sensitive to more structured fabrics. Perhaps you’re more likely to be found wearing soft silks and relaxing at home than dressing up? Well, lace is still a great detailing idea for you! Nothing says the lovely silk pyjama shorts you wear at home can’t be pretty. Check out how
8. Scalloped edge shorts
Are you feeling rather intrigued about the idea of embellishing the bottom edges of your shorts but you’re not sure you want to be adding pieces and layers simply because that seems a little overwhelming compared to the rest of your neat, simple style of dress? In that case, you might prefer the way
9. Scrap fabric shorts from scratch
Are you experienced enough in sewing that you’re not afraid of the challenge of making your own shorts? Well, as fun as the idea of creating your own custom clothing is, hold up before you run out to the nearest fabric shop to buy more material. Shorts don’t actually take as much fabric to make as you might think, so they’re secretly a really great stash busting idea!
10. Pajama shorts from old sheets
Knowing how to make your own comfortable pajama shorts is a great skill to have no matter what. After all, one can never have to many pairs of comfortable shorts to lounge around in at home or at the cottage!
11. High waisted shorts from a silk scarf
High waisted shorts have been in style for a number of years now and we’re thankful for that. We just appreciate the cut of a good pair of high waisted shorts so much because we think they suit any body type and complement curves and slender bodies. Our favourite type of this style of short, however, is definitely the kind made from smooth, silky fabrics that feel cool in the summer heat. Once again, though, we’ve found you a pattern that lets you repurpose something when you make your shorts, rather than spending money on the materials for something brand new! Check out how
12. Coloured ombre shorts
Is your favourite method of altering your clothing actually one that doesn’t necessarily involve sewing at all? Well, no one said you have to break out the needle and thread in order to create your own awesome custom clothing! Instead, try following in
13. Pretty lace doily shorts
Have you been scrolling through the rest of this post since you saw the lace shorts, still thinking about how much you love that design but kind of wishing you could find a version that involves even more lace than what they showed you? Well, then
14. Trendy tie dye shorts
Were you very interested in the idea of using fabric dyes to customize yourself a pair of fun summer shorts but you’ve made many ombre patterns lately and you kind of need a break from that technique? That doesn’t mean your options for dye projects are exhausted! Instead, take a leaf out of
15. Hand painted black and white stripe shorts
Perhaps you’re the kind of crafter who’s always liked it best when people can actually tell that you made a piece yourself? There’s something comfortable and stylish about a clothing piece that actually looks DIY, rather than being absolutely perfect like it was store bought. We love that look too, which is why we liked this hand painted stripes idea from