June 25, 2013

Simple Shorts -- Free Pattern + Tutorial

 



Hello all, how's your summer been?  We've been busy, busy having fun and traveling all around.  So far we've been to four states, one National Park, and have plans for more fun in our horizon.  

All this playing around doesn't lend itself to sitting around and sewing like I like to do.  But I did notice that my girl was in need of some more shorts.  Using a pair of her shorts that I liked, I drafted a pattern to sew some up. It's a quick sew, about 45 minutes-- especially when you're stopping often to take photos.

 I loved how they turned out.  They're simple, functional and fit her just right.
Please note, she is a petite 2 1/2 year old, for a bigger size please add a 1/4 inch on all sides.

Click HERE for your FREE Simple Shorts Pattern.

Click HERE for the FREE Simple Shorts Tutorial.


Above I did the pocket option.

Below, I skipped the pockets.


Happy Sewing.

If you sew these up, please let me know, I'd love to see them.

10 comments:

Anne Weaver said...

Shorts are awesome for summertime!! I've scheduled a post on Craft Gossip tomorrow morning that will link to your tutorial:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/free-pattern-simple-toddler-shorts-with-or-without-pockets/2013/06/26/

--Anne

Emily Thompson said...

very cute! I'm always looking for more kids shorts ideas... Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
Pinned!

HandJ Cobb said...

Love this! I needed a good shorts pattern for my son this summer!

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Carmen said...

I was just looking through my daughter's wardrobe last week and realized we are horribly low on shorts this year. Thanks for the tutorial!

Alisha Schultze said...

Cute shorts!! I would love to make these for my nephews!! TFS!!

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marilyn said...

Have you tried "sew through sport elastic"? It's available from "HomeSew"(which has it MUCH cheaper than JoAnn or Walmart). It has 4 lines unknitted along the length, you sew along the lines to attach the elastic directly to the waist of the shorts, no casing, no safety pin business. (I sew shorts in 15 minutes) I measure person's waist, cut elastic 7 inches smaller than person's real waist measurement.Overlap elastic edges one half inch & Sew elastic in circle.(I like to wrap the overlapped stitch area with a ribbon) When cutting out pants, fold down waistline edge, allow only one half inch above waist as there will NOT be a casing. Finish shorts as usual. Fold down one half inch of fabric at waistline edge, iron it so it stays down. Divide waistline edge into 4,mark with pins. Divide circle of elastic into 4s. Starting at center back,lay the elastic one eighth inch below folded edge, stitch along uppermost line in elastic, STRETCH elastic to match the four division points. Continue to attach elastic to shorts until all four rows are stitched. Writing it out, it looks complicated, but it just takes a bit of practice. The shorts look store bought. I have used this kind of elastic for more than 25 years, my six children wore handed down shorts that looked new.I use the same technique to put elastic in everyone's flannel jammies that I sew now.Give the "4 line"stuff a try, you'll like it!

@lliE from FreshlyCompleted said...

Great idea. I'll have to try this some time. This is the same way I've been sewing pants/shorts since I was about 14 years old.

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Tina Alfaro said...

I sew for charity (JustOneAfrica.org)and need a simple shorts pattern that can be used for both girls and boys. How can I modify this pattern to make it for bigger kids?

I would need to modify for a range of sizes.

Jeanna Sizemore said...

Thank You so much.I have been sewing for 43 yrs and usually have a pattern but I could not find one small enough for my grandson to have some new shorts.This is great!
Jeanna