Using fun modern prints, combined with detailed top stitching, helps these unisex shorts, to keep your child cool, comfortable and stylish, whilst they run around enjoying the summer! They are pretty quick to sew up so you could even manage to squeeze in an entry for Shorts on the Line before the end of the month!
- 1 yard happy pals shroom knit fabric
- fat quarter happy spots mint knit fabric
- 1″ elastic (length is child’s waist -2″)
- Shorts pattern free pdf in sizes 2-5 years* (or purchase the full pattern ages 2-9 years with shorts AND trousers options)
*Pattern includes assembly diagram, supplies and measurements tables for different sizes as well as layers options to ‘turn off’ the sizes you don’t need.
- Pre-wash/shrink your fabrics.
- Print and assemble your pdf pattern
- Cut out required size from fabric
Unless stated otherwise, seam allowances are 1/2″ and seams should be sewn together using either an overlocker, or with a regular sewing machine using: overlock stitch, stretch stitch or narrow zig zag stitch. Topstitching should be done using a double needle if possible or a stretch stitch/narrow zigzag sitch.
Sew pocket facing RSF to shorts front.
Press pocket facing to wrong side of shorts front and top stitch using 2 parallel lines of stitching/double needle
Finish the curved edge of the side piece.
Line up the edges of the side piece with the pocket, and stitch in place.
Line up the assembled pocket with the pocket facing (RSF) and overlock the outside edge.
Baste the pocket in place along the waist and side seam and top stitch along the finished edge of the pocket. Repeat for other pocket.
Place back of shorts RSF and sew centre back seam. Press to one side.
Place front of shorts RSF and sew centre front seam. Sew around raw edges of fly facing, press to right or left and then top stitch in place.
Place shorts front and back RSF, with centre seams aligned sew inside leg seam and side seams.
Cut elastic to your child’s waist measurement (minus 2″) and stitch together by abutting the raw ends and using an elastic stitch to join.
Pin elastic to waist of shorts and then Sew in place.
Press Waistband to wrong side of shorts and top stitch in place.
Overlock raw edges of cuff, press 1/2″ to wrong side of fabric and top stitch in place.