5.05.2012

oh i love DIY: doily shorts.

hi there, sorry i haven't posted in a few days, i'm in chattanooga, TN for a friends graduation! this place is GORGEOUS i am going to have some beautiful pictures to share. chattanooga is such a sweet little place, with inspiration and artsyness {is that a word? it is now..} flowing everywhere, i love it here! 

until then, i have an awesome DIY for ya. i'm sure you've seen the whole lace shorts DIYs floating around the internet. well i thought they were just adorable, and had to make myself a pair. i had some lace that was alright, but for these i actually ended up using a doily.  a few years back my grandmommy gave me a huge bag full of doilies that her mom&grandma had made, knowing that i could find something cool to do with them, and boy have i used them quite a bit.  it's really neat because i am creating things with art made by my great grandmothers, so i have a piece of them floating around with me in the things that i create :) plus i know it makes grandmommy happy to see them!

so anyways, here are my DIY doily shorts.  i kinda took pictures while i was making them so you could see how to do it but i'm not sure if they are very helpful haha so please ask questions if you are making some and confused!!

you will need:
lace/crochet/doily
needle and thread the same color as your doily
scissors
pins
jeans/shorts

1. if you are using jeans, cut them to shorts. i measured them to another pair of shorts that had a length that i liked.
2. cut your doily to the size you would like it to be, if you are using lace, it may already be as desired.
3. put your doily on the shorts where you'd like them to go. pin them on to make sure they are secure. you will want the middle of your doily to be directly on the seam, so it's in the middle.
4. sow only around the outer edges. on the picture below, i drew turquoise lines where you should be sowing. be careful not to sow anywhere on the inside.
5. cut out all of the jean underneath the doily, inside your stitching. 
             *now if you want, do the same exact thing to the other side. or you can just      leave it on one side, both look cute! :)
and that's what it looks like finished! for some reason i didn't take a picture of the shorts so you could see the whole thing completed...not really sure why, but i will soon, i'll probably have them on in an outfit post shortly so you can see them then! 

i hope you like them, and if you have any questions, please ask away! :)


18 comments:

  1. These are so cute! That's so sweet that your grandma made you doilies!

    -Lisa
    The Lovely Memoir

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  2. these are phenomenal. golly, i need to become decent at sewing. i love that your grandma gave you a big old bag of doilies too...how many fun adventures and crafts she's enabled, i'm sure! xo.

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    1. yes so many, thanks for the sweet comment :)

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  3. they look very good- did u try the new header? x

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  4. great DIY! I love crochet on just about anything :)



    The House of Shoes

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  5. Thanks for the comment- it's actually a tunic, I wore as a skirt- it's my favorite piece of apparel I own because I wear it so many ways. I think I have used it around 4 times in a style post. haha.

    These are so cute! have you ever studded anything before? i would like to see that on a DIY.

    God bless
    christine
    www.beyoutifulhope.blogspot.com

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    1. wow thats awesome, it looks so cute!

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  6. OMG! These are great, I will deff try it! thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! (:

    xx
    E

    http://byebye-blondie.blogspot.mx/

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  7. these shorts are so cute &perfect for the summer. Thanks so much for your sweet comments!! You have a lovely blog:)

    xx
    http://canvasofculture.blogspot.com/

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  8. This is Adorable koko. Your grandma Is awesome. Making doilies is hard. I love the result of the DIY you should post the finish result :) sounds you have an awesome two weeks. Cnt wait for more pics dear

    www.girllilikoi.com

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thanks for your thoughts, i love hearing from all of you! i honestly get excited to read each and every comment, so really, thank you :)