You’ve seen these shorts on everyone from Kylie Jenner to Solange. You could go out and buy them for $68 from Topshop…or you could make your own! I opted for the latter.

In case you missed it, I recently added a “Shop My Closet” section to my blog. (For all of you who have been asking to get your hand on pieces from my closet.) Well, I recently sold a pair of striped Forever 21 shorts that I never got the chance to wear because they were too big. The customer asked if I’d be willing to customize them for her, so I figured why not give these American flag shorts a try. I’ve been wanting to try it for months now anyways.

Here’s how:

Things You’ll Need – a pair of shorts, a paper grocery bag, an American flag bandana, scissors, needle & thread (or fabric glue), straight pins & an ink pen.

Using a paper grocery bag, trace & cut out a “template” of the area of the shorts you want to cover. Using your ink pen, lay the template over top of the bandanna and trace out the shape. Cut it out.

Next, place the newly cut out pieces of the bandanna on top of the shorts and then pin them in place with your straight pins. Hand stitch* the fabric in place. (*You can also use permanent fabric glue.) Once, you’ve secured the fabric in place…you’re done! Simple and to the point. Feel free to play around with the direction of the stripes. You can also cover the zipper section if you want. It’s all up to you. HAVE FUN!

As an added detail, I decided to add gold pyramid studs to the front and back pockets.

All done!


See this style on some of your favorite celebrities…