The Beauty of Bias Tape Part 3: Summer Shorts

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Closeup of girl wearing bias tape shorts

A few weeks ago, we had fun making our own bias tape. Last week, we freshened up some old towels with this cute sewing notion. Today, we’re going to use bias tape to get ready for summer and give some old jeans a new life.

Closeup of girl wearing bias tape shorts

Girl wearing bias tape shorts sitting on log

First, find an old pair of jeans with stained or worn out knees.

Closeup of old jeans

Cut the jeans to your desired shorts length.

Closeup of scissors and cut jeans

Grab some of your cute homemade bias tape, open it up, match the raw edges and pin it to the bottom the shorts.

Bias tape pinned to raw edge of jean shorts

Fold 1/4″ on the end and pin.

Bias tape pinned to raw edge of jean shorts

Sew the tape to the jeans using the first fold as your guide. When you get back around to where you started, cut the bias tape leaving enough to overlap an inch or so and continue sewing to the end.

Woman using sewing machine to attach bias tape to shorts

Fold the tape again along the original fold lines, bring it around to the wrong side of the jeans and pin. The bottom raw edge of the jeans will be sandwiched in between the tape.

Closeup of the bias tape shorts

You can zig zag the edge or sew it with a straight stitch to finish off your shorts.

Folded bias tape sewn to shorts with zig zag stitch

To finish off the look, use bias tape in a braid……

Girl with bias tape weaved into her braid

or make some coordinating tape for shoe laces.

Bias tape shoelaces closeup

Girl wearing bias tape shorts and carrying bias tape shoelaced sneakers

Have fun and I hope you’ve been enjoying this bias tape series. I’d love to know what you’ve been doing with all of your homemade bias tape.

Happy Summer!


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