Summer weather has started popping up here and there, which means it’s time to break out the summer clothes. As kids have a tendency to do, mine have gotten a foot taller since the last time we broke out the shorts. Time for new shorts.
My kiddo is sitting between a 5/6 so this pattern has wiggle room. It should fit within that full range. These are an easy pull on short. You can make them with or without a drawstring. If you are worried about them coming untied when you’re not around you can go with a full elastic waist.
You can sew these up in a big range of fabric. Make them in a soft fabric for pj shorts or denim for a better rough and tumble play day.
I paired them this day with our free Cecilia Tee (available in 12 month to 8 years). I made a quick update by dropping the sleeve band and making it a lettuce hem.
Are you ready to sew up your shorts?
What you Need:
Woven Fabric – I have used everything from quilting cotton to denim
Elastic – 1 inch
Unless otherwise noted all seams are 3/8″. The seam allowance is included in the pattern and does not need to be added.
1. Cut your pieces. You will need two backs and two fronts. Fold your fabric in half and cut through two layers at once, this will ensure you are cutting your pieces mirrored, since you will need both a right and left leg. See more on cutting pants here.
2. Right sides together sew the fronts together at the crotch curve. Right sides together sew the backs together at the crotch curve.
3. If you are choosing to to add drawstrings, add buttonholes where marked on your pattern pieces. There will be a buttonhole on both sides of the center front seam of your shorts. If you are not using a draw string skip this step.
4. Right sides together match your front and back together at the side seams. Sew both side seams.
5. Sew your inseam, right sides together.
6. Finish the the top edge of your waist. You can do this by serging, zig zag stitch, or with pinking shears. Turn your waist over 3″ toward the wrong side. Press.
7. Stitch 1/4″ up from finished edge. Leave a 2″ opening to insert your elastic. Measure up 1 1/4″ from your stitch line. Sew around your waistband, this stitching line can be closed. (note- I did not finish the top of my waistband on this pair, you can see my resulting raw edge at the bottom of the waistband. I highly recommend not skipping that step to avoid fraying)
8. Prep your elastic/drawstring. If you are not using a drawstring cut your elastic 2″ shorter than your child’s waist measurement. Pull the elastic through your entire waistband going in and back our of your 2″ opening. Then sew the end of your elastic together and close your two inch opening.
If you are using a drawstring cut a piece of elastic about half of your child’s waist measurement, and two sections of drawstring the same length. Sew a length of drawstring to each end of your elastic.
Pull your first drawstring through the 2″ opening feeding it through a buttonhole. Pull your second drawstring through your 2″ opening going the other direction and through the second button hole. Close your 2″ opening.
In both situations make sure you are not twisting your elastic inside of your waistband.
9. Finish the bottom edge of your legs. Then turn up an inch and hem! Alternatively turn your leg up 1/4″ and then 1″ and hem.
Rachel and Donna
p.s. make sure to pin it for later!
Join the sewing circle. Get the Newsletter.
Want to be part of the sewing, tutorials, and never miss the freebies and sales?