For once in my life I started a project for something over a month in advance rather than the day before! I really wanted something fun to wear for the 4th of July this year. I decided I wanted to try and make high waisted american flag shorts! I didn't want to go out and buy a new outfit that I'll only wear a couple of times! WELL, my shorts turned out great and guess how much I spent to make these??!? .....6 dollars! ......yes, SIX!
I have included a step by step tutorial and pictures of how I made these adorable shorts! I hope you enjoy! Happy crafting!
STEP ONE: OLD JEANS
Find on old pair of jeans that you don't care about or go to a thrift store (Like I did) and buy some old jeans. Personally, I went to Goodwill and found a pair of old High Waisted jeans that fit and were only $6!
I also went for a pair with plain pockets (just my preference). It is also an option to paint the back pockets to match the front if you so desire!
STEP TWO: STARS AND STRIPES
Find a star shape on the internet and print it out in the size that you want! I printed the star out on a piece of card stock so that it made a template and I could trace it easily.
BTW, don't cut the jeans into shorts until you are all the way finished painting and they are dry!
Arrange the stars however you want! I did mine in a sort of diagonal lined pattern. Trace each one with pen or pencil so that you can see it on top of the denim. I did a rough estimate on where I should stop tracing stars because of cutting them and same goes for the stripes.
For the stripes I used a ruler to make sure the lines were semi straight and I used the ruler's width as my stripe thickness. Again, just draw lines far enough down to where you think you will be cutting them.
STEP THREE: WHITE FIRST
For all the painting I used acrylic paint I had on hand. I would suggest using fabric paint if you want to wash and wear these often and you don't want the paint to fade or come off.
First, I painted all the stars! (By the end you are starting to HATE this awful shape that is so annoying to paint- but don't get discouraged! It is all worth it in the end!) I used a medium sized, flat brush and painted the outlines of the star first, then worked my way into the middle.
Next comes the stripes! I used a thicker flat brush to paint these. I chose to make the inside and outside stripe white, but again- you do whatever your little heart desires!
OKAY... we're getting there!
STEP FOUR: THE RED AND THE BLUE
Again, with acrylic paint, I filled in between all the stars with a primary blue color and a medium flat brush.
For the stripes I used a primary red color with a larger flat brush... Pretty self explanatory!
STEP FIVE: CUT OFFS
The only part you're not seeing (which you should be thankful) is me trying on the pants once they were dry and my friend drawing pen lines where I should cut them. I suggest putting the pants on to ensure that you don't cut them too short! I also left them a little longer than I thought I would wear them so I can cuff them if I want... so just keep that in mind! We also used a ruler and made sure the lines were straight and the two pant legs matched up before cutting.
I recommend a heavy duty set of scissors! It is a little difficult to get started with your cutting because of the thick seams.
Once you have both pant legs cut off.. Again, match up the pant legs and make sure everything is straight and even and do some trimming if need be!
& FINALLY, the finished product! "TADAAAAA!" (as I said when mine were finished) ALL DONE! and super cute! You're ready for the holiday/themed party/country concert/etc!
All photos © S. Canning Photography 2014