For the Fourth of July this year I decided that instead of wasting time (and money) shopping around for red white and blue apparel, I would do a simple makeover to some old jean shorts. I loved the “washed” american flag look that you see so often in stores and wanted to find a way to recreate that look. I figured that the easiest way would be to add pocket liners to the jean shorts.
Needle & Thread
Here’s a picture of the original shorts. I ended up using a pair of old Hollister shorts that I didn’t wear anymore, however, you can always start fresh with a new pair or find an inexpensive pair at a thrift store!
I went to JoAnne’s for the fabric and fell in love with this pattern (it cost less than $2.00). I started out with a rectangle (approximately 4×3 inches) and measured it to fit the top lining of the pocket.
Then I cut a rough outline out of the fabric (to match the shape of the pocket) and tucked it into the pocket to ensure that it would cover the whole area.
Next I just sewed, matching the edges of the fabric to the lines of the pocket using a dark navy thread.
And the finished product! Another (even easier) idea would be to sew the fabric to the outside back pockets. You could also do this to capris or pants. I thought that white shorts would look adorable, but I didn’t have an extra pair to use. Maybe next year!
Here are some cute patriotic jean shorts if you don’t have time to create these! All are less than 30$