Have you ever struggled to find sleep shorts in the color and patterns that you want? With this tutorial on How to Sew Women’s Sleep Shorts with free pattern, you will be able to make sleep shorts in any color or pattern! With these comfy sleep shorts, you will not only be cute and stylish but super cozy as well! Or perhaps you’d like to make matching sleep shorts to have for a family vacation or a special slumber party with the girls!
You’ll be making everyone their favorite pair of sleep shorts! They’ll wear them all year long! A free pattern is included in this tutorial to use as a guide to cut your fabric pieces. Now, let’s get ready to make some comfy shorts!
Supplies for Women’s Sleep Shorts
- The fabric of your choosing
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Borderie Anglaise (embroidery, typically in white floral patterns, on fine white cotton)
- Free Sleep Shorts Pattern – Click Here to Download.
This pattern is for a Medium-sized sleep short. Is this sewing project not in the size you are looking for? Then check out our tutorial on Pattern Grading.
How to Sew Women’s Sleep Shorts
Before getting started with this awesome sleep shorts tutorial, you will want to print and piece together your pattern!
Before I begin any sewing project I like to wash, dry, and iron my fabric. This helps prevent shrinkage after sewing. Let’s start your shorts project with that important step, first.
Next, we will start to cut the fabric, using the pattern. Don’t forget to adjust the size to the one you want, in this case, we are using the measurements for a size M. Fold the fabric in two and pin the pattern to the fabric, cut it and you will now have 2 fronts and 2 backs.
Start by folding the bottom part of the front, about 1cm, and fold it again. This way, even if you don’t have an overlock machine, you don’t have a problem if the fabric starts to come off.
Repeat this step with all four parts of fabric. (2front+2back). This will prep every panel of your new sleep shorts! You’ll be making these in no time!
After that, pick the corresponding front and back part and join them together by the sides. They should be inside out. Sew the sides with a 1cm difference between them.
Fold the larger part over the other, using the previous seam as a guide.
When that part of how to make women’s sleep shorts with free pattern tutorial is complete, open both parts and fold the seam that you have, covering the end of the fabric. Sew down this seam for reinforcement.
Time to apply the broderie anglaise. This fabric adds a little elegance to these sleep shorts. If the broderie anglaise strip is large, sew from the inside part of the shorts. The the broderie anglaise strip is narrow, sew it on the front, covering the other seam. These shorts are going to be so cute!
We are about halfway finished with our how to sew women’s sleep shorts tutorial! For the next step, you fold the fabric and sew the crotch part of your shorts.
Once you’ve done that, simply repeat the process we used before on the sides.
With one leg done, you will repeat all the processes to the other leg. These sleep shorts are really starting to come together!
Now that we have both legs done, we need to sew them together. If you join the back parts together, from inside part, you will notice that it’s easier to sew if you put one leg inside the other. This is a sewing trick that saves a lot of time! You’ll want to remember this for future projects!
Using the same methods you did above, sew all the way around the shorts. There should be no raw edges. We are almost ready to put the cute sleep shorts on!
For the last step in how to make women’s sleep shorts with free pattern tutorial, we just have to apply the elastic band on the top of the sleep shorts. This will make them nice and comfy to wear. Be sure to sew your elastic band ends together before moving on to the next step in this how-to.
If you are using a wider elastic band, you can just fold over the fabric one time. If your elastic is thinner, you can fold over the fabric twice. Just make sure the band has some room to move around either way. Once you have that, fold over a 1cm lip and sew that to create the pocket for the elastic.
Now you can sew it all around, but don’t sew over the elastic band as it should be free to move around inside the fold you created. If you are using 2 elastics for a larger size, make sure you give enough fabric allowance for it when you make the folds.
The sleep shorts are done! You can add a little ribbon in the front to make them look a little fancier.
Now you have finished your women’s sleep shorts! Aren’t they super cute! I love the embellishment on the legs! I think it might be my favorite part! Since you know how to make these amazing sleep shorts you can now make them for all of your friends and family! Or for yourself in multiple patterns and fabrics!!
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- Fold the fabric in 2 and pin the pattern to the fabric. Cut it out. You will have now 2 fronts and 2 backs.
- Fold the bottom part of the front, about 1cm, and fold it again. Repeat with all 4 parts (2front+2back).
- Pick the corresponding front and back part, and sew them together inside out by the sides, with a 1cm difference between them.
- Fold the bigger part over the other, using the previous seam as a guide.
- When that part is complete, open both parts, and fold the seam that you have, covering the end of the fabric and sew it.
- Apply the broderie anglaise. If it's large, sew from the inside part. If narrow, sew it on the front, covering the other seam.
- Fold the fabric and sew the crotch part. Repeat the process above on the sides.
- Repeat all the processes to the other leg.
- With both legs done, it's time to sew them together. Just put one leg inside the other and sew it all around.
- Add the elastic band. If you use a wider elastic band , use just 1 fold (75cm). If your elastic is thinner, you can use 2 (75cm each).
- Start to fold 1cm on the top of the fabric to the inside part, sew it all around. Do another larger fold to put the elastic in.
- Sew in the elastic.
- You can add a little ribbon in the front for embellishment. (Optional)
- You're done!
This pattern is for a Medium-sized sleep short. You can use the slash, spread, and redraw method for larger sizes. For a smaller size you will slash the pattern but then overlap and redraw instead of spreading.
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