Thanks for visiting On the Cutting Floor today! FREE SEWING PATTERN: The easy shorts
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These are the easy shorts. I truly believe that you can make it in less than an hour…let me know 🙂
This printable PDF pattern is assembled with 0.005 inch border (0.01 cm) for the pages, so it must be overlapped in order to get the correct size.
They are on letter size paper.
To print this pattern, go the PDF document. Select FILE — PRINT. Here look for PAGE SIZING AND HANDLING and choose POSTER. This will make the pages to overlap by 0.005 inch. Press PRINT.
Wait until all the pages are printed before taking them from the printer; it will make it easier to assemble.
When finished printing, place the pages as the layout below. Then use tape to put them together. Now cut the pieces.
This will be the layout of the pattern:
Sometimes, there are problems with the printing process and the patterns come in the wrong size (a little bit smaller).
To avoid this, check the 1 inch square at the top left of the first page. It will help you to see if the patterns are the correct size.
The PDF pattern comes in sizes 1 to 8 years; it is color-coded and easy to cut.
This pattern is only for kids sizes 12M to 8 Years. If you are interested in a pattern to make adult shorts, please check the Casual pants pattern here. With a few changes, it can be a great adult pair of shorts 😉
The colors for each size are:
1 year: black
2 years: red
3 years: green
4 years: blue
5 years: orange
6 years: purple
7 years: yellow
8 years: pink
This pattern comes with a 5/8 inch seam allowance, unless indicated otherwise.
1. Printed pattern
5. elastic thread
6. 1 yard of contrasting bias tape.
7. Measuring tape or rule
Fabric: Light and medium weight fabrics such as cotton and linen.
I would recommend using your patterns in order to calculate the amount of fabric you will need. I used 1/2 yard for the main fabric (size 1), then 1/4 for the waistband and the facing.
This shorts were initially designed to go with the peplum top pattern, though it will be perfect for knit t-shirt as well. It is a very simple, easy pattern that it took me about an hour to put together.
1. Place the front and the back shorts together, right sides facing, pin and sew them.
2. Place the two shorts legs together, pin the crotch area and sew along.
3. Place the waistband and the shorts together, right sides facing, pin and sew it. Double fold the top of the waistband by 1/4 inch and sew it.
4. Close the sides of the waistband.
5. Shirring: Put the elastic thread on the bobbin manually, then place the bobbin on the bobbin case.
6. Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length and the highest number on the tension.7. Place the waistband right side up, since the elastic thread must be visible on the inside of the shorts.
8. Make parallel lines of 3/8 inch width (basically, the width of the presser foot) After a few lines, the shirring will show.9. Finish the shorts by putting the bias tape on the hemline.
Thanks for reading, I hope you liked this tutorial and let me know what you think!