{DIY} 5 Minute Pom Pom Shorts | Thriftanista in the City

7.08.2015

{DIY} 5 Minute Pom Pom Shorts

Have you ever been so caught up in a shopping frenzy that you purchase something that is clearly damaged? I do. Had I took my own vacation thrift shopping advice, this would not have happened. Since I ignored myself, I turned ripped pants into pom pom shorts.

diy pom pom shorts


There was a $2 sale going on at Goodwill and clothes were flying everywhere. While checking out, I noticed tribal print joggers laying on the counter. I've been wanting to try the trend so I purchased without knowing if they even fit me or checking for damage.

tribal print pom pom shorts

I get them home and discover there's a pretty big rip along the seam but not on the seam. A repair wouldn't be easy so instead I refashioned them into pom pom shorts. 

pants to shorts diy

Pom pom trim can also be used to tack on a little extra coverage to those short shorts you thought you would wear. It makes a super cute addition to kids clothes too.

Adding the trim is extremely easy to do and only takes 5 minutes using a sewing machine but you can hand sew if you have that skill set. I love instant gratification projects. 

Tools required

loose fitting pants
pom pom trim
scissors
matching thread
sewing machine (optional)

pom-pom-shorts-tutorial

Instructions:

1. Cut the legs off of pants to desired length. Instead of cutting across both layers like I do for jean cutoffs, I cut around as you can see in the video demo below. I used the elephants as my guide to make sure the print was uniform.

2. Start at inner seam. Pin trim edge to edge of raw hem on shorts leaving a .5" tail at  the beginning.

3. Sew trim to shorts starting close to top edge of trim. Finish by stitching over tail. Cut away excess trim about a half inch away from the finish. Tuck that tail under and sew over it slowly. It's a small, thick hump to go over.

Sew an additional seam close to bottom edge of trim for extra security.

That's it!

Have you worked with pom pom trim before?

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