I have been sewing the boys play shorts for many years. I first got the idea from one of my favorite books, The Handmade Home by Amanda Soule (also my favorite blog soulemama.com) She gives directions on how to make shorts/pants from a man’s shirt. I usually use Jarrett’s old polo shirts since they have great stripes and are a thick material.
hehe, one of my favorite photos-3 little pants for my 3 little boys
Trek looking so cute at 4 months old:) I bought this fabric, but I used the instructions from the book to make them.
Preston, Peyton, and Conner-matching cousin Easter outfits I made. Save a little fabric to make a little matching t-shirt!
Shorts I made the boys for Thanksgiving. These are the pictures I show Jarrett to convince him we need 10 more kids.
When going through some things I had left at my Granny’s house, I came across an old sundress of mine. Sundresses would be perfect to make little girl shorts since most sundresses are girly prints, but this dress just happened to look exactly like a pair of little boys shorts. Which I think is one of the reasons I never really wore it.
It is ridiculous how easy it is to make shorts from a dress or a shirt. It is like you went shopping and got your child new clothes all without leaving the house, in 30 minutes and without spending a dollar-super cool.
(I am a visual learner, so I will use more pictures, less words since that will confuse me and probably you if I try to explain it too much!)
1. Cut the top of the dress off and lay flat. (if you are using a man’s shirt you don’t need to do this)
2. Lay a pair of shorts of the size you want on top of the dress, folded in half, just like the picture.
3. Cut around the shape of the shorts leaving about 1-2 inches for seam allowance and about 4 inches at the top to allow for elastic in the waist.
4. Taking the piece you just cut, flip it over and lay it on top of the other side of the fabric and cut the exact some size.
5. You will now have two cut-outs. Open them up and lay them front sides facing each other.
6. Pin along the top half of the sides (not the leg part or the top waist part)
7. Sew the part you just pinned, making sure to back stitch and use a little stitch, this is the seat of the pants and where the boys usually get holes in the seams since they do karate moves.
9. Now turn the pants flat, (they are still wrong side out)
(the waist and pant leg part are still open and need to be sewn)
10. Pin the inseam (along the inside of the legs)
11. Sew. I always add a little extra in the crouch area for the karate moves.
12. The pants are still inside out (you are almost done!) and you have sewn the inseam and the butt area.
13. Now for the waist. Measure you child’s waist and cut elastic 1 inch less than their measurement.
14. Fold about 1/4 inch down to make a smooth edge.
15. Then iron flat.
16. Then fold down about 1 1/2 inch (a little bigger than the elastic size you have), and iron again.
17. Then sew around the base of the fold, leaving room for the width of the elastic and 3 inch space in the back so you can later insert the elastic.
(I have sewn around the entire pant waist and this is the little space I left in the back to insert the elastic.)
18. Safety pin the end of the elastic so you can insert it in the shorts.
19. Insert and work around feeling the safety pin as you go.
20. Pull out both ends of the elastic.
21. There are many ways to add elastic to pants, this is the way I do it, it’s simple, but not really the cleanest, but it stays and works for play shorts.
Sew the two ends together.
21. Pull pant’s waist tight so the elastic dissappears into the waist. And then sew. Sew up and down to secure the elastic to the material in the back, and then sew along the bottom of your space to close it up.
22. Flip the shorts right side out.
23. You are finished! Now you just need a cutie wootie to model them:)