+ DIY everyday shorts with pockets tutorial

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These floral shorts may have a lot of steps to them, but they are pretty straight forward. I love how it requires very little fabric with whatever fabric you want….and there are pockets!! I’m need to make some striped shorts desperately. Perfect little pair of shorts for any vacation or summer outing. Suit: Asos bottom and top: self-made
More views of it here!

1/2 yard to 1 yard of softer fabric (nothing too heavy if you are using elastic)
1″ – 1.5 ” wide elastic half width of your waist stretched
sewing machine

1. Cut 2 rectangles out making them as long as at least 1/2 your hip width + 3 to 5 inches (the more inches you put in the wider the short openings will be). And make them as long as you want your shorts + hemming (a few inches). Also cut 4 pocket pieces (optional) to be about 6″ – 8″  X  8″ – 10″ – just so they fit nicely in your shorts like picture #3.

If you want pockets….do steps 2 – 4. If not, skip to step 5.
2. Fold one rectangle in half and snip off the edge for the pocket.
3. Attach one of the pocket squares to line up perfectly with the  shorts, then sew along the edge of the cut (the cut from #2). Then cut off the pocket’s extra to mimic the bigger rectangle. Fold up and out.
4. Attach the second pocket square by matching up the 2 pocket pieces perfectly and sewing along the edges of the pocket pieces, leaving where the pocket and the short join alone. Should look like the last photo. Repeat steps 2-4 with the other side of the front piece of the shorts.
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5. Line up the front and back piece of the shorts together, RST. Then fold in half so the outside seams (where the pockets are) will be touching. Put a pair of shorts you have folded in half down, sliding the  crotch part to the fold (away from the pockets). Cut out the arch. This is where the extra 3-5 inches come in from step 1.
6. Take the inside seam and sew them up, they will be  short…they are the legs.
7. Flip right side out and pin the inside center seams together…it  will look like the last photo once all sewn up.
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8. Make a waistband that is at least as long as your hips (so it can fit up and over them), make it as wide as your elastic’s width plus 1.25″ for the seam allowance.
9. Fold under one side a 1/2″ and iron.
10. Pin and sew the waistband (the raw edge – not the ironed 1/2″ piece), RST, to the short’s top edge.
11. Flip up the waistband and iron it flat.
12. Flip under the waistband and iron down and pin in place.
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13. Measure you elastic to be half your waist when stretched. Then insert it into the back half of your shorts, pin from side seam side seam. Then sew a few lines of straight stitches on each end. Looks like the photo to the right of #13.
14. When it is on the machine, pull the elastic and the fabric flat, then sew at the edge of the waistband with zig zag or straight stitch. Looks like the picture to the right of #14.
15. Flip to the front of the shorts, and sew down the front of the waistband.1
16. Hem the bottom of the shorts
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  1. Amazing viewes!!! Love your pictures on the pool.

  2. great shorts;) your baby is soooo cute <3


  3. Alexandra says:

    Where are you staying!? That looks absolutely gorgeous!!

    And I love the shorts! I follow your blog in the hopes that one day I will be capable of sewing as well as you :)

  4. I love your shorts and these photos! Too bad I can’t sew :(


  5. really cool pant, I love the fabric you chose


  6. This tutorial is awesome!! I will be trying it soon!

  7. Love the photos and the cute shorts!

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  8. These look amazing – and possibly do-able! I’m very new to sewing, I only started about 3 weeks ago, with pillowcases, totes and cushions but making my own clothes is where I really want to be at. I love that these shorts use so little fabric – quick question though, does it matter what sort of fabric you use? Could you use cotton or would rayon etc be better?

  9. Laura Collard says:

    We are planning a trip to Costa Rica and I am dying to know where you stayed. It looks amazing! Would you recommend it??

  10. Thanks for all of your easy-to-understand tutorials, you make me wanna bring out the sewing machine and start sewing again!

  11. fruitylily says:

    I just bought a sewing machine and I am a total beginner, I wanted to start with these shorts which looked doable, but it is the third time i am undoing stitches, and I just realised I don’t understand steps 2 to 3, it looks like the edges for the pocket are cut off when it is folded, with both layers, but then i keep these 2 layers of fabric, and it doesn’t make sense!! I don’t have a back for the shorts… please help :( I am so upset right now, disgusted by sewing, spent 3 hours on this already, still at step 3…

    • yeah i feel the same way… i feel like a step was skipped or i’m supposed to have more than 2 rectangles of fabric. i don’t get it. i didn’t even know what RST meant. this is definitely really frustrating.

      • She definitely messed up somewhere and wasn’t thorough in the instructions, now I’ve wasted the only fabric I had and am left extremely disappointed. Awesome.

        • I see stupid people... says:

          I cant believe how rude and ignorant these comments are if you read the instructions as she wrote them you would have two separate pieces folded and RST right sides together…and yes definitely wasted material because you simply cannot follow instructions…..step away from the sewing machine….it has sharp objects attached!!!

          • B-alert says:

            You’re the one being rude. I’m intermediate at sewing and I find the instructions a little confusing myself. I am sitting here reading it over and over trying to get it.
            It’s hard when you’re starting off and you’re learning from (limited) pictures. There are better tutorials that walk you through with clearer instructions that are written with many photos and close ups. Didn’t you have to start somewhere too? If you can’t be helpful then move on.

    • This is WAY too advanced for a beginner. Her tutorials require some knowledge and experience of sewing. Trying doing some simpler things before trying any kind of clothing tutorial. Look up Tillie and the Buttons. She has a learning to sew section of her blog that is really informative.

  12. Me gustan mucho estos shorts””’ son hermosos..

  13. Worst tutorial ever! Terrible!
    Never mentioned that an iron is needed until you get to that step.
    Not specific AT ALL where to cut and where not to cut.

  14. Someone needs to take this tutorial down!
    I wasted more than 4 hours and almost 2 yards of fabric on this tutorial!
    Thanks for nothing!

  15. Finished my first shorts today, thanks for the tutorial.
    For those who failed, go study the seams of a pair of shorts from your wardrobe or to make it easier, omit the pockets altogether.

  16. can you add things like bows and string around the waist?

  17. B-alert says:

    Hey I was just wondering, does creating a separate waist band and then attaching it result in a different look/ or wear —as opposed to just increasing the seam allowance of the top and folding it down to create an encased waistband?

  18. genevieve says:

    People.. please be nice :( she gave the instructions for free… if you don’t like them then go on and find another one?

    If it works for one person that doesn’t necessarily work for another… not a big deal…

    Just don’t leave mean comments :(

  19. I cannot wait to try these, thank you for this tutorial. Off to check my fabric stash now!

  20. historymatters says:

    The instructions are vague in some areas. Like where you are supposed to cut the legs apart on the fold. She skipped that, but the worst part for me was that this pattern is NOT for curvy girls. I could hardly squeeze them up over my thighs and even worst was in the back, it only came half way up my behind! I’m not large (6/8) but if you have any amount of tushy, do not attempt this pattern! The problem is that you are using the same amount of fabric to cover your back as your front. And for me, I need a significant amount more fabric to cover my backside.

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  22. Michaela says:

    This was the second thing I ever attempted to sew. With a little re-reading I was able to sort out what was going on and make these shorts. The only issue I had was I didn’t making my original rectangles long enough so the shorts are too tight. I am going to re-make them tomorrow with longer rectangles (atleast 4 inches longer!) The other mistake I made was in step #2 when she says to cut the edge of the folded rectangle to create the pocket area, make sure you only cut the triangle edge off the one fold of the fabric, and not the other half of the folded piece! Otherwise you wont have that fabric covering in the butt of the shorts! Oops! Overall, I am very excited about these shorts :) :) Thanks !

  23. Cute shorts! Just so you know, this pattern does NOT work for someone with a small waist and large behind. I added 5″ to my hip measurement for my rectangle and it was still too small to stretch over my rear :(

  24. p. fizzle says:

    I’m fairly advanced at sewing and I found the second photo on number 3 confusing. The instructions are realy vague there. I found tutorial on Make It & Love It for hidden pockets. With bit of modifications, you cold esily add pockets to your pair of shorts. I’m a taylor (the term for a male that sews) and just wanted to give a shou out to all the guys that sew, too!

    Here’s the Hidden Pockets Tutorial:


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  28. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up and also the rest of the site is really good.

  29. These look great and would be a great way to use up some of my extra fabric from a dress! Thanks for sharing :)

  30. Beautifully made. My son loved it. The red color is cool looking. He was able to slice a watermelon with it with a single chop, but it wasn’t so sharp that it would cut you just to touch it.

  31. It was exactly what i was looking for and much cheaper than what i could find on other web pages

  32. Sword came in quickly. Blade quality and handle is very nice. Great for form practice. I bought a new guard from same company and I fell in love. Is truly full tang had to remove pins and handle to replace guard and went back together very tight. So over all you do get what you pay for. If u want a nice functional katana this is for you.

  33. I wanted a samurai sword for Halloween. This is a real practice sword that is well made and has the weight and balance of a real sword. It was also less expensive than what looked to be poorly made decorative swords.

  34. Absolutely awesome, definitely gives you warm feeling every time it’s unsheathed.

  35. Excellent for practicing forms, katas, and stances. Very Durable, reasonable price. Very satisfied.


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