40+ Free Shorts Patterns (to Sew)

This summer, get ready to show off your legs with these free shorts patterns!

By: Sari Lesk, Editor,
40 Free Shorts Patterns to Sew

Summer fashion is a great way for people to express their individuality. As soon as the weather gets warm, everyone begins to wear shorts of every color, which are mixed and matched with different tops, belts, and shoes. But keeping up with summer trends can be expensive and a hassle, especially if you have a big family to clothe.

Rather than buy new clothes every year when the temperatures start to rise, try some DIY shorts instead. This page of 40+ Free Shorts Patterns (to Sew) includes tutorials that will show you how to sew shorts that everyone in your family will be excited to bust out as soon as the forecast says "sunshine."

From simple refashioning projects to fashion-forward easy shorts patterns that can be dressed up or dressed down, these free patterns and tutorials for how to make shorts are the best way to keep and look cool during warm summer weather.

Making your own clothes will be easier than ever with these shorts sewing patterns! You'll look forward to DIY-ing for summertime with our free shorts patterns for ladies, guys, and even babies and toddlers. We also have a few tutorials for refashioning last season's shorts. You'll be saving more money than ever! This page of shorts patterns is spectacular and so helpful.

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PLUS! Let Carolina Moore step out how to sew shorts using a pattern in this video right below. If you're unsure of sewing shorts, then this video tutorial is a fantastic place to start.

Sew Shorts for Women

The fashionistas in your family know a good pair of shorts when they see them. These ladies' shorts patterns walk you through how to make shorts that any gal will love to wear. These fashionable shorts patterns are the perfect way to complete any summer outfit, whether you wear them to the park, the beach, or just to lounge in your backyard.

  • How to Sew Shorts

    Showing you exactly how to make some lovely scalloped shorts out of a pair of old pants, these shorts are perfect for summer.

  • Cuffed Shorts

    his free sewing pattern will teach you how to make Cuffed Shorts that are runway inspired and very comfy.

  • DIY Pleated Shorts

    Stay cool in these chic shorts! This free shorts pattern is absolutely adorable and will go well with any of your outfits.

  • Maternity Tank and Shorts

    This pattern is a twofer! This Maternity Tank and Shorts tutorial will show you how to make the perfect summer outfit.

  • Stunning DIY Lace Shorts

    Create these Stunning DIY Lace Shorts if you are longing for sewing projects that are simple and require minimal supplies.

  • Simple Shirred Waist Shorts

    These DIY shorts are incredibly lightweight and comfortable because of the easy waistline. You can even lounge around or sleep in these!

  • Make Your Own Pom Pom Shorts

    Since you want your shorts to be comfortable and fit you perfectly, use a pair of shorts you already have to make this basic pattern.

  • Varsity Blues Jogging Shorts Pattern

    This printable sewing pattern takes only 1 yard of lightweight woven fabric and can be completed in just 2 hours.

  • Pinwheel DIY Shorts Pattern

    You want your shorts to be loose but not look like a slob, which is where this shorts pattern comes in.

Simple Shorts for Girls

Girls live in lightweight skirts, dresses, and shorts in the summer. Why buy them when you can make the perfect-fitting pairs of DIY shorts at home? Check out these sewing tutorials to see how you can sew these stylish summer shorts for the girls in your house.

  • Skip to My Lou Skorts

    Keep your little lady from having to sit politely or skip the monkey bars by making her these awesome skorts!

  • Fast and Lazy Linen Shorts

    This Fast and Lazy Linen Shorts tutorial tells you how to gather scraps to sew shorts for your little girl.

  • Printable Kids Shorts Patterns

    These Printable Kids Shorts Patterns come in a variety of sizes and are easily customized to fit your kid's style.

  • Summer Kids' DIY Shorts

    These DIY shorts are technically short leggings made out of cotton fabric and elastic, perfect for a little girl on the go.

  • Sleepytime Kids' Shorts

    Make your kiddo a comfy and cute pair of Sleepytime Kids' Shorts for the next holiday. These can easily be created out of just about any fabric pattern.

  • How to Sew Shorts for Summer

    Easily crafted for boys or girls, these cute little shorts are the perfect project for summer.

  • Summer Shorties

    These shorts are a great choice for the active girl who wants to wear dresses but move around and play more this summer. 

  • Bubble Hem Overall Shorts

    The shorts will look great either way, and they can even be worn over a pair of tights when the weather gets colder.

  • Faux Wrap Shorts

     This sewing tutorial will show you how to make a shorts/skirt combination that she will love to wear in the warm, sunny weather.

  • Simple Ruffle Shorts Sewing Pattern

     Your little girl will be romping on the playground in no time in this easy shorts pattern full of fun ruffles.

Men's Shorts Sewing Patterns

There aren't a lot of men's shorts patterns around but we have a couple we know you will love. Give these DIY shorts to your man for holidays or events or when you're feeling like sewing something fast for the men in your life. Check out the next section for tons of shorts for your little boy.

  • Men's Pajama Shorts

    The design is loose-fitting and super comfortable, perfect for your man's lazy Sunday or after work.

  • Boxer Shorts

    These Boxer Shorts are super comfortable and are a great gift for Dad. They also make great pajama pants for women.

Sewing Patterns for Boy Shorts

Whether your son only wears shorts in the summer or if he wears them year-round, these are the perfect bottoms for him to wear. Save some money and sew shorts on your own for the men of the family. These DIY sewing projects let you update your son's wardrobes without spending big bucks. Rain or shine, your son will love wearing these shorts that you sewed just for him.

  • Big Boy Bermuda Shorts

    Complete with pockets and a fun, classy fit, these Big Boy Bermuda Shorts are a great way to sew kids' clothes.

  • Reversible Kid's Short Pattern

    These comfy and easy shorts are made out of mesh, making them the perfect pair of shorts to wear during activity.

  • Shorts for Your Shorty

    Your little guy will look absolutely adorable in this homemade garment, and it's completely budget-friendly to sew.

  • The Boy Shorts

    If you're new to making kidswear, this tutorial from  MADE Everyday pattern for baby boy shorts will guide you.

  • Incredibly Easy Patchwork Shorts

    Not only will you love creating this upcycled pair of shorts because they are so simple, but you'll also love saving money.

  • Patriotic Stars and Stripes Shorts

    This tutorial for patriotic shorts will teach you how to make shorts with step-by-step instructions and pictures.

  • Swimtime DIY Kids' Shorts

    Give your kid some summer fun for their wardrobe by creating these marvelous Swimtime DIY Kids' Shorts. 

  • Summer Boy Shorts

    Along with this shorts tutorial, you'll also learn how to sew cargo pockets into these shorts, which your boy will love.

  • Boy Cargo Shorts

    These sewing shorts instructions feature a roomy cargo pocket. Learn how to make shorts with this simple sewing project.

  • How to Sew Shorts for Kids

    Simple and easy-to-follow, these instructions will help you create some brand new shorts for your kiddo in no time.

Sew Shorts for Your Baby

Babies are very sensitive to temperatures, and you want to be sure that your little one is dressed weather-appropriate when the sun begins to shine. These baby shorts are simple to sew and comfy for your child to wear. You'll love how adorable your baby looks in these summer shorts, and you'll love how budget-friendly they are too. Don't waste money at the store to buy shorts you can sew all on your own.

  • The Timeless Bloomers

    Depending on what size shorts you decide to transform, these bloomers can be for yourself or for baby.

  • Fiji Sunsuit Pattern

    This cute little onesie includes elastic around the legs, which give the shorts a lovely ruched look.

  • Baby Linen Ruffle Shorts

    Apart from going with everything, these DIY shorts are a basic baby project that even a newer sewest can tackle.

  • Upcycled Toddler Bloomers

    Super stretchy, this pair of bloomers can fit a baby and a toddler and are really cute, functional, and cheap to make.

Refashioned Jean Shorts Ideas

Raising a family comes with a lot of expenses, especially in the clothing department. Save some money by refashioning clothes into summer shorts. You can sew these five pairs of shorts using materials you already have around the house. These environmentally friendly shorts patterns are easy to sew, and they let you expand your child's wardrobe without breaking the bank.

  • Clean Cut-Off Shorts for Boys

    Grab a pair of jeans your son has outgrown and see how easy it can be to turn those pants into good-as-new shorts.

  • Ruffly Upcycled Denim Shorts

    Grab a pair of jeans your daughter has outgrown and follow along with this tutorial to learn how to these cool shorts.

  • Ready for Summer Denim Refashion

    Your kids can have a brand new pair of shorts with some cute details in one evening after you're done with these.

  • DIY Cut Off Jean Shorts

    Don't spend your money on a new pair when your old pair can become something completely new to your wardrobe.

  • DIY Lace Shorts

    Sewing lace fabric is easier than you may think - just follow this tutorial and see this creative pair of darling shorts.

  • Bubble Free Shorts Pattern

    The Bubble Free Shorts Pattern will only take you an afternoon to make and can be created in a variety of fabrics.

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I constantly have a hard time finding pajama shorts that are the right length. Time to make my own! I especially like the Simple Shirred Waist Shorts.

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