paper bag shorts DIY

Here it is, y’all. The eagerly anticipated paper bag shorts DIY!
I tweeted about it a looooong time ago and finally got around to making (and tweaking!) another pair to post on the blog!
I created these shorts based on the Paper Bag Skirt tutorial that so many of you have fallen in love with.
These shorts are so fun to make & wear and can be easily fitted to any size.. as long as you’ve got a pair of shorts to use as a pattern.
Don’t like the paper bag portion? don’t do it! Its so easy to just make a simple elastic waist!
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things you’ll need:
a pair of loose-fitting shorts that are a good length and comfortable to you.
1″ elastic
about a yard of fabric
scissors
pins
sewing machine//thread
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leave your fabric folded from the bolt and turn your shorts inside out laying them with the front of the shorts on top of the fabric. Leaving about 1/2-3/4″ for seam allowance, cut out the shorts. Leave 6″ extra on top and 2″ extra on bottom.
Do the same for the back of the shorts.
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these are what your pieces will look like cut out. 
If you have a serger, now would be a good time to use it. If you don’t, go ahead and finish your seams as you see fit!
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Grab a front and a back that match up and pin them right sides together down the long end & sew.
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pin the inner leg and sew. 
Repeat these steps for the other side of the shorts.
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When you have the outer seam and the inner leg seams sewn, turn one leg right sides out and stick it inside the leg that is inside out.
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align the inner leg seams and pin all the way around the crotch. its a U shape. 
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now they look like clown shorts 😉
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flip your shorts inside out again and fold the waistband down about 3″. Press in place.
Sew along the edge almost all the way around the waistband, leaving about a 2″ opening for the elastic.
Measure up about 1.25″ and sew a line all the way around the top of the waistband.
Using a safety pin, insert the elastic into the casing you have created. When the elastic has reached the other end, sew a zigzag stitch over the elastic ends to keep them together and then finish the casing with a straight stitch.
Don’t forget to hem your shorts to the desired length!!
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For a different (not so high-waisted) look, only cut 4″ up from your original shorts. These will fit lower on your waist (like below)
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11 thoughts on “paper bag shorts DIY

  1. hello!! i just discovered your site, thanks to sewliberated. your shorts are lovely and i’m gonna give them a try. thank you so much so showing how to create a pattern from existing shorts and without taking them apart.

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