- pretty fabric
- newspaper/scrap paper for pattern
- sewing machine & thread
- shorts or jeans to cut into shorts
STEP 1: Cut Jeans into Shorts
I don’t actually own any jean shorts, and I didn’t want to alter any of the shorts I do own, so I cut up a pair of old jeans that I never wear. I started by marking the length I wanted and cutting one leg to that length. Then I folded it over onto the other leg and cut it to match.
STEP 2: Make the Pattern
I used a magazine ad to create my pattern. I laid it over the jeans and traced the outline of the pocket. Then cut it and a square of my fabric out. I cut the pattern out to be longer than what I traced so it could be placed inside the pocket.
I pinned the fabric over the paper pattern and pressed the folds in place.
STEP 3: Sew It Up!
I put the fabric into the pocket and pinned it in place before sewing it. When I sewed, I took extra care to make sure I didn’t end up sewing the front and back of the legs together.
When I got to where the pocket curves, I pulled it down with my finger and stitched down as far as I could, then went back around the whole pocket a second time.
As I said before, I made sure I didn’t accidentally sew the legs shut, but I forgot about the inside tag.
Fortunately, it doesn’t hinder the wearability of the shorts, it just looks a little funny on the inside.
STEP 4: Wear ‘Em!