Justice Knock Off Denim Flag Shorts

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Denim Flag Short justice Made in a DayIt’s almost the fourth of July! Time to get the red, white and blue out! My daughter loves to dress up for the neighborhood celebration. She found these cute flag shorts in her Justice catalog and asked me if I could make them. Well of course I am up for the challenge!

  Boy, these were no easy task. When I saw them I was thinking I could whip these up really quick and be done! But nooo…. they were just one of those crafts that take a little trial & error to get right. So here’s the short version of  how I did it~

Justice Vesion
Justice Version

DIY Flag Shorts

Supplies:

Click, download & then print the Star Guide PDF

Free Printable Star Guides

Instructions:

Denium shortsPin your shorts flat to the foam board to keep it stable while working on them.

Separate cloth with poster boardCut two strips of poster board to fit inside each leg of shorts, so the paint will not bleed through to the other side of the shorts.

painting denimTake another strip of poster board (seen in yellow) , spray with spray glue and press diagonally onto one leg of the shorts. Make sure they are snug to the fabric.

Now lets discuss paint~ Well I first thought I would use spray paint to get the airbrushed look that the Justice version has. That went on too tacky and very light in color.

So next, I bought those new spray can fabric paints you see in all the stores lately. Did not love it~ if you read the package it does not spray in a fine mist but sputters out and makes a mess. Not sure why it is even advertised as a spray. You would be better off getting the tube fabric paint instead.

I did not have any fabric paint on hand so~ I used plain old acrylic paint and it worked out great! Better than great actually!

So back to the tutorial, after trying a few methods of paint. I used white acrylic paint with a sponge applicator and dabbed it on to make the white crisp. Let it dry for 15 minutes.

Painting stripes on shortsFor the stripes take a strip of the contact paper, (I left the backing on for strength), spray glue the strips to one side of the shorts. (I used contact paper because the poster board gets mushy and sticks to the fabric if you apply it over damp paint, believe me I know).  Make sure they are snug to the fabric. Paint the red paint on with a sponge.

Remove the contact paper and touch up the stripes. Let the paint dry for 15-20 min. I then took white paint on a damp kitchen sponge and rubbed the red & white stripes to blur them.

make a star stencil with duck tape

Print out a star from the PDF in the supply list to use as a guide. Cut a star out on duct tape sticky paper with an x-atco knife (I made 3 and reused them). Stick the duct tape stencil on the shorts, dab with sponge applicator using white paint. I also put two stars on the back pockets. When done painting let dry for one day. Since I used acrylic paint it will dry a little stiff.

Guess what? I washed them and the paint stayed on. They are still somewhat stiff after washing. But my daughter doesn’t mind, and that’s it! What a fun project and they are too cute for the 4th of July!

Denim Flag Shorts DIY Made in a Day

Flag shorts paint stars on fabric

diy flag shorts painted denim

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27 thoughts on “Justice Knock Off Denim Flag Shorts

  1. So cute… our little girls will love these!!! Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” Hopefully we’ll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week’s party! 🙂 -The Sisters

  2. You are so clever! That is a great project and the end result is fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing this post at my Say G’day linky party! I’ve just given this post a +1 on Google+.

    This week’s linky is now live and I am very excited to invite you to a Social media linky party that I will be hosting on July 14. The details are all at the blog if you would like to join in.

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

  3. Woot Woot, I am dedicating tomorrows Thursday feature post to all things Americana, and well do I even have to say it, you are a big fat star with a triple feature at Bacon Time.

  4. SOOOOO COOL!!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to seeing you at the party this evening!

  5. Oh my word those are so awesome!!!!! I wanna make these for myself!!!!!! Okay, gotta pin them. I’m a little nervous though…. looks a little advanced for me! 🙂 Can I just send you my shorts and you can do them for me? haha

  6. Wow, yours are so much cuter! My daughter is 19 and she would love these~ I’ll have to show her. Thanks for showing us “how to”. I love it!
    Liz

  7. So cute! Never thought to paint on clothes. It turned out fabulously! I wonder if I’m too old to wear shorts like that 🙂
    Great idea! Thanks!
    Sheila

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