Pocket Shorts {tutorial}

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As part of my kids clothing week challenge, I once again used the basic kid pants pattern from MADE and added my own flair. (she should be paying me for all my advertising!) I have made her pattern with pants, shorts, pjs, overalls and with pockets on outside…however I wanted to try and put pockets inside, and I love the result.

 They do look better on the older one…the chubby baby belly isn’t as nice in the flat front pants, but they both look cute.
 Want to make your own?
Start by printing your own Made Pant Pattern.
You can see the mark I made on the top of the pattern. You want to take off around an inch from the top. Also, cut the pattern on the line for the flat front. I made my own pocket pattern by tracing the top and side of the pants and making a curve in the middle. You can see above. 
You will also need a waistband 2 and 1/2 inches x by the width of the pants.
Cut 4 pockets
Cut off the corner of the pant front as below..
Start by sewing the front pants together at the mid seam.
 Cut two of the four pocket pieces to match the edge of the pants.

 You will have two of each kind.  Make sure you have a left and a right pocket.
Sew around the curve of the pocket.
 With the curve seam facing you, pin and sew the angled edge of the pockets together. Check to see that when you fold the pocket over that it is facing the right way.
 Top stitch the pocket edge seam. (see my pins below)
I also basted the top of the shorts (see pins)

 I did this next step after I had sewed on the waistband, but really it should be done now.

Sew the pockets down. I sewed from the backside along the seam edge.
Measure and cut the width of your waistband at this point.

 Leaving a 1/3 inch around all side, iron on a piece of stiff interfacing.
 Fold over and sew with right sides together to the pant fronts.
 At this point now you will be working on the back. Sew the back together at the mid seam. The make a casing for the back elastic. Measure the kid.. measure the front of the shorts and figure out how much to gather the back of the shorts. I don’t have a serger, so I just zig-sagged, then folded over the casing.
 I threaded the elastic and sewed on both side. (oh add a label before you gather if wanted)
 Sew the inseam first with the front and back. Then sew the side seams.
Trim to the desired length and hem. If you have a serger, I would just serge and fold over, but I did a double fold. Then I trimmed up all my threads and I was done!
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments, thanks!

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Emily is a stay at home mom to two crazy boys {which she adores} , one equally crazy daughter and one amazing husband. She loves to sew, but also dabbles in crafting and recipes. Her faith, friends and family keep her going and motivated. Come along for the ride!

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  1. Oh wow, these are precious! I wish I had the sewing skills (and the time!) to make these for my two year old.

  2. Christine says:

    Emily… I WANT A PAIR!!!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

  3. Awesome shorts! I love how you added pockets to them. They look so cute on your boys. :)


  4. These are adorable! I’m visiting from the Creations by Kara Look What I Made link party. I have the Kid Pants pattern from dana-made-it Pinned, and I love your alterations! I’m going to pin this and try it for summer shorts for my little guy. I’m your newest follower.


  5. I have always wanted to do this with Dana’s KID pants pattern but I hadn’t been able to figure it out in my mind. So glad that you did and that I followed you from the Flickr group to your blog. I will definitely have to give this a try. Awesome.

  6. Hi, I really like this one, it lookes simple to make. Do you have a patern?

    • you can check out my sewing for kids in the menu bar and go check out some of the free shorts patterns offered there. You can add pockets to any of them.

  7. thanks I already have ordered fabric but did not have the pattern, i am printing this of and cant wait to get fabric its going to be camouflage, i will probably do same for daddy, both can go to park with matching shorts and t-shirts, they will love it. now have to find something for me and my daughter


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