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Boy Shorts – Cargo Pocket

Boy Shorts – Cargo Pocket

toddler shorts pattern

This is the 4th shorts I sewed for my kids and it will be the last one until I sew this boy 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 🙂

cargo pocket shorts

This pair of cargo pocket boy shorts have the same basic sewing pattern of my recently published toddler jersey shorts (for 3 years old) and kid shorts (for 6 – 8 years old), Pre-teenager shorts, the difference is… just add a cargo pocket on it. Since these boy shorts are 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 normally rounded corner cuff, you can adapt this method for the rounded type just that the height and the corner will look different.

boy cargo pants

Get the sewing tutorial on how to add a cargo pocket to the boy shorts after this jump.

toddler shorts sewing pattern

Boy Shorts

Cargo Pocket
Download basic sewing pattern: Toddler shorts (3 years old), Kid shorts (7 years old), Pre-teenager Shorts (12 years old) [update in 2016]

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
6. Scissors
7. Sewing kits
8. Iron
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.]

sleeve cuff cargo pocket

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.

sew cargo pocket out of sleeve cuff

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 the corner, sew 1/4″ from the edge, stop at 1/2″ of another corner.

tracing wheel

Trace side seam lines on the denim fabric with carbon and tracing wheel.

sew denim seam

Fold the denim piece into half with right side facing each other.
Adjust the cuff corners so that the side seam of the 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.

sew cargo pocket band

Turn the denim piece right side out. Adjust corners so that they are at a right angle.
Fold the seam allowance to inside and make sure it aligns with the seam of the cuff. Press and pin.
Topstitch with denim color thread.

sew on fold

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 the top edge to shape a deep pocket.
Press to make a crease line on the folds.

sew cargo pocket to pants

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 dual cargo pocket to pants

Sew 2 lines around the 3 sides of the cargo pocket with about 3/16″ spacing.

cargo pocket with prong snap button

Install prong snap buttons and attach your kid’s favorite iron-on embroidery patch.
Complete the rest of the shorts sewing.


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