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Add sparkle to your summer shorts

Last year’s trend for distressed denim shorts and hotpants is enhanced this year with a little sparkle. Sanded to reveal patches of wear, this season’s trend adds flat-backed jewels to bring you glittering glamour. All you need is your Dremel multi-tool and Versatip soldering iron, and you’ll be stepping out in sexy beach style this Summer. Simply follow our step-by-step guide below and don’t blame us for all the attention you’ll get!

Step One

Fit your Dremel 300 multi-tool with the sanding band & mandrel. Slide the piece of scrap wood into the pocket to support the area you wish to work on and protect the layers of fabric beneath. Use it to create a worn effect on the edges of pockets and on some of the seams, re-positioning the scrap of wood as necessary.

Step Two

Slide the scrap of wood down the inside of the shorts, positioning it behind each area you are going to work on. Take your multi-tool and sanding band, then distress patches of the fabric in rough patches to create the on-trend worn areas of the moment. You can also use a different grit to get smoother effects. Sand down to reveal the threads of the cloth and continue until the desired effect is achieved.

Step Three

Fit the hot blower head into the Versatip and set it to a low heat. Using the picture as a guide, arrange the large gems to suit the feature of your shorts e.g. around the seams of the pockets and hold over each gem until the glue melts and the gem fuses to the fabric.

Step Four

When using very small gems along the side seams or the tiny pocket, it is possible that the hot blower head may scorch the fabric. To avoid this, fit the soldering tip into the Versatip, touching it to the gem to fuse it to the fabric.

Materials required:

Dremel 300 multi-tool and Sanding Band & Mandrel 13mm grit 60 (407)
Dremel Versatip cordless soldering iron with soldering tip 201
Denim shorts
Hot fix gems, 5mm and 3mm
Flat piece of scrap wood

Difficulty rating :
One star – easy

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14 July 2011

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