The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorial

The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialI love these shorts!!!!  Because truly, they can be worn anywhere!
They are preppy enough for preschool and comfy enough for constant motion. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialFrom the skate park to the sand box these are your new go-to shorts!  My kids have been wearing them anywhere and everywhere!  Here’s what you’ll need…
 
Materials
1 meter of fabric {closer to 1/2 meter depending on size}
1/4 inch to 1/2 inch elastic {cut to the length of your child’s waist}
Resources
A pair of shorts that currently fit
Dana also has a ton of little boy pants and shorts tutorials.  She has the most detailed instructions with gorgeous photos too!  Be sure to check them out.
 
Okay ready to make your own Anywhere Shorts?
The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialStart by tracing one leg of your current shorts onto craft paper.  Don’t forget to trace right to the inseam and add at least 1/4 inch all the way around for seam allowances.  I added 1 inch to the bottom of my shorts pattern to allow for folding and sewing the hem on each leg.  I also added 2 inches to the top of my pattern for folding, sewing and creating a pocket for my elastic waistband.
The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialCut out your pattern pieces.  Here is my pattern sketched out onto craft paper.  I have also traced the pocket pattern from MADE.
The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorial Cut out your materials using the pattern that you’ve created.
The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorial You will need two pocket pieces and two leg pieces.  They should look something like the above photo.The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialNow serge or zig zag stitch all of your raw edges.  A Serger is on the top of my Wish List for sure!
The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialCut or snip little slits into the corners of your pockets.  This will help to create smooth, even curves. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialFold and press all of the pocket edges. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialUse a 1/4 inch fold all of the way around the pockets. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialTop stitch the opening of the pockets using a 1/8 inch seam allowance. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialPin the pockets to the front of the short pieces.  When the leg of the shorts is folded in half, the bottom edge of the pocket should line up with the outside fold.  The pockets should also be about 2 inches from the top of your shorts to allow room for the waistband. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialSew the pockets to each leg using a 1/8 inch seam allowance.  On a side note ~ I started to lose natural light and turned on the light in my dining room at this point.  What a difference in picture quality hey?  I’m so glad that the days are getting longer.  Hooray for sunshine! The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialNow lets work on building our shorts.  Fold each leg of your shorts so that right sides are facing.  Next, sew each leg of your shorts together.  You are sewing from the pointy part of your fabric, down, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialAfter you have sewn each leg, invert one so that the right sides are facing out.  Now tuck that leg into the other so that right sides are together. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialPin the two legs together. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialSew legs together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Be sure that the leg seams meet and line up. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorial Iron and press all seams flat.
The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialFold the top of the shorts down about 5/8 inch and iron. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialFold the bottom of each leg up about 1 inch and iron flat. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorial Sew a hem into each leg using a 7/8 inch seam allowance. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialSew a pocket into the top seam of your shorts using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Leave a 1/2 inch space for inserting the elastic waistband. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialInsert the elastic {measured to be the same length as the child’s waist}, sew the end of the elastic together and sew the waistband closed.  Trim off excess thread. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorial And there you have it!  Great shorts that can be worn anywhere! The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialLike jumping outside of preschool… The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialor running in the activity room… The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialor while playing airplanes. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialHow about out at the playground… The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialwhile getting messy?! The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialCurrently “anywhere” is every. single. bike. park in a 40 kilometer radius.   The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialLike this skate park… The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialwhere our shorts prove their comfy capabilities. The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialOr while clearly attached to our bikes.
The Anywhere Shorts ~ a tutorialI hope that you’ll trying making a pair!  They truly are fabulous shorts to have anywhere.
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