Introduction: Lace Trim Shorts - Simple Sewing Project

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Lace can transform your standard shorts into something stunning & adorable! This is a very simple sewing project, which requires only a few items and a little time!

  • Sewing machine, recommended (although you could definitely sew this on by hand)
  • Thread
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter
  • Measuring Tape
  • Shorts (or jeans which you cut into shorts)
  • Lace for the trim

Step 1: Cut the Shorts & Hem *optional

If you haven't done so already, cut your shorts to the desired length. If you plan to hem your shorts, leave enough fabric to do so. I decided to hem my shorts, as I thought they looked nicer that way. I cut mine from a long pair of jeans. In the first photo, I just have the fabric folded underneath as I was trying to plan out my desired length. I then trimmed the excess fabric.

If you decide to hem the jean shorts, rather than leaving them frayed, then you'll first need to put the shorts inside out. Then, fold them under about 3/4 of an inch on the bottom, iron & repeat that once more (so it is folded in twice). Then pin the hem into place and sew, removing pins as you go along.

Step 2: Pinning & Sewing the Lace

Finally, start at the inside seam of your shorts and pin the lace onto the shorts. You'll need to figure out how long your lace should be. Then, if you choose to, you can sew the ends of the lace together to form a loop. I personally pinned the lace all the way around and then removed a few pins near the ends of the lace. I then sewed the ends together to make it a loop, repinned the entire lace circle in place and began sewing the lace onto the shorts. If you like, you can pin the lace onto the top of your shorts. But, I pinned mine underneath the hemline of my shorts. It's entirely up to you!

Step 3: Finished!

Now you're all done - enjoy your adorable lace-trimmed shorts!

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