Hi Everyone! My name is Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. I am so happy to have an opportunity to guest post here at Sew Country Chick. Justine is such a talented seamstress, I just love to looking at all of her fabulous creations and of course linking up at her link party every Saturday!
My blog, Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom is all about sewing, crafting, and fun family recipes. I would love for you to stop by sometime to check out some of my projects.
- 5 or 6 old tees (you could use more or less depending on the size of the shirts and variation you want.)
- Rotary cutter/cutting mat
- Your favorite shorts pattern (If you don’t have a short pattern, I will include instructions to draw your own pattern at the bottom of the post)
- 1/2 inch elastic
- Ball point needle (always use a ball point needle on knits!)
- basic sewing supplies
|I pulled the shorts out of the dryer for this photo. (It is one year later and the have held up very well.)|
To create the casing, fold the top edge of the shorts over 1/4 inch and press. Fold the edge over another 3/4 inch and press again. Sew along the folded edge, leaving a 1 1/2 inch opening to slide the elastic through. Cut a piece of 1/2 inch elastic. (start with the waist measurement plus 1 inch.) Attach the elastic to to safety pin and run through the casing. (To ensure a good fit, I always try the shorts on before sewing the elastic together.) Sew the elastic together using a zig zag stitch, taking care to ensure the elastic is not twisted. Then stitch the opening closed.
Instructions on making your own shorts pattern: Fold the shorts you’re using for pattern tracing in half, with the back of the shorts facing out. Make sure to flatten out the back crotch seam as much as possible.
Trace around shorts on to the paper. Extend the top of the shorts up, in a straight line as shown above.
After you have traced the shorts, add a 1/4 inch seam allowance along the sides of the pattern. Add 1 1/8 inches to the top of the shorts for the elastic casing and 1/2 inch at the bottom for the bottom hem.
If you like this tutorial, be sure to visit my blog to see what else I have been up to. Thanks again, Justine for letting me share this project with your readers!