DIY Summer Staple: Distressed Shorts

DIY Summer Staple: Distressed Shorts

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Hello again wht readers. I have a great summer fashion DIY for you to try. I was inspired this month by the distressed shorts that I’ve seen all over. They’re great to throw on whenever you’re hanging out with friends or heading down to the beach!


  • An old pair of jeans (mine already had some holes)
  • Pretty fabric (You’ll only need a few small pieces)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Utility knife
  • Needle and Thread
  • Sandpaper
  • A small cutting mat

1. Fold the jeans in half, so both legs are on top of each other, and cut legs off. Make the shorts a little longer than you want them to be You can always take more off but you can’t add it back on!

2. Place your cutting mat into the leg of the shorts. Using your utility knife, sandpaper and scissors, begin the distressing process. Tip: Use the left over denim from the legs to experiment with different ways of using the knife or sandpaper to get different distressed effects, such as pressing harder or softer or cutting vertical or horizontally.

3. Distress the denim until you’re satisfied with the result (don’t forget the back!) Then try them on to see how you like what you’ve done. You can do as much or as little as you like.

4. Cut two small pieces of fabric so they’re a little larger than the holes.

5. Place the fabric underneath the holes and pin into place.

6. Sew around the holes to keep the fabric in place. The best part about this is the worse you sew the better it looks! It shouldn’t be super neat. Tip: Try using different colored thread or thicker embroidery floss.

7. Enjoy your distressed shorts all summer!

Easy, right? Who’s making a pair of distressed shorts?

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9 thoughts on “DIY Summer Staple: Distressed Shorts”

  1. I love this DIY @mgelina – right now you find so many carefully distressed jeans on the market – with ridic price tags. I love the idea of picking the spots I want to look distressed on a pair of jeans or shorts I already love and wear. You know the one that fit!

  2. Oh man, I used to do this to my pants in high school! I would just rub the blade of the scissors back and forth over the same spot until I got the look I wanted. Then I’d wear the pants with funky tights/leggings underneath. So fun! I was such a little punk, LOL.

    Thanks for the flashback and new ideas @Mgelina !

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