Free Sewing Patterns – Kids Shorts!

Shorts don’t take much fabric and you can sew a pair up just using fabric , thread and a strip of elastic!  Take a look at these great free kids shorts patterns for inspiration to sew up a pair, plus our Pinterest board full of inspiration for sewing up kids shorts!  You could also use these patterns to make a basic pair of shorts (or short pyjama bottoms) for yourself.  Stretchy waistbands tend to suit kids clothing or leisure/sleep wear best.

Free Patterns for Kids Shorts!

Sewing up shorts for kids is much easier than you think.  You can also sew up a pair of simple elasticated shorts without having to buy a pattern.  Take a pair of your childs shorts or a good fitting pair of trousers and use these to create the pattern. 

How to make a simple pattern for a pair of kids shorts

To make simple elasticated kids shorts, take a pair of shorts you know they fit and trace around the shorts when they are folded in half so you can see the shape of the pattern pieces you need to cut out.  You need to do this for the front and back, it’s easiest if you turn the shorts inside out – you can also use the shorts to help you work out which pieces to sew together.The front and back of a pair of shorts are not quite the same, as you’ll see when you create your pattern pieces. The back side will have a longer crotch area to accomodate the ermmm  backside!

We’ve found these great tutorials which show step by step photo instructions for sewing up your pattern pieces and adding in the elasticated waistband. 




kids shorts pattern

There are so many AMAZING tutorials on the website Dana Made It, tutorials not just for kids shorts, but all kinds of varieties and also sewing up kids trousers and lots more.  If you can sew shorts, you’re only a few inches of fabric away from creating a pair of trousers! (or kids pants as the American sewing bloggers call them!)

kids shorts tutorial elasticated waistband

This pattern for a pair of cute summer shorts is from Caila Made – She has really clear step by step photos for each stage of sewing up a pair of kids shorts – Kids shorts pattern

As always we’ve been busy creating the ultimate collection of adult and kids shorts patterns on Pinterest – lots of inspiration for once you have mastered the basics!


Take a look at our board – and be sure to tell us if you have sewn up a pair of shorts recently – did they turn out how you planned?

Follow Love Sewing Magazine’s board Sewing Patterns – Shorts on Pinterest.


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