DIY My Fourth of July: A Firework Embroidered Jean Shorts Idea

Embroidered jean shorts for the win!

Closeup detail image of embroidered jean shorts with a firework star pattern.

Keeping with the July Fourth DIY ideas, I wanted to share a quick project that is not just perfect for July Fourth, but any time of year.

These embroidered firework jean shorts are a subtle way to incorporate a little flair for the holiday (or any other time of year). They’d look great on pants too…and even a sweater or t-shirt. So many possibilities for this very quick and easy embroidery design.

Image showing jean shorts being embroidered by hand with a firework star pattern.

Make Embroidered Jean Shorts

To make your own, all you’ll need is a pair of your favorite jean shorts and a needle and thread (I used embroidery floss because it’s much thicker and easier to see the designs).

Start with a strand of embroidery floss and thread through needle. Do a double strand of embroidery floss if you want the design to be thicker and more visible. Next, double or triple knot the end and go through the inside of the jean shorts to get started.

Basically, you’re just creating a simple asterisk pattern of lines roughly the same length that go to the center and then go back underneath the jeans and pop back out for the next line. See process shot for a better idea of how this was done.

Once the design is complete, go back through the jeans with the embroidery floss to the back and double or triple knot and cut off all loose string from the inside and they’re ready to wear.

Looking for more easy embroidery ideas?

Check out my most popular embroidery post: how to embroider (the easy way). And grab the free download for creating an abstract face design on clothing. It’s really cute for jean shorts especially.

Embroidered jean shorts with flowers in jean pocket.

Detail image of embroidered jean shorts with flowers in jean pocket.

Embroidered jean shorts with striped shirt and summer flowers in jean pocket.

How to Make Firework / Star Embroidered Jean Shorts

Embroidered jean shorts for the win! These embroidered firework jean shorts are a subtle way to incorporate a little flair for the Fourth of July holiday (or any other time of year). Use an existing pair of jean shorts to create this cool $2 upgrade.
Total Time30 mins
Keyword: clothing, diy, embroidery, fourth of july, jean shorts
Servings: 1 embroidered pair of jean shorts
Author: Brittni
Cost: $2

Equipment

  • embroidery needle
  • Scissors

Ingredients

  • embroidery floss or thread

Instructions

  • To make your own, all you'll need is a pair of your favorite jean shorts and a needle and thread (I used embroidery floss because it's much thicker and easier to see the designs).
  • Start with a strand of embroidery floss and thread through needle. Do a double strand of embroidery floss if you want the design to be thicker and more visible. Next, double or triple knot the end and go through the inside of the jean shorts to get started.
  • Basically, you're just creating a simple asterisk pattern of lines roughly the same length that go to the center and then go back underneath the jeans and pop back out for the next line. See process shot for a better idea of how this was done.
  • Once the design is complete, go back through the jeans with the embroidery floss to the back and double or triple knot and cut off all loose string from the inside and they’re ready to wear.

Notes

Looking for more easy embroidery ideas?
Check out my most popular embroidery post: how to embroider (the easy way). And grab the free download for creating an abstract face design on clothing. It's really cute for jean shorts especially.
Tried this recipe?Mention @paperandstitch or tag #paperandstitch!

Photography Amelia Lawrence // Model Emma Spear

What are your plans for July Fourth? Do you ever dress up for the occasion?

7 comments | Click here to reply

Those jean shorts are adorable. I love the floral embroidered detail.
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Courtney Hardy

Thanks Courtney. Flowers always help. 🙂

Brittni

I love how cute and subtle the embroidery is, great work!
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Michelle

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Thanks Michelle.

Brittni

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Looks so cute.Love this idea
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