Basic Kid Shorts With Pocket Pattern

kid shorts pattern
It is summer again in Northern Hemisphere countries…. Be it to fight the heat wave or to get more sunlight to tan your skin, clothes are getting thinner and shorter, summer is sure the funnest season of the year!!! My sewing is just as fun as your summer activities, I sewed some shorts for my kids, I truly enjoyed each and every one I made!!! Get the free pattern and tutorial and enjoy your sewing too….

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I’ve been clearing out my wardrobe lately and found some clothes that can no longer fit into my….. ahemmmmm… “WELL FED” body! I think it is good to recycle them into some short pants for my kids. I tend to sew shorts for my love one, eg. for my husband [pattern here] and for myself, husband & my sisters [pattern here], perhaps shorts were by far the most seen and worn apparel in my family. We wear shorts everyday at home since it is all-time hot and sunny here. Don’t envy because I have most of the sunbeam, I am hiding away from it and trying my best to cover my skin with lots of sunblock when I need to go outdoor.

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The origin of this kid shorts pattern is a combination of my daughter’s old shorts plus a modification from a pattern book. I changed the original slanted pocket to this rounded pocket after referring to the pattern book. I made the pattern into 2 different sizes for my kids, 7 years old and 3 years old.

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  1. No soy muy buena con la costura pero excelente tutorial voy a intentar hacerlo.
    Muchas gracias.

    Translation (by Google):
    I’m not very good at sewing but excellent tutorial I will try.
    Thank you very much.

  2. hi,
    this is a great tutotial! where can i get knitted rib fabric here in malaysia?

    • Hi Rozy, not easy to find it here. Try your luck on some old craft stores around you and ask them, otherwise, salvage from a of polo-shirts collar.
      I stumbled upon it by chance, it is a left over stock from a craft store I have been buying since some 30 years ago.
      If you are in Penang, I can tell you the exact store I bought from, but I am not sure if they still have any left.

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  4. Has anyone else had a problem with this tutorial? I admit I am not an expert seamstress but the first section should be putting the pocket RIGHT sides together. And unless I missed it you never specified the seam allowance.

    I do appreciate the free tutorial but I think it may need a few tweaks!

    • You are right, Maggie. I typed it wrongly, should be right side. I have corrected the typo. Sorry for the confusion!
      Thanks for reading through the tutorial and pointing out the incorrect instructions.

  5. Hi! I am so excited to try this. I have 3 girls that will adore these shorts. Is there a specified seam allowance? I have tried to find it written in the pattern but seem to be missing it. Thanks,

  6. Just wanted to say thanks for the pattern:) I just finished making 1 for each of my 2 Grand daughter’s. Needed smaller patterns than what you had so I printed yours and reduced them by 10% to make size 5T and 18 month, perfect for those sizes, I also changed the bottom by adding a 2 inch gathered ruffle with a rolled hem, I did not reduce any length.
    Also wanted to let others know what a quick easy sew this was. I mainly used my serger. Plan on making more this pattern was so quick, next time I will use more of stitch colors and design stitches. I have the time now!!!! Thank you

    • Wow, amazing, Michele!!!! Using serger sounds interesting… I will try when I am on sewing clothes again. I have some T-shirt fabrics laying in my craft room and wanted to make some shorts again… hopefully soon 🙂
      Is it possible to show us some photos when you have taken with your grand-daughters wearing them?

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  8. how can I add a pic here took one of my grand daughter wearing the shorts to show they came out so cute

  9. This is a terrific pattern! I just need to figure out how to enlarge it somehow for my 6 year-old granddaughter who is true to her Northern European heritage and perhaps 3 sizes larger than this!!

    But the pattern is great for adding workmanship touches that make for a very well-made garment. I’m very proud of my result & will see if these will fit the 4 year-old little boy next door! lol

    Thank you!

  10. The elastic band in the waistband – is it 1″ or what size? Thanks!!

  11. Thank you so much for this pattern, I have almost finished these shorts for my soon to be seven y/o daughter. Just have to sew the elastic together. I made them from hot pink fabric with white pin dots.
    Spent the previous weekend hunting down shorts in the shops with no luck then googled girls shorts and found your site. They are EXACTLY what I was looking for. Many thanks.

  12. I love this website! So glad I found it. I will gather supplies to make these shorts.
    Thank you for the clear step-by-step tutorial 🙂 very helpful for a beginner. I will actually try them first in miniature form for my doll 😛

  13. I make items for charity and recycled a pair of curtains to make these shorts; its the easiest pattern I’ve every used. Thankyou

  14. I enjoy sewing for my kids. Very useful tutorial. I had been looking for a shorts pattern long time ago, yours it’s great, thank you so much. Congratulations

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  16. hello,
    looking forward to making this pattern. The only problem that I have with it is now that I have printed it off and sellotaped it all together I have no way of knowing if it is the right scale. I first of all printed it at 100% which looks quite small so was wondering if I now need to make it bigger? It could be helpful if on the pattern you had a 1″ scale or some such guide. Hopefully you can advise me soon as want to cut them out for my grandson.

    very many thanks to you for this pattern


    • Hi Marian, good question. I should have put a 1″ marking for you to measure to confirm that you are printing off 100%. If you are using “letter” size paper and print on 100% (no-scaling), you will see a border just about 1/4″ away from the edge.
      Hope this help.

  17. Hi, great tutorial! I need one for me, but I am beginner, can you help me how to enlarge the pattern for size 12? Please! I really need them 🙂 Thank you very very much!

  18. Hi Joanne, first of all, thanks for this wonderful pattern! I have been looking for a girl’s shorts pattern for a while. I made a pair of shorts for my girl and she loves it but she has outgrown it. I was wondering how do you increase the pattern one size bigger? Thanks!

    • I do not have a proper tutorial on size grading. I used my mom old fashion method that I think it’s hard to present. A google search with “shorts pattern grading” keyword should give you some links to find the solution.
      Hope this help.

  19. Hello! I love this pattern: super easy and super cool.
    I used it twice: one without pockets to make a pajama shorts ( and one with pockets for Kid’s clothes week (
    Thank you for sharing the pattern. Unfortunately it comes in a few sizes 🙂

  20. Thank you so much for the tutorial. Very easy to follow. Made my first pair of shorts from this pattern and tutorial. They turned out better than I ever imagined they would!

  21. This was a fantastic and reasonably easy pattern, absolutely loved it

  22. Can we use this same Pattern for boys?

  23. Thank you for this fabby tutorial. I’ve made 2 lovely pairs of shorts for my little girl, the ones in the shops are way too short! So generous of you to share your talent with everyone. 🙂 x

  24. Such a great tutorial and just what I was looking for to make my three year old some shorts for this unusually hot British summer … off to buy fabric now :0)

  25. I remember back when I was about 12, I spent one hot summer holiday with my cousin making many, many pairs of shorts.

    Now at 45, I’m going to make them for my 7yo and 4yo!

    Thanks for the free pattern. I made a pocketless version of it for my 7yo girl. It generally worked well, except that it was too small! Can I suggest you change it to 6yo? My 7yo is average height and build for her age.

    I did rescue it by unpicking the side seams and putting in some panels. Finished this morning and she’s worn them to school today 🙂

    • Hi Katharine,
      What a great memory you have 🙂 Sorry that it is too small for your kids, it works well for Asian size because we are in smaller build, LOL. I will put a remark on the tutorial that the sizing is for Asian build. Thanks for suggesting.

  26. Thanks so much for this pattern I have made them for my girls for Christmas. I assumed they were small by looking at the pattern. The 7 year old size looks perfect for my 4 year old. Just about to cut out the pattern for my 2 year old. I may upsize it a little. But great tutorial I have always been afraid of sewing pockets, never again all shorts will have pockets now thank you.

  27. Just finished a pair for my daughter. They turned out great. I had a bit of a learning curve as I’m a beginner but they worked out in the end. The next pair won’t take quite as long…hopefully.
    Thanks for the free pattern and tutorial. I’m learning a lot.

  28. I made pair of these shorts for my daughter last summer. She loves them! Now they are too small, but she’s trying to wear them anyways. Do you plan on releasing the pattern in a bigger size?

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