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Unisex Boxer Shorts Sewing Pattern

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Be it a pair of boxer shorts or a pair of sports shorts… it is a perfect gift to celebrate father’s day for this summer!

boxer shorts pattern

I sewed this pair of boxer shorts for my hubby. It is from a pattern I copied from his old favorite sports shorts with some modifications on the front pockets. The cutting is perfect and comfortable to wear too. So, I duplicate it to make another pair for him… maybe more in the future. I might even make some for myself with my favorite fabric prints!

sew pattern boxer shorts

I should have shared the pictures earlier, but I was stuck with the boxer shorts sewing pattern!!! It is kind of out of my expectation that the time I spent to get the pattern done in actual printable size… I am glad I made it so that I can share this shorts sewing pattern with you.

The size is for the maximum hip size of 40″, if you need more, just enlarge it.

boxer shorts sewing pattern

Sew Unisex Boxer Shorts Sewing Pattern

Download boxer shorts sewing pattern in pdf

1. A4 size paper – 12 sheets
2. 1 yard of cotton fabric or non stretchy fabric
3. Lining for the waist band, 6″ x 48″ (warp) or you can use the main fabric if you have enough.
4. 1/2 yard 1″ wide elastic band
5. Coordinating threads
6. Sewing essential

Other Supplies:
1. A Printer that is able to print A4 size paper, black ink
2. Acrobat reader (to open the pdf document)
3. Sewing machine

Remark: The size is for maximum hip size of 40″, if you need more, just enlarge it.

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Print the 12 pages actual size boxer short pdf pattern. Remember to set your printer setting for A4 size paper and uncheck the scale printing box, otherwise, the size won’t be right. Piecing them together according to the numbers stated at the corners. Cut all the patterns out.
[Click the photo for a bigger view.]

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Cut fabrics according to the patterns and follow the direction of the fabric.
1. Remember to cut in reverse order for those needed 2.
2. Fold the lining to become double layer and pin the waistband lining pattern with “fold” marking aligned at the folded edge.
3. Seam allowance is included in the pattern.
4. Mark sewing lines on the wrong side and pocket’s placement on the right side.

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Press edges in for the back and the front pockets. Double topstitch the hem of the pocket opening.
Pin them in place. Double topstitch the other 3 sides to the boxer shorts.
Repeat the same to the 2 front pockets.

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After attaching the back pocket to the shorts. Same as the 2 front pockets.

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Pin back portions with right side facing each other, sew the crotch with flat felled seam method. Trim one side of the seam to about 3/8″ and clip curve at the bottom crotch before sewing the flat felled seam.

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Sew inseam and serge or overlock the raw edge.
Sew sides by using a flat felled seam method too.
The photo shows a close-up of the front pocket and the side of the boxer short. Left is the front pocket and right is the back of the shorts.

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Press bottom hem and double topstitch around the hem.

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Sew the waistband lining to the waist, with right side facing each other. The lining’s joint should be aligned with the center of the back waist.
Use your favorite method to sew the elastic band. Otherwise, follow the following method.
Turn and press.
Measure the elastic band with the wearer’s waist, minus 3″ (as you sew, the elastic band will elongate a little). Cut and zigzag stitch the raw ends by overlapping each other at about 1/2″.

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Fold the elastic band into the lining, pin the band to the center of the back waist, fold the band to half, and pin it to the center of the front waist. Equally divide the band into another few points and pin them to the respective portions of the waist, do about 8-10 parts.
With wrong side facing, fold the lining edge into the band and sew while stretching the band to the same length of that part. Sew around.
With right side facing, stretch and topstitch another 2 rows with 1/4″ from the top and bottom edges.

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Jamie Emmanuelli

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

Love the pattern so far! Are the front portions sew together like the back portion, with a flat felled? or just overlocked? Thank you


Wednesday 8th of April 2020

For the boxers, I am not sure what cutting in reverse means. Do I flip the pattern over for one of them?

Craft Passion

Thursday 9th of April 2020

you are right, flip the template over.


Tuesday 9th of May 2017

I think this pattern can also be used to make loose swimtrunks for large or tall men as well. Only thing needed is to lengthen the legs a bit and put cording to tie inside the waist band, yes?

Craft Passion

Wednesday 10th of May 2017

This is interesting!


Saturday 27th of June 2015

I am teaching a young neighbor basic sewing skills. She is making shorts for herself, husband, and 2 children to wear at their 4th of July picnic. This pattern is exactly what I was looking for for a beginner. She has made plain shorts with no pockets for the little girls, so this is just a small step up from those and should be easy enough for her to do. Thank you.


Sunday 21st of June 2015

Hi just downloaded your pattern and cut it out. My question is I want to make 2 pairs for my grandsons size 6-8 what size do these shorts fit? Thanks

Craft Passion

Friday 26th of June 2015

I am not sure the size in US but it is for medium men size of max 40" at hip measurement and waist around 32".