The best time to wear comfy and cute summer shorts is finally here! Beat the summer heat by making these cool sewing projects.
17 Hot Summer Shorts and Pants Ideas to Beat the Heat
There are two things you want to consider in choosing summer fashion garments: comfort and style. With the sun out in all its glorious beauty, cool clothes in fun and bold colors are all the rage. We’ve rounded up the coolest pants and summer shorts ideas just for you! Find out the coolest shorts and pants patterns you can make in your sewing room this summer.
1. Denim Shorts
Keep it simple with a pair of denim shorts. Any summer outfit isn’t complete without this pair in the lineup. Learn how to turn your old jeans into a pair of shorts by following this easy tutorial.
2. Dip Dye Shorts
Nothing says summer like dip dye shorts! The celebration of color playing on any regular pair of shorts is just the very definition of summer. Learn how to make one by following this tutorial from Hot DIY Tutorial.
Turn your old favorite skirt into a pair of shorts this summer! Not only do you get to save some cash, but you also get to flex your sewing muscles doing this fun and challenging sewing project. Find the tutorial here.
4. Fabric Embellished Shorts
5. Scarf Shorts
Do you have extra scarves lying around? This sewing project is the perfect way to use them! Choose a scarf that is pretty thin and light, just perfect for the slightly humid warmth brought by the summer. Follow the step-by-step guide from Anna Evers.
6. Silk Shorts
7. Ruffled Hem Shorts
Ruffles are one of the things that never go out of style! Play up any top with this perfect pair of shorts. Learn how to do this by following the steps by The Cottage Mama.
8. Shorts With Tassels
You can’t get any more fun and summery than shorts with tassels! Take any pair of shorts you have to the next level by adding a few brightly colored tassels on its hem! Learn how to do this by checking out this article by Dawanda.
9. Sequin-Embellished Shorts
Make any old pair of shorts look shiny and new with an entire layer of sequins! When it comes to embellishments, you can always opt to go big! Find out how to do this sewing project with this tutorial from A Pair and A Spare.
10. Shorts With Pearl Embellishments
If you don’t feel like making anything from scratch, you can always spruce up any old pair of shorts with some pearl embellishments! Find out how by checking out this article from The Hers and His Blog.
11. Scalloped-Hem Shorts
Our catalogue of summer must-try’s isn’t complete without scalloped-hem shorts! This crowd favorite is actually really and fun to make. Find a step-by-step guide here on Craftsy.
12. Oversized Pants
Whoever said the 70s are done? Clearly, they haven’t seen the beauty and benefits of oversized pants. This classic piece of garment is not only a beauty, but also really comfy to wear! Create your own oversized pants by reading this tutorial from Cotton and Curls.
13. Linen Pants
Linen is one of the coolest fabrics to wear in warm seasons. When worn as cropped pants, they are one of the comfiest things to wear. Learn more about linen pants by checking out this article from Lauren Winter.
14. Cropped Pants
One fashion garment staple for the summer are cropped pants. They are comfy to wear and looks good on a lot of body types. Recreate this crowd favorite by following this tutorial from Fiskars.
15. Fringed Hem Pants
Fringed and frayed anything is here to stay. Instead of sinking hundreds of dollars on a trendy pair of pants, why not do it your own? Thriftanista in the City gives an easy guide on how to fringe your pants, just in time to rock it for the summer!
16. Pleated Silk Pants
Get your hands on silk charmeuse and never regret anything. This pair of pants will give anyone who wears it an extra oomph in their step. And just imagine the feel of that fabric against your skin! Ooh la la! Check out the instructions on how to make this fancy pants by Ada Spragg.
17. Casual Summer Pants
If you feel like lounging around in a pair of comfy pants, this pair of casual summer pants is the perfect fit for you. This sewing idea from Sew DIY features a light and loose fabric that allows for easy breathing.
Find a great summer shorts idea by watching this video from The Fashion Citizen:
Summer is indeed the best time to go a little more creative than usual in your sewing projects. The bold colors and the fun embellishments definitely make every project more exciting. So bring out your sewing materials and make the coolest summer garment to beat the heat!
Want to learn more sewing projects you can do this summer? Check out the 7 Easy DIY Summer Tote Bags Every Fashionista Will Love! Do you know of other summer shorts and pants patterns? Let us know in the comments below!
Editor’s Note – This article was originally posted on May 28, 2016, and has since been updated for quality and relevancy.