Denim Tutorial: Polka Dot Denim Shorts

Denim shorts are the easiest way to update your closet on the fly, and for virtually no additional cost or that much additional time. Especially if you have a tired old pair of jeans you just can’t wear anymore, but aren’t ready to get rid of. This Polka Dot denim shorts tutorial is really fun and easy. All you need is a new pencil, a ruler, a tube of fabric paint, and and hour of your time.

Supplies: Wooden pencil with eraser (safe to have a couple on hand), a ruler, denim shorts, white fabric paint (I chose white but you can go with any color, it would be really cute to do a grey or even metallic), a paper plate or container to hold the paint.

Estimated time: 1 hour

1. Pour a generous sized amount of paint into your container. Dab Pencil eraser in paint, but make sure to shake off any excess paint to prevent dripping.

2. Use the ruler to align polka dots in straight line. Dab eraser on fabric. Repeat until line is complete. Make sure to dab eraser a separate time for each dot. You may be able to get a couple dots per dab but paint tends to thin out after first use. Do the same on the next line making sure to place dots in alternate pattern. Try to space lines evenly. Depending on your preference, but I like to give an inch of space between dots and lines. Repeat until all fabric is covered.

3. Allow 30 minutes for paint on 1st side to dry. Repeat Steip 1 and 2 on second side of jeans.



  1. Mai
    June 6, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    What a great easy way to refresh your cut-offs and add more oomph!

  2. June 6, 2013 / 7:17 pm

    Where have u been all my life, EatSleepDenim? Luv ur site. 🙂

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