Oh my gosh! I have to post about these shorts. I found this amazing tutorial at the Purl Bee blog and have absolutely fallen in love! I made five pairs in just two days… That’s how much I love them and this tutorial. The tutorial is pretty clear and thorough, with great pictures. But since it isn’t my tutorial or work, I can’t take credit for it and I can’t rewrite the tutorial on here. But if you by chance have any questions or concerns or need help understanding the tutorial, feel free to leave a comment and I will respond.
These are probably my favorite pair. In fact, I’m wearing them now. Isn’t this fabric adorable? I got it at Hancock Fabrics.
My only advice with the Purl Bee’s tutorial is that I would measure you actual hips (or the widest part of you) and then use the size range above where your size fits. For instance, my hips were 39″ and I used the 41″-43″ template. Also, if you haven’t ever made binding, it can be a little tedious. You can also buy extra wide, double folded bias tape at any craft store and this stuff works great.
I made this pair (above) for my friend, who loves sunflowers and yellow and grey color schemes. Now, one thing you may see that’s different with my shorts is that mine have pockets. I CAN post about that, because who doesn’t need (or love) pockets?
So, before you attach the binding (or bias tape), cut your pockets. I would recommend folding a piece of fabric in half (such as linen or just a plain cotton), then cutting it to the shape you need, as below. This way you will have two mirrored pieces. You choose the size. Mine are 6.5″ x 8″. I wouldn’t recommend making them any longer, but maybe a little wider if you wish.
Next, you will need to place them.
Put one on the back side and one of the front side, both on the inside of the shorts. Be sure to pin them well.
Then put the binding on and sew like the tutorial says.
Now you should have one side complete. Do the other side.
Once the binding is on, you will want to fold over the pocket that is attached to the back side and resew the stitch so the pocket is facing toward the front side of the shorts.
Resew over the same stitch, as this stitch will be seen (from the pocket entrance). Now continue with the tutorial where you sew the front piece and the back piece together. Pin your pieces and measure out your side from the top. Mark 1 1/4″, 6″ and 9″. Instead of sewing all the way down, sew 1 1/4″ from the top, skip down to inch 6 and sew from that point to the 9″ mark. Be sure to back stitch every time you set your needle and take your needle up. You don’t want your stitches ripping out while you’re reaching into your pocket.
Now to finish the pocket. Turn your shorts inside out and sew a line across the top, attaching the pocket to the front side of the shorts. The purpose of this is so the pocket will stay in the front instead of moving around your body when the shorts are on.
I also added a stitch at the bottom of the pocket, about a 1/4″ up from the bottom for added stability.
Next, I pulled the pocket up from the shorts and just sewed on them. Sew a 1/4″ from the edge and then zig zag stitch so they won’t unravel after your first wash.
And there you have it! A pocket! Now repeat on the other side so you have two pockets. I’m not going to lie, these pockets make these shorts amazing! I’m also not going to lie that the Purl Bee calls these gym shorts, but I lounge in them… All. The. Time.
Like I said, if you have any questions or are confused by the tutorial, feel free to comment and I will help as best as I can! Enjoy, and never stop creating!