Upcycled Denim Shorts

If you’ve been shopping lately you will have seen the current trend of denim shorts that have patches or pockets covered with fabric, sequins, different trims and other embellishments.

I am one for having a go at customising my old clothes into new, so I found an old pair of denim shorts and had a go at creating my own pair which cost me nothing!

Here is how i did and how you can do it too. With the right materials and equipment it isn’t that hard, and you will have a pair of unique shorts that no one else will have.

Shorts – (originally) Bershka//Top – Hollister

Equipment – 
A pair of shorts
-Material of your choice
-Paper(for the pattern)
-Needle and thread or sewing machine depending on fabric


1-After I decided what shorts I was going to use I had to find some material. I found an old bag that I had which I no longer used, but the fabric was so gorgeous and already heavily embellished with beading so I knew this would look perfect.

2-Next I placed the piece of paper over the area I wanted to cover by the fabric, for mine it was the right hand side of the shorts, then by holding it carefully I traced around it, this part can be fiddly.

3-I then cut the template out and placed it on the fabric where I wanted it and pinned it on. I then cut around this template leaving about 1cm extra to give room for turnings.

4-After I cut it out I placed it on the area to be embellished and pinned it on, you can also tack it with stitches if you find this easier.

5- Sew neatly around the edge either by hand or machine, whichever is appropriate. Mine was done by hand because the material was embellished. I also unpicked the belt loop and reattached it afterwards to give it a neat finish.

6-Ta da! You should end up with a unique item of clothing which you certainly wont see anyone else wearing!The possibilities of this really are endless, use your imagination!

I hope you enjoyed reading this! Has anyone else tried this before or customised any other clothes? I would love to hear from you all!