13.3.12

DIY Pocket Patch Shorts

'Sup! 

So, you know the amazing cat pocket shorts from Saturday's post? Yeah, I couldn't wait to try out making my own. I didn't have any cat material but made do with a very pretty floral pillowcase I bought in charity shop! Charity shop pillowcases are my go-to when I need cheap and pretty material in small quantities - sod off C&H with your £5 'fat quarters'! 

In what is quite possibly a first on this blog, this does require moderate sewing. But, as you'll see in my tutorial, I have gone out of my way to do as little sewing as possible! You could even do this project using fabric glue, but I personally like that you can unpick the stitching and sew on different material if you fancy. 

So, here are the before shots - shorts courtesy of Republic as I am currently blogging for them! And you can find the link to a short video tutorial over on Republic's Wear It Your Way blog, if it sounds like gobbledegook in the tutorial below. 



And here's my tutorial:

Ta-daaaa!


I love them! What do you think? 

It was a tad more time consuming than the other DIY's I usually undertake, but I guess there are some things that need a bit more effort. It took about an hour all in all, but I did keep getting distracted by Cheaper By The Dozen! What a film. 

Hope you've enjoyed my latest DIY!

xxx

44 comments:

  1. This is ace! I love it - what a great idea and bang on for spring floral trend x ace

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  2. LOVE this post Gem!!!!! I can't wait to try this out! You are like a 1950s super wife!

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  3. I love this idea! im going to try the cat one :) xx

    missjessicarachel.blogspot.com

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  4. Love this DIY, so cute on the pastel shorts. Definitely worth a little more time! I'm a sewphobic, but I swear by wundaweb, as it's less permanent than fabric glue - you can still pull off and start again if you wish!

    Pen x

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  5. This looks great.
    Last summer I had a play with ripped shorts and fabric glued printed fabric (leopard print) to the inside so insted of seeing my leg you saw the fabric....if you get what I mean.
    x

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  6. Love this!
    It means that if you get bored of your shorts you dont have to go out and buy a new pair... just buy new material for the pockets and give them a new lease of life :)
    x

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  7. This is such a good idea! I actually work for Republic and would never have thought of doing that to the shorts! They look fab! X

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  8. I'm getting on this ASAP, such a brilliant idea! Off to rummage in the charity shops now!xxx

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  9. This is an amazing idea thanks!!

    xxx

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  10. I love this, I did it to jeans when I was a teenager but mine looked really hippy. These are really cool :) defo will need to try this one.

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  11. Oh these look great Gem! You should definitely think about doing more easy-sewing projects on the blog - I love them and they can be so easy to do at home in front of the tv!
    teafortwodiary.blogspot.com

    x

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  12. What a great idea :) Perfect for spring as well!
    My D.I.Y skills are lacking but might have to try this out :)
    x

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  13. oooh i like this idea. And relatively pain free for a non pro like me :)

    Mel x
    www.mediamarmalade.com

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  14. This is cute, I really like it! x

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  15. cute!!!What a good idea, you could do it on loads of bits...

    www.legallyblondefairy.blogspot.com

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  16. These are so cute! I think its time I beak out the needle and thread and start on my DIY again thanks for inspiring me :)

    burntredd.blogspot.com

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  17. you made it look so easy, and it was!

    also, loved the idea to use hair straighteners in sewing - far more portable than lugging the heavy iron around :)

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  18. such a good tutorial! I may have to try it xxx

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  19. These are perfect, think i may try a diy soon with some old shorts :) x

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  20. This is lovely, and so perfect to add in some colour for the summer months

    Jess x

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  21. they look really good! I have been planning to do this for a few weeks with some map fabric that I have leftover. I was going to do it with fabric glue but yours look really nice sewn...hmmm..!

    Laila x
    thekittenswhiskers.blogspot.com

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  22. love these, it just adds a little personal touch does it :)

    Sarah
    500daysoffashion.blogspot.com
    x

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  23. Love this DIY and it's definitely something I'd try myself but I think my favourite part is that you use hair straighteners instead of an iron, brilliant :)

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  24. I love the floral patches! Great plan using the straightners instead of having to get the iron out!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  25. so pretty, may have to do this to some of mine
    www.theorangewalls.blogspot.com

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  26. You've made this look so easy! But they look so good, like they've been bought from a shop. I am quite sewphobic but I think I'm going to get my behind down the the fabric shop and possibly give this little DIY a whirl myself. Any money mine don't look like yours though, they'll just look like they've been violated by a big evil needle.

    Gemma x

    www.gemmasatire.blogspot.com

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  27. this is such a brilliant idea! i'm definitely going to try it. definitely a trend for summer.

    www.sarablahblah.blogspot.comxx

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  28. They look amazing!

    http://iamlilybee.blogspot.com/

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  29. They are lovely, such a great DIY and you explained it perfectly!

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  30. What a brill idea! Might try this during the Easter hols! :D x

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  31. Haha, I used to love cheaper by the dozen, brill memories! These look great, they sound easy enough so will definitely give these a go for summer!

    wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com

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  32. I need some cute little shorts like this for summer, and have been wanting to do a DIY jobbie myself for quite a while, so I might follow suit and give it a go sometime soon :)

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  33. Hi Gem,

    just dropping by to say I think you have one of the best style blogs online by far. I loved watching you on Superscrimpers - I liked the nail art tutorial you did! It's been a great series. My friend Hannah was on the show too - introducing the ladies to charity shop shopping!

    I'm so going to have a go at upcycling my denim shorts like you have done here! The cat patches really work well too! So chinsey!

    I'd like to invite you to take a look at the online vintage shop I work for: Truly Madly Vintage
    http://www.trulymadlyvintage.com/shop/browse/
    Our HQ is based in Little Leighs, a lovely small village just outside of Chelmsford in Essex. We work in a wonderful 16th century barn-house!
    If you fancy anything, we are offering FREE P&P throughout March - that's royal mail 1st class (on all clothing and accessories).
    If you like what you see, we'd love you could mention us on your blog, or give us a like on facebook!

    Thank you Gem, and have a lovely lovely day!

    Love Megan @TMV xXx

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  34. oh my god, these are gorgeous!!!

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  35. These look great! Such a good way to jazz up some boring shorts :)
    http://theredoneblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  36. Ahhhh! Brill idea!
    Gotta try this out

    BLEURGH
    www.say-bleurgh.blogspot.com

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  37. Lovely!
    I think you should buy these for your next DIY experiment :) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/220974306642?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649#ht_750wt_1037

    www.vanityfrills.blogspot.com
    xx

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  38. wow i have done a couple of this one but i have never thought of actually making a pattern. i did have a hard time stitching especially in the part of folding the edges. this one is neatly done.tnx

    - Germeline

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  39. have already done a couple of patch shorts but haven't actually tried making a pattern like yours. nice idea. thank you.

    - Germz

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