Sew Boy Shorts With Cargo Pocket
This is the 4th shorts I sewed for my kids and it will be the last one until I sew this shorts pattern again from my old blouse. Though, I still have some new ideas in making them a little different with some re-styling from the basic pattern, but, I have to make a temporary halt and proceed with my other crafts. Well, it won’t be too long for me to sew them again
This cargo pocket boy shorts has the same basic sewing pattern of my recent published toddler jersey shorts (for 3 year old) and kid shorts (for 6 – 8 year old), the different is… just add a cargo pocket on it. Since this shorts is using fabric recycled from my old long sleeve blouse, I utilized one of the sleeve’s cuffs to sew the cargo pocket. It is a straight corners cuff and not the normal rounded corner cuff, you can adapt this method for the rounded type just that the height and the corner will look different.
Get the sewing tutorial on how to add a cargo pocket to shorts after this jump.
1. Cotton fabric, 3/4 yard or a woman long-sleeve blouse with straight sleeve cuff (at least a USA size 10 or UK size 12)
2. Denim fabric or coordinating print, fat quarter
3. Prong snap buttons or equivalent
4. Embroidery iron-on patch (optional)
[Note: If you have missed the basic kid/toddler shorts sewing pattern & tutorial, click here to go to the post and download the free sewing pattern. For younger kid / toddler size, click here for the post to download.]
Cut near the seam of the sleeve cuff and clear out the sleeve’s seam allowance inside the cuff.
Cut a denim fabric to 10″(L) x 3″(W) or follow the width of your cuff add 1/2″ for seam allowance.
Choose the side you want your cuff to be the right side of your pocket.
Place the cuff on to denim piece with right side facing each other. Align the centers and you should have a 1/4″ extra on the sides for the denim to be the seam allowance.
Starting at 1/2″ from corner, sew 1/4″ from edge, stop at 1/2″ of another corner.
Trace side seam lines on the denim fabric with carbon and tracing wheel.
Fold the denim piece into half with right side facing each other.
Adjust the cuff corners so that the side seam of denim piece can be aligned and sewn.
Sew side seam of denim piece.
Repeat the same to the other side seam.
Turn the denim piece right side out. Adjust corners so that they are at right angle.
Fold the seam allowance to inside and make sure it aligns with the seam of the cuff. Press and pin.
Top stitch with denim color thread.
I made the pocket into 2 compartments, a narrow pocket with 2″ wide, and a bigger side of 7″.
Make a 3/4″ folds on the bigger pocket and stitch 1/2″ down from top edge to shape a deep pocket.
Place the pocket onto the side of the shorts.
Align the center of the bigger pocket to the side seam of the shorts. Top edge just at the bottom of the shorts pocket.
Sew 2 lines around the 3 sides of the cargo pocket with about 3/16″ spacing.
Install prong snap buttons and attach your kid’s favorite iron-on embroidery patch.
Complete the rest of the shorts sewing.