I noticed throughout summer, a growing trend of shorts with a different fabric panel in the front or fabric on the back pocket. I really wanted to buy a few pairs but then remembered what a nightmare it is to find a pair of shorts that fit perfectly! Not to mention that I just couldn’t justify spending $40-$50 on a pair! My solution? Make your favorite pair of shorts with interchangeable panels so you know they not only fit, but you can change up the look any time you want! Keep reading for my no-sew tutorial on how to make your own!
Pair of shorts
½ yard of fabric (I used a cotton knit as well as stretchy lace)
Chalk or pencil (depends on color of fabric)
(1.) If your shorts have a rolled up bottom hem, unroll hem. (2.) Place fabric on top of shorts and with chalk or pencil, (3.) trace around the front panel of the shorts. You can also do this with the back pocket. Don’t worry about making it perfectly within the lines because you’ll be folding in the edges of your fabric panel to make a hem so it’s actually better to trace a bit outside of the panel anyway. (4.) Cut out your fabric piece and make sure it lines up with your shorts pocket, belt loop, fly, etc.
Next flip your fabric over so you’re looking at the backside of it. (5.) Squeeze a small line of glue around the edges and (6.) fold fabric over to make a hem on all sides. (7.) This will keep it from fraying after several wears. Set aside to dry for 15 minutes.
(8.) Next we’ll be working on the shorts and Velcro pieces. (9.) Put a small dab of glue on the backside of your Velcro fastener (use the scratchy piece for the shorts and the fuzzy piece for your fabric) and (10.) place on shorts in the corners where your fabric panel will be. Hold down for 30 seconds. (11.) Continue until you have all pieces on and set aside to dry for 25-30 minutes. Depending on how long your shorts are, you can use more Velcro pieces around the edges if you’re worried about the sides puckering while walking or sitting.
(12.) Next glue the opposite Velcro piece onto the corresponding spots on your fabric. It helps if you lay the fabric piece on top of the shorts to see where it will line up. Set aside to dry for 25-30 minutes.
Once your shorts and fabric piece are dry, stick your fabric panel to your shorts, roll up the hem, and you’re good to go!
You can literally make as many fabric panels as you want so you always have a different look. I chose two very different types and looks to show you an example. Let me know how yours turned out!