Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Painted Cuffed Shorts - Cut off Jean Shorts Series

A fun way to dress up old cut off jean shorts is with fabric paint. My middle daughter is definitely the girly girl in the family. She loves everything pink. So I turned her old jeans into some cuffed shorts with pink hearts.

 Want to make your own Painted Cuffed Shorts? 

Painted Cuffed Shorts - Cut off Jean Shorts Series
Here's how:

Begin by cutting off your old jeans. I find that cutting right at the hole in the knee is perfect for cuffing the shorts. Simply roll them up twice and press them with an iron. I also opted to hem them by hand. I used the same stitch as I use to bind my baby blankets. Need a little help with hemming? Watch the video at the end of this post: How to Blind-Hem Stitch

Now for painting the hearts. I'll be the first to tell you that I am not an artist. I'm not good at drawing, or painting. So I have to come up with easy ways to get what I'm wanting.

So here's the simple way to paint a heart:

How to Paint a Simple Heart the Easy Way

First of all you're going to want to practice on a scrap piece of jean. The bottom leg that you cut off works great. You will also need a foam paint brush, a small paint brush and of course some fabric paint.

Using the bottom of the foam paint brush like a stamp, place it in the paint and make a dot on your jeans.

Make a second dot right next to it so that the two dots are touching.

Make a third dot under the first two and touching both.

Now using the end of the small paintbrush, straighten out the edges of the heart, using the paint from the dots.

That's it!

Once you've practiced a time or two, it's time to try it on the jeans. I started in the very middle, then painted the two end hearts. Lastly, I added the other two middle hearts.

Painted Cuffed Shorts - Cut off Jean Shorts Series
I followed the directions for drying time {it's several hours} and then painted the back with hearts as well. I also went over each heart with a second coat of paint. They've been washed a half a dozen times at this point and so far so good. The paint has stayed perfectly.

Other posts in my Cut off Jean Shorts Series:
Cutoff Jean Shorts with Flag Pocket
Cutoff Jean Shorts with Flag Pocket

Cutoff Jean Shorts with Simple Ribbon Bows
 Cutoff Jean Shorts with Simple Ribbon Bows

Cuffed Jean Shorts with Ribbon

Lace Cutoff Shorts

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