DIY: Patching Jean Shorts

Source: Photo by J Williams on Unsplash

I found my perfect pair of jean shorts two years ago and they are still my favorite pair. Actually, they are my only pair of jean shorts because I donated the rest of them. They are a pair of “Supplies by Union Bay” shorts I picked up at Nordstrom Rack, and when I first got them they were lightly distressed.

However, like most ‘distressed’ jeans it was only a matter of time before they got AGGRESSIVELY distressed. So here we are two years later and the white netting stuff that is behind the holes is showing. Here it is right after I cut it out:

Ick! I’ve blogged about patching up holes before (Quick & Easy DIY: Patching Some Over-Distressed Jeans), so I figured now was the perfect time to patch again.

Jack hasn’t grown out of any jeans lately, so I picked up a kid pair with a denim wash I liked for just $4 at the thrift store with the idea of ripping them apart for patches. Even after this project, I still have plenty of fabric left, so the $4 investment was a steal!

If you haven’t patched a hole before, it’s super easy. You just pin on the new fabric inside the item and then sew around the hole and trim off any extra patching. I had lavender thread in my sewing machine and I’m lazy, so if you look close you can see where I stitched:

The whole project took less than 10 minutes and I’m so happy that my favorite pair of jean shorts are here to live another day. I really like how the darker denim peeks out of the distressing too. A much better look than that white netting stuff!

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Craft Review: Tie Dye with Toilet Cleaner

Source of toilet cleaner photo: Amazon.com

Earlier this month, I shared our experiences with a Tie Dye Kit (spoiler, we loved it and you can find the post here) and then I started thinking about other ways to personalize our clothing. Tie dye and bleach dyed clothes are super popular right now, so I figured I’d try my hand at bleach dying. The good news is that all you need is a dark colored shirt and bleach!

The bad news is that I didn’t have any bleach in my house… so I used the next best thing. Toilet cleaner.

Yup, I dyed my shirts with cleaner for our toilets. It was FREE, super easy and fun and you should try it too!

All you need is a shirt or two, some rubber bands, and toilet cleaner. You wet the shirt the same as you would for tie dying, wrap it up… once again the same as you would for tie dying. And then add some toilet cleaner!

Once I had the shirts saturated with the toilet cleaner, I’d set my watch for 15 minutes and check back. My orange shirt lightened up pretty quickly, but when I went to do it a second time with a black shirt I had to wait 30 minute or so for a real difference. I washed the shirts out as much as possible in my laundry sink and then threw them in the laundry for a wash and dry. I love how they turned out!

My orange shirt now has kind of a cloud, creamsicle look to it. It gave the shirt a little extra interest.

What was formerly a plain black shirt is now one of my favorite tops to wear. The black gave way to a pinkish-purplish color, so it’s like a more subtle tie dye pattern. It just looks so cool with a pair of jeans or shorts and it totally gave an unworn shirt new life!

Have you tried bleach dying at home? Did you use actual bleach or try toilet cleaner like I did?

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DIY: Upholstering a Free Bench

I could have also named this post, “A Temporary Fix” because while this DIY is fine in the “how to” upholster something, the final product was just kind of… eh. Anyways, I was bored on Saturday so I threw this project together. I had picked up an old free bench months ago when Lindsey and I were doing some antiquing. We ripped the old and gross fabric off of it and threw it in the back of my car.

Pretty much immediately, I regretted it. So it lived in my garage for months and I was thinking about putting it out for the garbage truck to pick up.

I didn’t need the bench and it was in pretty yucky condition with bits of old fluff stuck to it. However, as I mentioned. I was bored. So, I grabbed an old floor scraper and scraped off the old fluff.

Then, I cut some foam down to the same size as the top of the bench.

I threw some of my velvet upholstery options on the floor from my sewing bin (I picked these up probably 20+ years ago when I was out hitting yard sales with a friend):

I picked the green, so I stuck it on top the bench and foam and got out my handy staple gun…

And BAM, I have a new footrest for my hanging chair.

As I mentioned, I don’t love it. In fact, I’m not really loving my sunroom at all right now. After making it absolutely perfect last spring (you can see it here), in the fall I stole my white sunroom couch and randomly decided to redecorate the den (here’s that post). And the problem is, I LOVE my new den. Which means I need to run out and buy another couch and ottoman for my sunroom. But, #quarentine. So, I decided to make do with that I had around my house.

Once life goes back to normal(ish), we will have to take a trip to Ikea and grab another $399 slipcovered EKTORP couch. Same goes for Homegoods – once they open, I can grab a replacement ottoman. However, for now we are still hunkered down so this bench will work. And then, I’ll add it to my donation pile so someone else can thrift and enjoy it!

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