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March 24, 2014

DIY Pom Pom Shorts

I have a super exciting (very long) post for you guys today!  I made these adorable Hawaiian print shorts with little pompoms along the bottom for a themed party we had here.  Although, I have wanted to make these shorts since last summer and never got around to it until now.  I was worried I wouldn't be able to do it properly without a pattern but I decided to take the plunge and try it anyway!

What you'll need:

  • shorts as template
  • tissue paper
  • fabric
  • trim
  • scissors
  • thread
  • sewing machine
  • elastic for waistband
  • pins

Start by grabbing a pair of shorts that fit similar to the way you want the ones your making to fit.  I picked these crochet ones from Forever21, but wanted to make them a little looser.  Fold the shorts with the front side out and trace onto tissue paper.

Lay the tissue paper pattern with the long straight edge along a fold, this will make one leg of your shorts.

Cut around the tissue paper allowing some space for seams and extra at the waist for your waistband.

Repeat those steps so that you have two legs.

Then you are going to put the two pieces right sides together on top of one another.


Pin along the curved sides and sew.  Next you will need to sew the crotch, to do this you want to sew the small straight edges together (the part thats pinned in the picture below).

To do the waistband, I simply folded the top over at the height I wanted (tip: put your shorts on inside out to pin where you want things to be!) and sew across, leaving a small opening to feed the elastic through.

Measure an elastic the size of your waist, leaving some for extra to overlap to sew it together.  Feed this through the top of your shorts.

They will look something like this:

Now try the shorts on again, and mark how short you want them to be, I also marked on the sides where I wanted the little curve to go.  Cut them the length you want then then fold over a little along the edge and hem.

Then stitch on the pom pom trim.

Rock your shorts at your next Hawaiian getaway! Or at a Hawaiian themed party because there's still snow on the ground!

Shout out to my roommate for the fantastic photo-bomb,

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  1. Hi Ray! I love these shorts and am also planning to make a pair. I just wonder how you would cut it if you want to make it more flowy? :) thanks

    1. Hi Paskalina!
      Sorry for the late reply, but I would purchase a very flowy fabric and then cut the sections a bit wider!

  2. how much fabric is needed for this?

    1. Hi Katelyn! I think I bough 2 metres to be safe but I only used probably half of that! All depends on how big you want to make them!

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