I though it might be nice if I put together a quick tutorial on how I attached the bias tape to the jeans in this post. I don't have much experience sewing, but I realize that there are others out there who may benefit from the few tricks I do know. If anything is unclear in my tutorial, please let me know. I don't have the heart of a teacher but I'll try my best. Alrighty then, here we go...
First, determine the length of your shorts, measure and then cut the jean leg accordingly. (save those legs for other projects like this one!)
Next, pick out your bias tape -- you can buy the pre-packaged tape at your local fabric store, make your own with the help of a bias tape maker and this tutorial (that's what I did) or you can purchase hand-made bias tape from many shops on Etsy.
Now, turn your jeans inside out and get ready to sew. (I should mention that I don't pin anything in this tutorial but, if it helps you, go ahead and pin when needed)
Open up your bias tape and, with the wrong side up, line the short side of the tape up with the cut edge of the pant leg starting at the inside seam. Now (and this is my most important tip) fold the edge of the bias tape over about 1/4 of an inch -- like in the picture below. You'll see why this is important in just a minute.
Stitching in the crease of the bias tape, sew all the way around the leg while keeping the tape edge flush with the cut jean edge. When you get back to your starting point, overlap your tape -- like in the picture below -- and don't forget to back stitch.
Trim off excess tape and then repeat on the next leg. Now, turn your jeans right side out.
Starting again with the inside seam, fold the bias tape up tucking your unfolded piece inside the folded piece -- like in the pictures below.
See how that little fold in the begining makes a huge difference! Don't laugh but it took me a long time to figure out that little trick.
Now sew along as close as you can to the folded edge of the bias tape. The tape should be covering your first stitch line.
When you get all the way around, backstitch and trim your thread. Now repeat on the other leg and your all done. Your jean shorts are ready to wear!
And don't worry too much if everything is not perfect. If you look closer you'll see that my stitch lines are all wonky and my hems are not straight. But those things aren't very noticable when being worn by 2 very active, running, jumping and playing girls. The real purpose is not perfection but getting more wear out of the clothes we already have. So don't sweat the imperfections...you did great!