Shabby and Chic Zebra Pants

January 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Crafts/Hobbies


I have a great new product that I have been playing with this week.  It is this great shabby and chic grass trim that I got from My Sunshine Shoppe.  For this tutorial I decided to try something new.  I wanted to make a pair of petite chiffon trimmed pants.  I am in no means a sewer, however I wish now that I was.  I found a great little pair of zebra pants at Hobby Lobby and decided that I was going to add my trim to it.



What you will need for this project is….

Pants of your choice, color and size.

Grass trim to match

Felt to match your grass trim

Fabric glue



Hot glue gun










Now for my own pants I decided to add a strand of beaded trim that I also found at Hobby Lobby..It’s a little hard to see in the finished product but it looks great with the grass trim.


Now lets get started, the first thing I decided to do was fold up the hem of my pants.  I want them to be a little shorter then they are originally made so that the beads that I added would hang right at the ankle.  So what i did was turn them inside out.  Then I folded the bottom up about 1 inch and glued it down with my fabric glue.  Now for all you sewers out there you could just sew it in place.  Both ways work well, it’s really up to you whether you want to glue it in place or sew it.

Then I measured how much grass trim that I needed for one pant leg.  My pants measured 10 1/2 inches around.  Depending on where you get your pants and how they are made or what size you got your measurements may not be the same.  After cutting my grass trim to size I turned it over and cut away the extra tulle that the trim is sewed on to.








Then I cut a strip of white felt 2 1/2 inches wide and about 11 inches long.  I hot glued the felt on the the back of the grass trim leaving the 1/2 inch of felt hanging off one end.  You will see why I did this in a bit.  Now once I have both pieces of trim cut and backed with felt I added my beaded trim.  I cut it to 10 1/2 inches and hot glued it to the edge of the grass trim so that it hung from the bottom edge, as shown in the image below.









When you flip it over it will look like this.








Now we are going to apply the trim to the pants.  What I decided to do, since this was my first time to try this, I started on the inside seam of the pants.  Now make sure that you have turned your pants right side out. :)  I take the end of the trim that has the extra felt hanging over.  Then line up the edge of the TRIM not the felt with the seam of the pants.  Then I did a small line of hot glue along the seam just to adhere the trim in place.  Your pants should look something like this.








Now that I have it glued in place I glued about 2 inches at a time.  I applied fabric glue to the felt and a small amount of hot glue and pressed it against the pants, giving it a few moments to dry in place before I moved on to the next piece.  Keep making your way around the pant leg until you have about 1 1/2 inches left.  At this point I made sure to glue down the over hang of felt to the pants, then I lined up the rest of the trim to make sure that is it not too long or hopefully too short.

Once I know that I have enough to cover what is left I apply the fabric glue and hot glue to the last piece and glue it in place.  Once that is done I just go back over the trim to make sure that the seam is all glued down, and there are no pieces that are unattached to the pants or coming up any where.









Now all that is left to do is finish off the second pant leg and then you have your very own home made Shabby and Chic Pants.

Stay tuned for a great little shirt to match these petite chiffon pants!!