Lightweight and perfect for summertime, these shorts are a cinch to make and cute to boot. I used the same pattern for Sadie’s PJ shorts, so they’re versatile as well. score!
fabric (the amount depends on your child’s size) about 1/2 yard worked for these
elastic ( I used 3/4 inch no-roll elastic)
thread, sewing stuff
pair of shorts that fit your child well (loose fitting are better for the PJ’s, more comfy!)
First, lay out your shorts like so and make your pattern, I left a little room around the edge for seam allowance (1/4 inch to 1/2 inch works). On the waistband area, make sure to cut your pattern a little wider on the top than the shorts are, so the elastic has something to keep up.
Cut out two pieces of the short pattern, on the fold. If you want to make cuffs, cut two pieces of fabric on the fold, as wide as the leg opening (doubled, because it will be folded) and as wide as you’d like the cuffs to be, plus about 1/4 for seam allowance. Mine were 3 inches, 1 1/2 inches folded.
If you don’t want cuffs, aka PJ or normal shorts, skip the next part! Hem the bottoms normally.
Iron them out flat…
Now, you can either tack down the cuff (in the middle of your short piece) with your machine, or by hand so it’s invisible. I was going to put a button there later but didn’t like what I had so didn’t end up doing that. Either way, you’ll want to attach the cuffs to the sides of your shorts so they don’t come un-cuffed while being worn!
Now, finish up the waistband by folding the top over 1/4 inch and then another inch, leaving enough space for the width of your elastic. Stick in a little piece of ribbon for a “tag” if you like…not really necessary since there’s no front or back to these shorts, but it helps Daddy dress Sadie.
Sew along the bottom of your folded over portion, leaving about 1 1/2 inch space for threading your elastic through. Then cut your elastic (hold it up to your child for the best measurement), thread it through with a safety pin, sew those ends together with a zig zag stitch, and sew your gap closed!
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