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by Emma on March 21, 2012

in Craft

I made the mistake of wearing these yesterday…. and it rained, most of the day. Oh well. Cold, purple-tinted legs are really in this year, right? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Anyway, I got the idea for making these from an image I found on the internet. I tried looking it up again this morning and I guess it was from and there was no other original source cited. Which is bummer because it’s always nice to give credit for an idea. My shorts turned out quite different anyway, as I used different materials and my hand sewing skills are not the most stellar.

All I did was cut some old jeans up (they had paint on them anyway, so no great loss) and sew on the fabric I repurposed from a child’s poncho I thrifted. It was either a child’s or else it really got struck before it came into my possession. I created a little template of paper before cutting the poncho so I could be sure to get the size/shape I wanted and so both sides could be uniform.

I like the idea that as I wash these they will get more and more frayed and, even better, as this style looks good messy.

Thanks for letting me share project #12 of my 2012 craft challenge with you all. Here’s to warmer days!

xo. Emma


debbie March 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I LOVE this. Very cute.

call me debbie March 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

What a great idea is this?i like the color combination of this-which-used-to-be-a-poncho fabric!

So boem! SO great! ;)

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Giulia March 21, 2012 at 6:41 pm

How cute are these shorts??? *_* great job! I wish I colud wear shorts, it’s not warm enough here in Italy… I can’t wait!!!!

Kira March 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Those are awesome, such a fun idea!

Miss V March 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Those shorts are so cute!!!! I really love this idea and will now be on the hunt for some similar poncho material. Love your style!

Stephanie March 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Your shorts are so awesome. I love them!

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Mariana March 21, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Such a great idea! They are so cute!!

Carly March 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm

These are SO cute Emma! I feel like Free People would make them and sell them for like $250! DIY is where it’s at…you’ve inspired me to take to DIY’ing some of my many pairs of jean shorts! Unfortunately I don’t have a sweet Mexican blanket to use

Vivi K March 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Wow, you sure are good at sewing!! LOVE how you transformed these shorts!

Margherita March 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Love it!

shannon March 22, 2012 at 12:59 am

These are so adorable! What a brilliant idea.

Freya March 22, 2012 at 1:28 am

I’m passing this along to my mother…she worked for Pendelton in Oregon (the company that proudly makes all those Native American designed blankets) and she has SO many scraps of fabric laying around!! It’s a great way to spice up a pair of shorts or pants! Thanks!

Jaclyn T March 22, 2012 at 1:32 am

LOVE em….pinning time!

Melbournetime March 22, 2012 at 5:47 am

Love them! So different and cool!

Kacie March 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Dude, those shorts are fantastic.


Kerry March 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Totally fab idea!!!

Theresa March 22, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Love those. Cut-offs are my favorite, im going to have to find some fabric to update a pair of mine :)

dena miller March 23, 2012 at 4:11 am


Breanna March 23, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Dude! Emma! You are looking so fabulous, tell your secrets on how you’re staying so thin!? :)

Katia March 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Stellar shorts! That’s such a good look!!


One Half Wolf March 25, 2012 at 3:10 am

These are great!! My mom and I are starting a little shop on etsy making similar shorts! We are using upcycled vintage fabric as well as ethnic and traditional textiles like these! We are hoping to earn a little money to fund my fall wedding!! I can’t wait until they go LIVE! If you check out my blog you can see a little sneak peek! (

staklene bombone March 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

looks great! if I only loved my legs a bit more, I’d wear shorts all the time:)

Zoe March 26, 2012 at 7:44 am

These look fantastic, i just love them! shall be putting them on my to-do list.


Jennifer March 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

What a fantastic DIY! They came out great!

xo Jennifer