Who Wears Short Shorts? 3 Ways to Make Denim Cutoffs
For today's DIY style project, we've created 3 stylish ways to play with cutoffs. First, a basic how-to on creating a simple pair of cutoffs (a cheese grater is involved!). Next, we take a pair of too-tight jeans (we all have them) and transform them into boho chic shorts. And finally, a couple ways to embellish a pair of cutoffs you've already got.
– sharp scissors (ideally ones that are solely for fabric)
– needle and thread
– cheese grater
– sturdy fabric
– trim, chain, studs, any embellishments you like
First we'll show you how to make a distressed pair of cutoffs with a cheese grater, scissors, and pliers. For any pair of homemade cutoffs, it's crucial to measure the length while wearing them. Use a pencil to mark the ideal length, and cut about 1/2 an inch longer than that.
Now, get your pliers and scissors. Cut a few slits and use the pliers to pull denim fibers out one by one. You want to pull vertically to get the pictured effect.
Next, get your cheese grater! We used a mini one for a subtle look and then a large one for a more extreme one.
And there you have it. A pair of perfectly distressed cutoffs! Much better than paying the big bucks for pre-distressed denim.
Second, we'll take a pair of jeans that are a bit too tight and expand the waist to turn them into a brand new pair of shorts.
Cut the jeans to the shorts length you like. Then cut along the seams so you have a front and back.
When adding fabric, it's helpful to stitch the fabric on the edges before attaching to the jeans to avoid fraying. Use sewing pins to lay everything out. We definitely recommend trying them on while pinned to make sure you've got your measurements just right. Always err on the side of making them a little too big. We added a little lace flare at the bottom to give our cutoffs a bit more shape.
And finally, we'll show you some ideas for how to embellish and update an existing pair of cutoffs. We used woven trim, chain, and a few studs we had leftover from last week's flip flop extravaganza.
With the trim, take a needle and thread and sew right below the belt loop seam of your shorts. Sew to the bottom and you're done. Use a machine for extra strength. ;)
For the chain, simply cut it to the right length and use embroidery floss or sturdy thread to attach along the pocket line. For studs, simply stick them in and use pliers to fasten on the inside. Or try iron-ons!
Et voila! Three ways to make your own sizzling summer cutoffs.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)