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)
1. Sewing machine with matching thread
2. Serger/overlock machine or zigzag stitch
3. Printer, letter size (8.5″ x 11″) paper 2 pcs. & glue
4. Pencil & ruler
5. Carbon and tracing wheel
7. Sewing kits
9. Safety pin
10. Prong snap installation tool.
[Note: If you have missed the basic kid/toddler shorts sewing tutorial, click here to go to the post. For younger kid / toddler size, click here for the post.]
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, stop at the seam line that is attached to the cuff
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 1/2″.
Make a 3/4″ fold at each side of the bigger pocket and stitch 1/2″ down from top edge to shape a deep pocket.
Press to make a crease line on the folds.
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 a vertical line between the narrow and the wider compartments on the cargo pocket to the boy shorts.
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.