Toddler shorts from jeans legs

These shorts started out as this

Leftover jeans legs from a pair of thrift store jeans I turned into shorts for myself. Here’s how I did it.

I took a pair of Bean’s shorts that fit him and folded them so I could see just one side and laid them on top of one of the jeans legs.

I traced around the seams, staying straight where the waist pinches in

I added 1 1/2″ at the waist and then 1/2″ for seam allowance.
I cut off the seam allowance on the front side of the shorts leg only. This is because the back seam needs to be longer than the front seam to accommodate a tush.

I used this pattern piece flipped over to cut out the other leg for the shorts. Then I cut out two pockets, just kind of guesstimating based on the pocket on the shorts I was using as a pattern.

I serged around the edges of the pockets (if you don’t have a serger, I would zig-zag and used pinking shears)

I folded under the serged edges and ironed, then topstitched down the top edge. For an authentic jeans look, use upholstery thread and a large sewing needle, like a size 90/14

Pinned the pockets into place on the back sides of the shorts

And topstitched them into place

Put the two pieces right sides together and sew the curved seams

Open up the shorts so you can sew the inseams

I serged around the top edge. If you don’t have a serger, fold this over and press.

Cut a length of 1″ elastic to your toddler’s waist size and zig-zag into a loop

Fold the waistband over the elastic, and sew it down.

And for $3 I paid for the jeans, both Bean and I got shorts!

And is there anything cuter than a toddler tush?

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  1. says

    These came out so professionally-made looking! Very cute! I have always sewn the elastic casing and then pulled through the elastic. I want to give your method a try the next time I make pants or shorts for my little guy.

  2. says

    I just joined your blog. I’m totally into modifying clothing as well. Actually, just rediscovered my love for sewing and discovered the fun in modifying clothing. These shorts are so cool! I recently made a pair of toddler jeans out of a woman’s sized pair of jeans. What fun!

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