Customize a pair of cutoff denim shorts by crocheting trim along the bottom.
Until this winter, I had a pair of jeans I bought as a sophomore in high school that still fit me. At least, they did until they endured what I thought was a career-ending rip to the leg this winter.
It happened in such a spot, though, that I realized I could try making the jeans into cutoff shorts with white lace trim on the bottoms, like I've seen on Pinterest.
Rob and I are spending a long weekend on the beach in Florida later this summer, so I decided yesterday to either DIY some cutoffs or kill my jeans trying.
After looking at some photos online, I realized I liked the look of denim fringe over the white trim. I realized I wanted to crochet the trim onto the shorts, rather than making a border and sewing it on. I also decided to use Lily Sugar'N Cream  100 percent cotton yarn, so the trim would be comfortable against my skin.
To start, I cut off the jeans and turned them inside out, and kept them that way through all sewing and crocheting.
I sewed blue bias tape an inch above the bottom of the cutoffs. I tried to sew across the top of the bias tape, to leave a nice flap to allow room for crocheting. However, I'm a terrible seamstress, so I ended up just being happy it was attached.
A while back, Rob made me a lovely pointy crochet hook for crocheting onto fabric (the thing could be used as a weapon, so I'm careful with it. I think he made it out of a metal rod, using a grinder).
It was a little too thick to actually crochet the yarn onto the bias tape. Plus, I didn't want to poke holes in the denim that wouldn't be fringed. So I used it to poke holes an inch apart in the bias tape, and used a regular hook for all my actual crocheting.
I used a size G crochet hook and single crocheted in every hole in the tape, with two chain stitches between each SC. I used a slip stitch to join my first stitch to my last, so I was crocheting in a circle.
Then, I double-crocheted around in every single crochet and chain stitch. This made my border tall enough to start peeking out of the bottom of the shorts, if that makes sense.
I decided to continue with the No. 13 border from a book I got for Christmas, "Around the Corner Crochet Borders," by Edie Eckman . I won't write it out here, since it's not a free pattern, but it was fairly easy. You could probably find something similar free online. It features picot, chain and double-crochet stitches.
The three border rounds worked up pretty quickly, and I love how it looks, peeking out from the hem of the shorts. I used a seam ripper to encourage the fringe at the bottom of the cutoffs. I'm sure the fringe will develop more as I wash and wear them.
I plan to wash these shorts in cold water on the delicate cycle. The shorts took about three hours, total.
I also have to say, the crochet trim on the shorts is especially handy for that moment when you realize it's been 10 years since you were 17, and should probably be adjusting the length of your shorts accordingly. So that works, too. I can't wait to wear them on the beach.