A Short Summer DIY

Goodwill has plenty of clothing options for the Summer, and one summer item that never goes out of style in Texas is denim. Whether you find a good pair of Levi’s or Wrangler’s at Goodwill starting at $4.49 or have that one good pair sitting in your closet, make a fashion statement of your own with repurposed shorts!

Here are some fun ways to make short’s last a little longer.




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Are shorts feeling a little too long? Fold them! This beats the tearing at the bottoms and gives off a vintage look. Cut off excess length in a slant and fold up the rest. Sew each end to keep the fold up.



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If you are big into sewing, sketching a pattern or flowers on some tracing paper can spruce up your pair, all with a needle and some thread.



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Anything is a canvas! With some acrylic paint and dry time, your pockets can pop with a familiar painting or one of your own! Tape around the area you would like to paint to prevent it from bleeding over and coat the pocket with white paint so the colors do not blend with the denim. Who knows, they may be worth millions later!


Iron On

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Who said patches are for jackets only? Patches run small to large and are easy to iron.  This may be one of the simplest, quickest ways to refashion shorts. Iron on and around the pockets or put them on the sides. The placement possibilities are endless.



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Painting not really your thing? Another simple and easy way to change up your shorts is by gluing or sewing on fabric. Goodwill has countless materials from pillowcases, blankets, tablecloths, and other clothing that can be bought, at times even cheaper than a yard of fabric, to add on or inside pockets.



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Shorts too short or tight at the thigh? Stitch some lace to the hem. Lace is a nice way to add fabric and make shorts more comfortable or longer.



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Lastly, a no sew or glue, trendy way to alter shorts are by making them distressed. With some safety and a box cutter or scissors, you can pull strings, cut slits, and tear around to make them frayed. This is also a good go-to if your favorite pair gets snagged or forms a hole.


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