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Floral Jean Shorts DIY


Okay, I WISH I could rock a pair of bootie shorts like this. But that doesn’t stop me from making them. This was part of an iLoveToCreate blogger challenge  -they asked all the designers to transform a pair of shorts into something artful and fun. Here is what I came up with!


Jean shorts

Tulip One-Step Dye, blue

Tulip Fabric Markers

Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue


Tulip Fashion Glitter, gold and Tulip Glitter Bond

Wax paper


1. Line the inside of the shorts with wax paper or freezer paper. Draw floral designs on the jeans with the Clear Tacky. Let dry, flip the shorts over and draw on the other side. NOTE: It takes a while to dry, be patient! I actually let mine dry over night. You can also use a paintbrush to thin out any globs. This will help the glue dry faster.


2. Once the glue is dry, you’ll want to mix the blue dye and apply it to the front and back right leg of the shorts. Let dry.


3. This step just popped in my head. I really wanted contrast between the legs so I used 50/50 bleach water and sprayed the other side of the shorts to lighten them. I then washed them in the washer (cold water) and put them through the dryer. All the glue will have washed off, if it hasn’t put them through the wash again.


4. Use the markers to draw the flowers and fill in with bright colors. Make sure to make them super dark so they will stay bright through washings!


5. Now it’s time to cut the shorts. This is where I got into trouble! I thought I cut them too short. After all that work – I almost had a panic attack! Make sure to measure how short or long you want them before you cut!


6. My freak-out didn’t last long. I took the bottom pieces and sewed them on the legs. Make sure to pin first so you’ll know exactly how they will look. I love that I mixed up the design, it was a total afterthought. Creativity is a process, people! I also added a line of Glitter Bond and gold glitter.

back-of-shorts (3)

Here they are from the back.


Don’t forget that you can always freshen up your marker flowers in between washings to keep them looking bright!


Thanks for checking out my project!

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