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33 Easy Free Shorts Sewing Patterns That Will Make Summer Comfortable

Anyone looking to reinvent old clothing, add to the supply of kids’ summer wear, or give the wardrobe some customization this summer will appreciate how good a pair of hand-made shorts can look. Not only are these going to make you stand out on the beach, but they are generally easy to make. This means that with a little know-how and a few tools, it is possible to make a variety of great garments with these shorts sewing patterns. Having searched high and low, this is a definitive list and the best thing is, they’re all free.

Shirred Waist Pajama Short

To stay comfy on those warm summer nights, a pair of airy pajama shorts are a must. A pencil or fabric marker comes in handy to make the right cut but with only a handful of instructions to follow it is easy to go from light fabric to fully functional pajamas in no time. This is a great design to get started with because even if they are done a little wrong, it is easy to correct mistakes. More at Create Enjoy

Shorts To Bloomers

It takes less than half an hour to transform old shorts into a pair of fun bloomers. Ideal for making a cute kid look even cuter (if at all possible!?) and are comfortable enough to not leave any marks on a baby’s legs. The easiest way to make these is with the use of a serer machine although there is a pattern included for those without. Either way, the summer months can be made more comfortable for little ones with these airy and seriously cute bloomers. More at Hopeful Threads

DIY Summer Time Lace Shorts

What can be better than the sun beating down and strolling in lace shorts? These have a little added flair to a pair of old cut-off denim and are super easy to make. Any ends that are looking tired and frayed can be made to look new with this design and although it does require the use of shorts, we are going to include it as a way of upgrading shorts in a few easy steps with minimal resources. This is an easy way of making lots of shorts for a small price. More at Ldc Designs

Budoir Shorts Pattern

Some of the most popular shorts patterns look a lot like this as with a little effort comes a lot of flair. They feature a modern wrap design and a curved slit around the leg to give them a feminine touch. The pattern is free and comes in a variety of sizes to choose from including everything from XS to XL. The only materials are elastic and fabric so choose something made from natural fibers for a better feel and wash quality, but also to make them breathable when the sun is out. More at My Hand Made Space

Summer Shorties

You can never have too many pairs of shorts for kids. The way they get through them in the warm months they are at the mercy of mud, grass stains, ice cream to name a few. This easy-to-follow shorts sewing pattern ensures you can create an ample supply in no time. The pattern has measurements for children of 18 months to 12 years old so there are plenty of options for anyone with more than one child. The great thing is that they can be worn under a dress for a little added comfort and are cheap to make. More at Life Sew Savory

Pleated Shorts With Bow

With a floral design, these can make it feel like summer whenever they are worn. A cute shorts sewing pattern to rival any other, these are made to be worn high-waisted and are perfect for summer. A light and airy fabric is your best choice and the pattern is in-depth making it great for a beginner. There are more steps to follow than some, but we think this just makes it harder to make mistakes. The result is a pair of floral pleated shorts that will fast become the go-to pair whenever the sun is out. More at Cotton and Curls

Trimmed Lace Shorts

This shorts sewing pattern uses chambray which looks and feels great. They are ideal for a day lounging on the beach and are fine to wear in and out of the water. The lace trim makes them look even better and there is plenty of room for movement after a big lunch. They are great for lounging and the few steps included don’t take long to perfect. More at Melly Sews

Patchwork Shorts

These cute shorts are easy to make and should take less than an evening to get right. This is a great way of making use of multiple cut-offs and old clothes that the kids have grown out of or dirtied in certain areas. Any shirt pockets can be used to make pockets – a great hack if ever there was one and any combination of fabric can be used. There seems to be as much cutting as there is sewing which is fine since this is one of the easiest parts of making shorts from scratch. This is a great option for the active kid. More at Made by Rae

Mother Daughter Short Sewin Pattern

The only thing cuter is twins wearing matching shorts but this mother-daughter option comes in a close second. IT is a great idea to share some special moments before she sets too cool to be seen in a photo with you let alone wear the same clothes. Sweatshirt material is ideal for these shorts are it is breathable and goes a long way. Look for something floral and cute and enjoy the benefits of the elasticated waist will pull string. More at Sewing Rebbit

Cute Gym Shorts

These will last longer than a lot of people’s gym memberships but for those committed enough to keep a resolution going, they are comfortable and reliable. There is a classic tulip hem and an elasticated waist to ensure maximum comfort. The trick is in choosing a breathable fabric as when things et sweaty they need to be comfy. Included in this free shorts sewing pattern are measurements for women and children so they are ideal for active families. More at Purl Soho

Floral Pinwheel Shorts

The combination of soft material and a floral design is a winner, this pinwheel shape only makes them more adorable. This pattern holds your hand through the process from prep to cutting, to sewing and what you are left with is a pair of shorts that is a little different, in all the right ways. More at Grosgrainfab

Boys Summer Shorts Pattern

An easy pattern for boys that ensures the girls don’t get all the fun of new shorts in the summer. A winner with many, this is a long short design that can be made from an old shirt. There’s nothing like using what you have in the house to create something new, and after a few short steps, the boy of the house can run and play in the se comfortable shorts that provide a little extra protection against the sun. More at Shwin and Shwin

DIY Shortalls

Cute as a button is the best way to describe this pattern. They have a bubble shorts look that ensures they fit comfortably and are super easy to make. They can be made with or without the straps so if you have a fussy child on your hands, it is easy to make them work for you. The pattern and guide are a little more in-depth than some of the others but we don’t mind given how cute they look. More at Pretty Prudent

Cutoffs Into Shorts

Repurposing old garments is a great way of saving money and not adding to the wardrobe unnecessarily. This shorts sewing pattern doesn’t cost a lot because it is based on getting out with the old and in with the new. Whether it is turning jeans into cute denim shorts, or any kind of kids’ pants into something they don’t grow out of for a while, this design takes less than an evening to make and is considered easy for most sewers. More at Makeit Love It

Sunsuit Sewing Pattern

Part shorts, part sunsuit designed to stop them from falling, this is another cute design for kids. The pattern is fine for 3-month-old babies up to size 6 and it is the sort of romper that would make a lovely present. Although the patterns mostly fine for a beginner, there are added extras that can be made by those with a little more experience and skill. At some point, every parent is going to need a picture of their child looking adorable in one of these. More at Diy Crush

Pom Pom Beach Shorts

Why do kids seem to get all the cute clothes? Well with these beach shorts, we adults get to share some of the fun. With a super cute pom design, they are going to turn heads and the pattern makes it easy. It only requires a yard of fabric which can be almost anything but cotton is best. Merrick knows a thing or two about great style so it is no surprise to see a pom-pom trim work so well. More at Merricks Art

Lace Shorts DIY

Inspired by Urban Outfitters, these pretty shorts can be made for a fraction of the price at a little over $10. Using an old pair of shorts or something similar, the lace design is easy to trim and there are only a few supplies needed to make make a pair of shorts that you will want to wear all summer. There are only a couple of steps to master and it can be done by a beginner in no time. More at Sincerely Kinsey

DIY Boxer Shorts

Kids seem to get through shorts pretty fast so it never hurts to make a few pairs at home. Turning old clothes into boxer shorts into a sewing pattern is super easy and a bit of a genius idea. These come with patterns for the pockets and because they are easy, they can be made time and again. More at Making Things is Awesome

Super Easy Linen Shorts

These are so easy to make it almost feels like using a cheat code. The technique used ensures it is almost impossible to get this wrong and takes less than an hour to make new shorts for the little ones to run around all summer. There is a big comfortable waistband and pockets in just a few steps. Use what you have and turn it into something that can be put to good use when the sun is shining. More at Shwin and Shwin

Simple Kids Shorts

Made with potty training in mind, these elasticated waist shorts are easy to et up and down in a hurry. Without distractions, they are easy to sew in user 30 minutes so there is plenty of time to sew a catalog of shorts in case a spare pair is needed. The prep is easy as only half a yard of fabric is needed and some elastic and the making part is equally as simple. These are fine for boys and girls and can be made with various fabrics. More at I Katbag

Faux Wrap Shorts

Shorts sewing patterns like this are great because they don’t take long to make. Shorts, in general, are one of the easier patterns so adding a little sparkle with the ruffle wrap on these shorts is an exciting way to take on a new challenge. A little pinning and sewing and your girl will be running around the garden in comfort. More at The Train to Crazy

Woodsia Cargo Shorts

A practical yet fashionable option, these cargo shorts are a must-have in any man’s wardrobe. They are hard wearing and not as difficult to make as one might think. This is a shorts sewing pattern that has put the effort in so expect lots of pictures to guide you through your journey from fabric to wearable cargo shorts that are the go-to pair all summer. More at Mood Sewciety

Elastic Waist Linen Shorts

A cute design that has been created so that they can be versatile enough to wear anywhere. No matter if it is around the pool, in the garden, at home, on the beach, or in town, these are everyday shorts. The loose weave cotton and elasticated waist ensure they stay on the hip and can be worn in comfort. They take around an hour to make by anyone who has a little beginner’s experience. More at So Sew Easy

Short/Skirt For Girls

A hybrid that allows a girl to twirl and play but also ensures they have the comfort of shorts, this is a great summer addition to the mountain of kids’ clothes that they always get through. It can be crafted from a men’s t-shirt meaning it will cost next to nothing to make if you have one lying around. This means there are plenty of opportunities to make twirly skirts to dance around the garden in. More at Its Always Autumn

Easy Cut Off Jean Shorts

This may seem like the one type of DIY shorts that you have attempted in the past, but this is how it is done properly. It is one of the easier shorts sewing patterns on paper, but because the material is tougher, it can take a little work. Still, there are few things better than being able to throw on the denim shorts that you once loved as that reliable pair of jeans for all those years. One for the nostalgic, and one for those who want shorts that will last a long time. More at Create Enjoy

Men’s PJ Shorts

Because men still like to stay cool in the summer months, this is a pattern for them. Whoever is stitching these together will find the pattern easy to follow and the materials easy to find either around the house or in-store. We can all agree that there are evenings in the summer where it feels like the only thing capable of cooling you down is a cold shower, well these pajama shorts will be the next best thing. More at So Sew Easy

Varsity Style Jogging Shorts

These are the kind of shorts that can be used all year round as there is never a bad time to go for a run. With the comfortable style and breathable fabric, these can be the pair that you grab out of the drawer when you are hitting the trail or pavement for a stroll. Because activewear should be washed after every use, you may be tempted to make more than one pair of these shorts, who could blame you? More at Sewing Rebbit

Reversable Kids Shorts

Sometimes it is hard to get children to try to wear clothes let alone wear them. With these cool reversible patterns, they are likely to be more willing to give them a shot. With different size patterns for different ages and a simple yet rewarding process, these are sure to be a hit with boys and girls alike. The reversible mesh is comfortable and can be made into a natural color that is more practical than something vibrant and fun on the other side. More at Life Sew Savory

Unisex Boxer Shorts

As comfortable as shorts come, these snug-fitting boxers are easy to make with the help of a machine and look great. Of course, it’s all down to the fabric but this is the chance to make brilliant boxers that will still keep their shape and use quality material. The sie is for a max of 40 inches but can be increased accordingly. The printable guide makes cutting easy and the elastic waistband ensures they stay in place and feel nice and comfortable. More at Craft Passion

Cuffed Shorts Pattern

Ok, these might be for the advanced sewer but the results are worth the time it requires. These look amazing and can be made from a variety of fabrics. When finished, they look like something that can be worn when one wants to turn a few heads or use a more decorative floral fabric for a quaint and pretty feel. This is the sort of short design that one might see on a catwalk featuring famous designers which will explain some of the more advanced stitches required. More at Wk Designer

Sailor Shorts

Set sail with a pair of these nautical shorts sur measure that is easy to make yet look great. It all starts by using a pair of shorts that you like the fit of and using them as the inspiration and guide for these nautical DIY shorts. There are only 10 basic steps to follow before you are donning your own pair of shorts that are custom-made to be the most comfortable pair you own. More at Refashionco Op

Bermuda Shorts

These cute long shorts provide a little more protection from the sun for young skin and have plenty of pockets for keeping all those important pebbles they find at the beach or other trinkets. There isn’t too much skill involved just a bit of patience but when you are done you can enjoy seeing your little lad in his grown-up shorts throughout the summer. The good thing is that they only take a couple of hours to make so all the boys in your house can have a pair by the end of the week. More at Life Sew Savory

Toddler Shorts

A simple design yet one that is practical and flexible. The easy sewing process makes it an enjoyable challenge for a beginner but not one that will be impossible. This is why you can expect to have them made well within the 30-minute mark and it comes with an instructional video to complement the six easy-to-follow steps. It’s good to know that it doesn’t take long to make adorable shorts with this simple shorts sewing pattern. A walking foot comes in handy but it is not too difficult to make them without. The guide is for 18-month-old sized shorts but the measurements are easy to adjust accordingly. More at Fleece Fun

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