DIY Peek-A-Boo Pocket Shorts

28 March 2013

When I saw these amazing Bad Habit cut-out shorts with skull studs, I fell in love. But I knew I wasn't going to pay $35 + shipping for them when I could easily make them at home. Overall the project cost me nothing as I already had a pair of fabric scissors and I already had a pair of shorts which I received in a clothes swap.

Convert old denim jeans or shorts into super trendy peek-a-boo pocket shorts in just 10 minutes. All you need is a pair of old shorts (or snip off the legs off some old jeans) and a pair of sharp fabric scissors or denim scissors. Sew-free, glue-free, ease-y...

Step 1: Turn your shorts inside out.

Step 2: Decide which pocket is the least practical. I chose the pocket-ception pocket (the one with the pocket inside a pocket which by the way was created for men to hold condoms!)

Step 3: Snip at points #1 and #2 cutting both layers of the pocket. Separate the layers, slide your scissors into the opening, then cut the top layer along the lines avoiding the studs. Make sure you stay a couple millimetres away from the seam so you don't accidentally cut the seam.

Step 4: Fold the pocket over and cut the bottom layer along the line.

Step 5: Turn your shorts back the right way.

And you're finished!

These shorts were vintage Levi jeans that were cut into shorts. They're ideal for this project as they're light-wash which is fantastic for enhancing a tan and high-wasted which makes the ensemble look more tasteful. These shorts are a must-have for this summer and ideal for sunny holidays abroad. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Be on the look out for more DIY posts as I am now officially an Oxfam Fashion Blogger, specialising in fashion DIY!


  1. :O I love this DIY! LOVE!!!!! Definitely trying this for Summer and praying it doesn't just happen to line up with my underwear when I wear them!! x

    Jade | JadeFungBlog

    1. It depends on what underwear you wear. High-waisted, I'd go with hipsters so the knicker-line lies just beneath the pocket or if you're DIY-ing normal shorts, I'd go with normal knickers!

  2. These are such an awesome idea!! Would be perfect for the summer - maybe even add some studs down the side of the pocket, love it! x

  3. This is so cool! I haven't seen such shorts before, but I love it!! I will definitely try it with some old ones!

  4. Great tutorial! I'd never seen these kind of shorts before either but they look so cool, I'll have to try this!

    Thanks for sharing :-D

    Emily x

  5. Such a good idea.. I have a pair of high waist Levi shorts that I could definitaley use for this! x

  6. Such a good idea.. I have a pair of high waist Levi shorts I could definitaly use for this! Thanks x

  7. Absolutely love this look! It is definitely unlike any denim DIY I have ever seen before. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Great tutorial! Such a good idea Thanks For Sharing
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