Embellished Shorts



I’m going to try something a bit new today, so bear with me. I decided to shoot a DIY post. It’s for a pair of shorts. Note: I didn’t actually make the shorts, I just added some pockets It’s quite an easy project, and only takes about 15 minutes. So, let’s get started!




  • Shorts- I used an old pair of Nike workout shorts, but you could use anything. You could also make your own.
  • Accent fabric- I chose dark denim, but these would be amazing with leather, suede, or anything your heart desires!
  • Needle and thread- I used a sewing machine, but this wouldn’t be hard to hand sew.
  • Paper
  • Pins

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1. I hemmed my shorts, just by turning up the ends and sewing. Nothing fancy. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but they are slightly shorter on the sides. This is a nifty little trick that elongates the leg!
2. Make a pattern for your pocket. I chose this simple diamond shape, but anything would work! Just be sure to have a way into them (if you are making these as pockets. You could also have them just as accent panels).
3. Pin the pattern to a double thick layer of your pocket fabric.
4. Cut around the pattern.


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5. Pin the pockets onto the pants. Try them on to be sure that they are in the right spot.
6. Sew- make sure that you leave an open space for your hands!
7. Remove any extra threads, and wear!



shorts- DIY, shirt- DIY, necklace- DIY, shoes- fs/ny

A simple project out of old work out shorts that is ridiculously quick. I love that these are comfortable, but look like more dressy pants. The pockets do fray a bit, but I like the messy elegance of that. You could always just turn the edges over, and then sew them on. Send me a picture if you try them!


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