Quick and Easy Shorts! *tutorial*

In DIY, Momma Must Have, Sewing on September 2, 2013 at 10:48 am

Finally a crafty post! Here’s an easy project to do while you enjoy your last day of summer!

I found this fabric in the remnants bin at Hobby Lobby at the beginning of the summer. When I got it home I realized how little of the fabric was there! I loved the small polka dots and so I set to work finding a pattern for this little amount of fabric.

FabricOne of my favorite go-tos for projects like this is the book One-Yard Wonders. In the book there is a pattern for sleep shorts and I knew that was going to be my project!

Shorts Patterning Information

The pattern is simple enough.  Measure your hips, measure the rise (from your waist, between your legs and then back up to your waist on the backside) and decided on long you want the shorts to be.  Plug your numbers into the equation and voila! A pattern that actually fits you! (After making this I felt that I needed a little more room in the butt so next time I am going to give myself four inches for the back instead of three inches.)


Now that you’ve got your measurements create your pattern. I used basic tissue paper for mine.

Pattern laid out on fabric

Lay the pattern out on your fabric. Be sure that you allow room for any patterns.

Fabric Cut


Sides Sewn


Back Cut and Sewn togetherPut right sides together and sew together your sides. I used a 1/4″ seam but feel free to use a more standard 5/8″ seam. I didn’t wash my fabric beforehand so I used a small seam to allow for some shrinkage in the wash.

Crotch Sewn

Now it’s time to sew the crotch together. (Don’t you wish there was a nicer way to say that?)

***Would’ve been nice if I’d taken a picture of the hem, eh?***

Now that the shorts have been sewn hem the bottoms. Feel free to make this has small or as large of a hem as you’d like.


Waistband OpeningFor the waistband fold the fabric as you’d wish and sew along the bottom of the fold. Leave an opening for your elastic in the back of the shorts. ( It’ll be a good reference point for the back of the shorts when you want to wear them)

Elastic With Saftey Pin

The best way I’ve found to thread elastic is to attach a safety pin and the end of the elastic. This gives you something to grab on to as you work.

Elastic Sewn

Pull the elastic threw and sew together. Take care not to turn the elastic in ANY way so that it lays flat in the waistband.

Waistband Sewn Closed

Sew your opening closed.

Shorts On Front

Tada! Shorts!

Shorts on Side

Like I said before, I felt like I needed a little more room in the butt because I feel like they dip in the back. It’s not as noticeable as I thought but it feels very noticeable. Especially when I squat down.

Shorts on With Charlotte

Charlotte felt she needed to be in the picture to 🙂

Overall I love the shorts and I love that I was able to use this fabric! They were so simple to make and they look nice enough that I can wear them out to the store and yet they are super comfy as well.

I hope you all are able to make some shorts from your own patterns!

Happy Crafting!






  1. I LOVE that book, but I haven’t tried the shorts yet! They’re super-cute!!! 🙂

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