Who Wears Short Shorts?: Kids Shorts Tutorial

Am I the only one who remembers that Nair commercial from the 80s and 90s?  

I have a hard time finding shorts for MM.  Not that many companies make them and if they do, they’re either sweatshirt-like material or booty shorts.  Plus, the homemade ones cost me all of like $2 and I can applique shirts to go with them for another $3.  A cute outfit for $5?  Sign me up!

I did use two pattern pieces for MM’s shorts whose instructions had vanished long ago.  It was a super (and I mean SUPER) cheap pattern from New Look #6880 that I bought at Walmart ages ago.  Even if you don’t have a pattern you can make your own using your child’s existing shorts/pants that fit her super easy.  You can find out more about it here.

Cut out your two pieces.  {This is an Amy Butler fabric.}


Now, here is the most important thing (especially if you’re making smaller clothes because the bottom looks like the top and the top looks like the bottom): LABEL!  I use a dissoluble (water-soluble) fabric marker.  W = waistband, by the way.


See the curve on each side of the pattern?  I call it “The L”.  Sew that.  Make sure to backstitch and use a zigzag stitch or serge your edges.


Then, the “hard part”.  I only say it’s hard because the first time I sewed this pattern it took me thirty minutes just sitting there going, ‘Huh?!’.  Look carefully at my picture (it’s really not hard at all) and put the seams you just sewed  on the top and bottom…see how this blob all of a sudden looks like a pair of shorts?


 Sew the “V”–the crotch/inseam.


Now it’s time to sew the waistband.  Turn it down 1/4″ and iron.


Turn it down another 1/2″ (sometimes I make it more like an 1″…haha) and iron.


Sew a 5/8″ seam allowance.   Leave a 1″ opening so you can pull the elastic through.


Cut your elastic–MM’s tiny waist needs about a 14″ piece of elastic.  Put a safety pin through the end.


Pull the elastic through the waist.


Sew the ends of the elastic over and over and over…you don’t want it to pop!


Turn the leg hem under 1/4″ and sew.  And then, taa-daa!, it’s finished.  Unfortunately, Miss MM was asleep when I finished these and so there are no pictures of her modeling her new shorts.  But here’s a cute shot of her on Sunday with another pair I made her.


10 Responses to Who Wears Short Shorts?: Kids Shorts Tutorial

  1. Jenna April 28, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    haha… no! I remember that commercial too! Nair wears short shorts! Love the shorts on my precious niece!

  2. Andrea April 29, 2010 at 5:48 am #

    Love the fabric. This reminds me, my children need summer shorts!! Great tutorial!

    If you are interested, I have a weekly blog party especially for people to share things they’ve made to be worn. Stop by if you’d like!

  3. Kim @ seven thirty three April 29, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    Love this! Great tutorial.

    Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

  4. tammy@shewearsflowers April 30, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Pretty–I love the fabrics!

  5. carolyn May 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    So cute! I love your fabric too!

    Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

  6. Jen May 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    These are such cute shorts. Love that fabric.

  7. FutureMama May 3, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    How stinkin CUTE!!! Wow, I wish I could make that but it seems a little out of my skill range!! Thanks for linking up!

  8. YUMMama May 4, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    So adorable. I so can’t wait for my new sewing machine to get here. I’m going to try making a pair for Moo.


  9. Jess May 9, 2010 at 12:13 am #

    These are so great! You do wonderful tutorials!!


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