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How to Sew Kids Shorts Without a Pattern

June 8, 2018

Learn How to Sew Kids Shorts Without a Pattern- perfect for beginners and a great way to make use of scrap fabric!

How to Sew Kids Shorts Without a Pattern

Kids shorts make a fast and easy sewing project. Best of all? You don’t even need a store-bought pattern! This can be done with any woven shorts that have an elastic (or drawstring) waist.

I had a remnant of this Narwhal cotton leftover and I knew it would be so cute for shorts! I used a quilting cotton, but chambray or seersucker would be great as well.

Happy sewing!

Supplies needed:

Non stretch elastic waist shorts to use as a pattern

Woven cotton fabric

3/4 inch Braided elastic

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How to Sew Kids Shorts Without a Pattern

How to sew kids shorts without a pattern

Turn the shorts inside out and stick one leg inside the other. Fold the fabric over widthwise and pin the shorts on top. Make sure the waistband is stretched, so the waist on the new shorts isn’t too tight.

How to Sew Kids Shorts Without a Pattern

Using a ruler, cut out the pattern piece leaving an 1/2 inch edge around the leg and back/front center. The waistband will be a separate piece so you don’t have to allow extra inches for this.

How to Sew Kids Shorts Without a Pattern

Sew the shorts together at the sides and the inside seam. Then, sew together the front and back seam.

How to Sew Kids Shorts Without a Pattern

Measure the waistband on your new shorts and cut a piece of fabric that is 1 3/4 inches wide. Wrap the elastic around the child’s waist and mark (hold it taut- not too tight). Cut the elastic to length and sew ends together.

How to Sew Kids Shorts Without a Pattern

Place the elastic inside the folded over waistband and sew to the shorts. Using an iron, press the bottom cuffs over 1/4 inch- 2 times and stitch down.

How to Sew Kids Shorts Without a Pattern How to Sew Kids Shorts Without a Pattern How to Sew Kids Shorts Without a Pattern

  • Reply
    color picker
    June 15, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Wow! It’s easier than I thought! Thank you so much! Gotta try it first with my old T-shirt 🙂

  • Reply
    nina
    July 2, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    kewl! gonna try this today for my biggest kid!! thanks so much. 🙂

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