Denim and Lace Shorts DIY

Julia Rafael
by Julia Rafael
8 Materials
30 Minutes

I decided these shorts had seen better days and needed a little something extra. So today I’m going to show you how to make lace shorts out of an old pair of denim cutoffs. It’s really quick and simple, and I think it’s a really cute way to change up an otherwise unremarkable article of clothing. Keep reading to see the transformation.

Tools and materials:

  • Jean shorts
  • Lace fabric
  • Ruler
  • French curve
  • Fabric chalk
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
Make lace shorts

Sew lace shorts

Measure and mark

From the bottom of the front pocket, I measured 8 centimeters (3 inches) down the side seam and marked that spot. 

How to make lace shorts

On the back of the shorts, I measured 10 centimeters (4 inches) from the side seam, and marked that point, as well. 

How to sew lace shorts

On the front of the shorts, I made a vertical line from the top of the front pocket to the hem of the shorts.

DIY lace shorts

Then, using my french curve, I connected the three points I marked on the front, side, and back of the shorts, creating the shape of the cutout. 

Lace insert shorts


I cut out the shape and used it as a guide on the second side of the shorts to create a second, symmetric cutout.

Cut the lace

Using the cutout as a template, I cut a piece of lace, leaving a ½-inch seam allowance around the edges. 

Fold, pin, and sew

I folded the edges of the lace in by ½ an inch, pinned it to the shorts, and sewed it in place. 

And that’s it!

I hope you liked this cute little fix. How would you style these lace insert shorts?  

Suggested materials:
  • Jean shorts
  • Lace fabric
  • Ruler
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