DIY Boho Patchwork Shorts!

By Dana Fox

I spent the past two days getting this little project together and am happy with how it turned out! I wanted to create some custom boho style shorts like the ones you see at Free People… but obviously I didn’t want to spend any hard earned cash on something I knew I could pull off. Get ready for a long, photo-filled DIY project, friends!



For my shorts, I used a pair of old unauthentic Rock & Republic jeans (ew). If you know me at all, I’m a huge designer denim fanatic and am 100% against fakes (do you like funding terrorism? I sure don’t…). I purchased these in my uneducated days from Ebay and never ended up wearing them after I realized the seller sent me a faux pair. So, what a better way to make use of some unused denim than to tear these babies up and create something totally new?!  I also used a bunch of vintage fabrics I had sitting around…










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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
About me

I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • wkaysamantha

    That is awesome! Now, if only I knew how to sew…

  • Crissy

    I love the the mixed fabric on the back pockets! Very cute.

  • Benlovesting

    Way too cute! I wish I was good enough to do that. Oh and I just followed you on instagram, mine is summertoast! Hehe

  • Libby’s Life

    Those are soooo cute! If I knew how to sew I would so be on this with a pair of my maternity shorts but I am not a sewer at all! :( But yours are absolutely adorable!! LOVE THEM!

    • dana @ wonder forest

      hrmmm I might just need to do a beginner's sewing tutorial perhaps?

    • Thrifty Miss Smith

      If you did I would definitely read and appreciate it! I just borrowed my grandmother's sewing machine and I've never used one in my life. I could use a good tutorial 😉

  • Kyla

    These shorts are so cute! I've had an old pair of jeans for ages that I've been waiting to cut up but haven't found the right project yet. The patchwork idea is great!

  • Jazzille

    Oooh! What a lovely blog! :)
    So cozy, feels like home…

    Hope you will have a nice day!

  • michelle @ sewing rocks

    omg, those are SO cute! And looks fun too! I think I will have to wear mine with a fun colored pair of tights though, I am short-shorts insecure 😉
    xo Michelle

  • kelly christine

    i love that blanket stitch you added to the pockets. so cute!


  • Louisa

    They are so cute!!!

  • The Braided Bandit

    These turned out SO GOOD! I have to say, I like your version even BETTER than the free people ones I have been seeing! Definitely going to have to try this out as soon as I get a tiny bit of that precious stuff called "free time"!
    Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    xo Hannah

  • L.

    OMG!!! I want a pair too!!!!

    kisses from Italy

  • Presley♥

    Toats adorable!!

  • Samantha

    Would LOVE to do this…but I have no idea how to sew. Would love to learn.

  • Erin

    So so cute and creative. Must learn to sew.

  • dana @ wonder forest

    so many non-sewers! i should have taken this into consideration, argh! haha… next time 😉

  • Jolie Baby

    I totally have a sewing machine…but I just stare at it :p

  • brooke field

    Turned out so great!!

  • Carolin

    this is too cute and creative, too bad I can't sew for my life :(

  • Leigh

    I know what I am making for myself when Summer comes around here in Oz again! :)

  • Pamplemousse1983

    Dana! I love this so much! They're not assless but they're still pretty cute. I'm going to dig through my closet tomorrow 😉

    • dana @ wonder forest

      hahaha, sorry. i know you were super excited for assless shorts. maybe next time 😉

  • Dearest Lou

    Oh my goodness Dana! I absolutely love what you did with these shorts! I'm going to have to try it once I have some free time!


  • Natasha Ting

    this post alone is enough for me to hit the follow button. Loving DIY stuff though I don't really have talents on this. A nice warm blog! :)

  • Heather

    Love this – so cute! A perfect summer staple :)


  • Lischen

    This is so cool!!! :)


  • Rosalinda Tjioe

    Love the shorts! Amazing job =) X

  • PhoenixRising

    Those are adorable. I could never pull them off but they would look adorable on my 6 year old :)

  • Megan

    So cute! Love how they turned out. I especially love what you did with the back pockets. Will definitely have to try this out :) Cute blog too btw!

  • Dana

    These are so cute! Thanks for the idea, I can't wait to try this!

    Great blog: love all your photos and inspirational ideas.

    Big City Farm Girl

  • Suzie Q

    This is such a lovely DIY! The patchwork looks great. I just discovered your blog, it's so cute!

    Suzie Q

  • Gita

    Hey Dana, this DIY is awesome. I like how you pictured it step by step. Also the shots of each step are great.
    I would wear those short in a moment! :)
    Thanks for your lovely comment, it means a lot :).


  • Bonnie

    I love patchwork shorts, but I have never thought about making some myself. Great idea!
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Sammie

    nicely done :) looks good :)


  • Niamh.makes.things.

    These are so cute, so much more interesting than regular denim shorts. I love how you have personalised them!

    xox Niamh xox

  • The Bluths

    you are amazing. these shorts are amazing. how cute!!!

  • Valerie Angel
  • Pauline

    I enjoy reading your blog! :)
    And I've got to try this one. It's fun and easy.

  • Kate (Thảo thái)

    This is brilliant! Thank you your so creative :)