Get ready for summer and festival season with these DIY Upcycled Jean Shorts! With simple crochet techniques, you can add fun stitching and tassels to the bottoms of shorts, skirts, or pants. Use an old, worn in pair of shorts, or pick some up jeans at your local thrift shop!
Hi everyone! This is Melanie from Counting Crafty Sheep and I am going show you how to make Upcycle Tasseled Jean Shorts today using crochet.We are using Darn Good Yarn’s Silk Blend Sport Weight yarn 80/20 Rule. This yarn is made entirely out of recycled silk saris. As you can see it's gorgeous. So everything you see right here is exactly what you're going to need to add this decorative edging to your shorts. So let's dive in! We want to get rid of this hemmed area right here and cut it off right above the seam here okay. And you just kind of want to make sure you're doing it sort of evenly. And as you get to the inseam, make sure that you're leaving enough for the shorts to still be wearable, okay. So what we're gonna do is take our darning needle, go about roughly a centimeter from the edge of your jeans right here, and you're just gonna press and pass the darning needle all the way through. Take our hook, insert it from the outside in, grab our yarn and we are going to just pull up a loop. So you're gonna pull your stitches up to the edge of the pant leg right here. So we pulled up our loop, we're just gonna fasten it by pulling it through. And we are going to do three chains. So what we're doing now is making the base for the rest of the pants. So all I'm doing right now is just a simple chain stitch. We're going to take our needle, pass it through about a centimeter from our first stitch. The hook fell out but that's okay. Pop it in okay, and then we're just going to insert the hook like that pull up another loop and pull through both loops on the hook. So you can see then our chain three becomes the base that we're going to use to work the second round of the jeans. We've joined and slipped here so we're going to yarn over, go skip this first stitch, go into the next, do a double crochet and then we're gonna go back to that first one we skipped. We're reaching behind and going in and doing another double- and that gives you this nice little cross here. Now normally, you would skip and go into the next stitch, but that's not what we're gonna do. We are going to continue around always working the second stitch and the one we worked previously so that gives us a little bit more strength to the second round here. To start, what I'm calling the crochet tassel stitch, what you're going to do is you're going to insert your hook into the space and pull up a loop. And you're just going to have a slip stitch. Now on this first one, we're gonna have two because we were joining from the previous round. But for the remaining ones, you're only going to have one loop that you have to pull through and you're gonna pull up the thread so that it's about an inch I'd say. You're gonna keep that long and you're gonna keep your hook on it you're gonna reinsert your hook and you're gonna pull up another loop that's about an inch long. Once you've got the two loops, you're going to take your working yarn here and you're just gonna wrap it around so that it kind of cinches it right there we're going to do that each time we pull up another loop just to make sure that when we cut it- our tassel doesn't come apart- so you can do this as many times as you'd like for a thicker or thinner tassel. I have done it so that I end up having six tassel loops on my hook when I finish. So I need to do one, so I've got- let's see that was four so this is my fifth loop and here is- whoops here we go my sixth loop. So once you pull up your six loops and you've done that little wrap right there- oops I'm losing my- you're gonna wrap it around an additional four or five times. So we're, you know one and just kind of give it a little tug so that it stays down towards the bottom two, three, four a little high there and we'll do five. So that gives you the bottom of your tassel.See how that looks there? You're gonna take your hook out completely, kind of pinch it so that it doesn't all come unraveled. And then go to the next side of your X and we're just going to repeat the process. You're going to insert your hook you're gonna pull up a little loop and do a little chain there- a little slip stitch sort of chain. And you're just gonna extend that up so that it's about an inch long. You can see that when we wrapped it, it got a little bit shorter. And once we finish we'll clip them all, but just to give you an idea of how it's going to look, you want to make sure that obviously that it's fastened before you cut any of them so we're going to cut them at the end. But see how that makes a nice little tassel right there. Voila! All you have to do is just take your darning needle, weave in your ends and you're all set. I hope you enjoyed it and love your new upcycle tassel fringe shorts thanks for watching.
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