Lace inserts are a popular denim DIY this summer. Usually done with white lace and light denim I wanted to mix it up and try it with black!

Sources: (Top Left – Right) 1. Clones ‘N’ Clowns 2. Refinery29 3. If you know the original link please let me know

What you Need:

  • Shorts/Jeans – I got mine from Value Village
  • Lace – Mine is the edging of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Pins

I had to replace the top button on my jeans which is surprisingly easy to do so if you find a pair you like but doesn’t have the top button it’s really easy to replace.


Just get a package of Jean buttons from a local fabric store and voila!

1. Cut jeans into shorts. To do this I just try them on and mark on one leg where I want to cut it and then use the same measurement for the other leg.

2. I didn’t really know how to approach this so the first thing I did was pre-cut the side of my shorts and then started playing with lace. I would recommend cutting up your lace or crochet’d ends into a shape you like and place it on the side of your jeans to see if you like the shape. I did this with two shapes before deciding on one. It’s a good idea to get extra fabric so you can experiment with placement.

3. When you’re at the point where you like the shape and placement of your lace/crochet then pin in place.

4. Backstitch into place! This is my favourite part, hand-sewing is so soothing! Here’s a good description of how to backstitch from Sarah Whittle.

5. Once you’re done, turn inside out and trim the excess fabric. You’re done!

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Categories: Blog, Do It Yourself, Shorts of the summer series

  1. Riffy says:

    Can you post pictures for the faded jeans of this as well? I love that one.

  2. Great ! Love them in black !
    Thanks for sharing my pair too :-)
    Feel free to share any DIY tips on my Facebook page ( – I’m holding a DIY and fashion tip competition this month !

  3. kaitlin says:

    @Riffy I only did a black version – you can see the faded in version 3 above or search Pinterest for some great inspiration! Thanks for your comment

    @ClonesNclowns Thanks so much! I love love LOVE your white version! The lace you used was amazing! Yaay DIYs! :)

  4. Great DIY ideas! Love the blue denim and white lace.

  5. Octavia says:

    You have some really great creative DIY ideas and inspiration on your blog!
    I think you would like my website
    You can create your own collages of your DIY’s or thoughts!
    See an example of Laurens here:
    Let me know what you think!

  6. Anna says:

    This is such a good way to reuse old/partially ruined tablecloths and curtains.

  7. Devon says:

    Awesome project. I love that you chose black lace. Now I’m thinking I”ll try black lace with really dark blue jeans. :)

  8. kat bar says:

    Love you blog. Do you mind if I give you a shout out on my vintag blog as well? It’s more about vintage decor and treasures. But next week it will be on vintage style.

    Thanks for the info…fun stuff.


  9. Isabel says:

    I’ve always wanted to try this but I can’t find the darn lace!

  10. nz clothing says:

    A perfect session of a perfect tutorial. The summer shorts with three laces, is just perfect for anyone who wear.

  11. Paola says:

    I’m in love with the third picture: the one on the bottom left!
    Great job with your black ones!! It looks amazing!


  12. This really makes me want to do something crafty, but first I must learn to sew!!

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