Get The Look For Less: Denim Fringe Shorts

Since it’s summer, my bank account has been getting smaller and smaller (due to one too many splurges!) and I’ve been keeping an eye out for summer pieces which I could cut the corners of buying, and in fact attempt to make it. With a few materials (and some patience) you could turn a pair of cheapy shorts, into a unique summer statement.

What you will need:

  • Small scissors (I used nail scissors) or a small-holed hole-puncher
  • Tweezers
  • A pair of shorts (I used these white ones)
  • Some type of fringe

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  • It’s good to use shorts which have a clean cut round the rim like the ones I have linked above, or you could cut up a pair of old jeans.
  • You can probably get fringe from any craft store, but I sacrificed a pair of my mum’s old heels as it had the exact fringe I needed. So sort through your closet (or anyone else’s) and you might just come across something.

Let’s get started!

1. Grab your shorts and cut a hole near the rim. When I say a hole, all you need to do is poke something sharp through the material to ensure there’s an opening wide enough for your fringe to be pulled through.

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2. Thread a piece of your fringe through the hole by using your tweezers.

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3. Now you need to do a ‘Noose’ knot. I did have to practice a few times before I got the hang of it, but just carefully follow the instructions below and you’ll be on track…

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Once your fringe looks a bit like a snail, over lap the swirled part of the fringe to form a loop.Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 16.00.48Now place the other half of the fringe over the loop.

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With this part, thread it under the loop, like so:

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Then with the piece left placed on top, fold this under the loop.

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Your fringe should look like the picture above, if not just go over the instructions again and maybe just look at the pictures to guide you (my worded instructions are quite rubbish and confusing, sorry).

Now gently pull and push the knot up to meet the rim of your shorts.

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Ta-da! Now repeat many, many times (this is where your patience takes some use) until the rims of both legs of the shorts are covered with gorgeous fringing!

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I might try and raid my closet to find anything else which is crying out for a bit of fringe… you can never have enough fringe, right?

Jemima Plume Xx

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