How to Make DIY Lace-Up Shorts Without Eyelets in Just 10 Minutes

Mset Fashion Design
by Mset Fashion Design
8 Materials
15 Minutes

In this DIY, I’m going to show you how to take a pair of denim jeans and transform them into DIY lace-up shorts using some ribbon. This is a great way to redesign a piece of clothing that you already have and create something new from it! Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Jeans
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Pins
  • Ribbon
  • Lighter
  • Sewing machine
Cutting the jeans into shorts

1. Cut the jeans

Lay your jeans flat and fold them in half. Then, cut them to the length you would like your shorts to be.

Drawing a triangle with a ruler

2. Draw a triangle

Fold the jeans so that the side seam is in the center. Then draw a triangle on either side of the seam; the bigger part of the triangle should be on the front section. 

Cutting the triangle

3. Pin and cut

Pin the pocket down to prevent it from moving. Cut the triangle out, and when cut, remove the pins. This new shape will create a flattering fit for the shorts.

Sewing the pocket

4. Sew the pocket

Sew the inside of the pocket to close it. Then hand-stitch the outside of the shorts to the side of the pocket.

Burning the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying

5. Burn the ribbon

Now we’re going to use ribbon instead of eyelets for lacing up the shorts. Cut two strips of ribbon the length of your shorts and then lightly burn the ends of the ribbon to prevent them from fraying.

Sewing the ribbon to the shorts

6. Sew

Place pins along the ribbon horizontally, leaving a gap each time that is the right size for you to later thread the ribbon through it. Proceed to sew the ribbon at the horizontal points where you’ve pinned.

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7. Lace the shorts

Take a piece of ribbon and pin the middle of it. Place this center point in the middle of the shorts at the top. Then start lacing the shorts in a zigzag pattern, leaving one gap each time.

Tying the ribbon ends in a bow

8. Tie a bow

Turn the shorts the right way out and tie up the end of the ribbon in a bow. Then cut off the excess ribbon and burn the ends again. Repeat the whole process on the other side of the shorts, and you’re done!

DIY pink lace-up shorts

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Here are the finished lace-up shorts, and I can’t get over how cute they are! They’re also quite sexy as well. 

Lace-up denim shorts with ribbon

This was such a fun DIY to do; it’s very easy and doesn’t take very long. I hope you enjoyed it and you’ll try it out for yourself.

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Join the conversation
  • Oliva Castro Oliva Castro on Jul 07, 2022

    Excelente idea, me encanto ✌️💯👌

  • Shan Shan on Aug 19, 2022

    With the University just starting classes this week here, your terrific idea is sure to be a game-changer! I can see school colors of ribbon, sororities, etc.! I am sharing to our students — with a single suggestion, tho. Here’s the challenge: What to do with the rest of the cut-off jeans legs/material? Let’s see what everyone comes up with!