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DIY: suede choker & ripped shorts

April 28, 2016

I wouldn’t call myself the craftiest gal, which is why I don’t Pinterest often because it’s all the things I probably can’t do. However, once I see things trending that are being sold for a lot & look like something that seems easy enough to create, I usually set out to take on the challenge…

image1[[This awesome top in case you’re wondering…is the “Street Talk Top” for $45 & available from RIO RITZ AUSTIN HERE.]]

Ripped Shorts – your favorite summer shorts don’t have to be hundreds of dollars. It seems like a lot of options for distressed denim on the market these days is outrageously priced. If you simply have about 30 minutes and a few tools, you can achieve the same look for less than $15.


  • old pair of favorite jeans or thrift store shorts
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • sandpaper

You probably understand what you’re about to get to do with all those toolsΒ  you’re probably right. In order to get the look above (my shorts) you will:

a) Cut lines through each legs of the shorts in different lengths about 1 inch apart.

b) Take tweezers and slowly and carefully pluck off the strings one by one from each cut line. this will keep the strings attached to the shorts & give the “hung strings” effect.

c) Take sandpaper & grind through the lines going over softly until you get the distressed look that best suits you.

Here it a great tutorial on YouTube that also helped me along the way. WATCH HERE


Suede Choker – This one was probably my favorite & the easiest thing I have made. Suede chokers are everywhere right now & I can’t believe these are selling online for around $20! I had to save every girl I knew from making the mistake of spending that anything more than $5 on one.


  • suede or velvet cord in any color
  • 2 silver beads or any color bead desired

a) You can pickup any suede or velvet cords at your local Hobby Lobby or Michaels, or if you’re a #shopsmall gal like myself, then you can sit at home & order some great colors & great quality strands for under $4 (with shipping) from stores on Etsy such as HERE or this vegan cord HERE.

b) I used a little more than a yard, just so I can wrap it 3 times if I wanted, but really the options are endless. I found 4 metal beads that I liked [2 for each end], & mine look just like these HERE, that I picked up at the craft store.

c) Put 2 of the beads on each end & tie a little knot & wa-lah! You’ve got yourself a $5, & if you’re a little fancier, maybe a $7 boho choker!

Thanks for joining in on my first attempted DIY. If you have any questions or comments drop me a line below & I’m happy to help!


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