DIY Patriotic Shorts

DIY Patriotic Shorts

Hey! I’m Briton, the mama behind Rad Mom Cool Kid, a family lifestyle and travel blog. Today I’m excited to share a simple tutorial for one of my favorite holidays: DIY patriotic shorts. These shorts are perfect for a day spent at the lake, hiking, or BBQing with friends! This tutorial works for any size but I’ll be showing you the pair I made for my 3 year old daughter. Also, be sure and enter the $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway at the end of this post!

Supplies –
Old pair of jeans
Bleach pen
Cardboard
Fabric scissors

DIY Patriotic Shorts Supplies

Step One – cut the jeans into shorts. Remember: you can always go shorter but you can never go longer so cut them a bit long at first and try them on before making your final cut. I usually grab a pair of shorts that are already the length I want and use them as a guide.

Step Two – place the cardboard under the layer of fabric you’ll be bleaching. This will stop the bleach from bleeding through to the other side.

Step Three – in a well ventilated room or outside (away from kids and pets) practice on the scraps you cut from the shorts to get a feel for how the bleach pen “writes.” If the pen is new it might spit a bit at first until it gets going. Mine globbed out and had air bubbles that splashed the bleach out of the straight line I was going for. Luckily, it happened on the practice piece.

Step Four – draw your design on the shorts. I opted to do a star and stripes spin on the flag but you could also do lettering. I let the bleach sit for one hour then traced over it again and let it sit for another hour. You’ll want to keep an eye on your project as the time could be shorter or longer depending on the fabric you use and how bleached you want it to look.

DIY Patriotic Shorts with Bleach

Step Five – thoroughly rinse the bleach from the shorts. You can toss them in the washer or just use a bit of dish soap around the bleached area before rinsing again.

DIY Patriotic Shorts Rinse

Step Six – line dry or dry in the dryer. If you want the bleached area to be lighter, repeat steps 2-6! And there you have it: easy DIY patriotic shorts!

DIY Patriotic Shorts Pockets

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Pam Dana

I am a wife and mom that is over the moon for family, traditions and fun! I love to share lots of printables, DIY's, kids activities and my families favorite recipes! I am married to my husband, Scott, and we have 3 beautiful children and together they are my world!

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    Jessica

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    Oh my gosh what a cute and easy idea! Can’t wait to make these for my babe!

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    Jill London Williams

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    Oh what a cute easy idea! I’m totally doing this!

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    Heidi Schilling Fowler

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    Such a cute and simple idea! Love it!

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    Better From Scratch

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    This is such a great idea! I never thought to use a bleach pen for crafting–genius!

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    Alexandra @Momsbagoftricks

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    What a CUTE idea! I seriously can’t wait to try this with other stuff as well! So fun! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Meagan

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    I love this! What a cute and fun idea. It’s the new bedazzling! That is pretty cool you can do it with a simple bleach pen. So fun!

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    Annette Belnap- Tips from a Ty

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    Those are adorable! Such a great idea!

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