Free Women’s Shorts Sewing Patterns


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I have been on the lookout for free women’s shorts sewing patterns for a while now because all my purchased shorts don’t really fit anymore (the pandemic pounds are real!) and even though I’m mostly inside, summer in Arkansas is real.

I thought I would share with you some of the free women’s short patterns I have found in case you find yourself in need of some new shorts, too. And this way I’ll remember all the patterns I wanted to try!

Free Boxer Short Sewing Patterns

There are lots of great free sewing patterns for boxer shorts or pajama type shorts, and that’s a great place to start if you’ve never sewn shorts before.

These sorts of shorts are really easy to knit because there are usually at most four pattern pieces to sew and an elastic waistband to insert. You can easily finish a pair of these up in an hour or so and be ready for lounging.

I have made a couple of pairs of these Easy Women’s Boxer Shorts from Jessica Abbott, and they are definitely that. I need to make some more that are bigger, and there are 6 sizes to choose from.

Life Sew Savory has a PJ shorts pattern with two options for the inseam (2 or 6 inches) so you can have more or less coverage as you prefer. They’re available in 7 sizes.

The Pajama Shorts from Melly Sews are another cute and easy project, drafted off a pair of boxer shorts. (Size small is free and you can resize yourself or purchase her pattern that goes up to 55 inch hips.)

City Gym Shorts from Purl Soho are a little more refined than your typical boxer shorts but are great for lounging around the house. It uses a floral print and a more solid fabric, and is sized from kids age 2 up to adults with a 46 inch hip.

More Shorts Sewing Patterns

The Mother Daughter shorts from Me Sew Crazy are step up from boxers in that they use fleece instead of regular fabric. They look like super comfy lounge shorts you could probably even wear out of the house.

I’m really interested in these Weekender shorts from Craft Passion because they are a great length and they are lined. Sometimes when you make garments out of quilting type cotton they come out a little more see-through than you’d like, so the lining is a great touch. And they have pockets!

Another cute one from Melly Sews (free in one size) is the bias trim shorts, which look like classic track shorts made with knit fabric and bias tape trim.

The Piper Shorts from Mood Fabrics are super cute and trendy, with cuffed hems, a paper bag waist, belt tie and patch pockets on the back. These were made with linen but you can use other fabrics as well.

If you like pleats, check out the Floral Pleated Shorts with a Bow from Cotton and Curls. These shorts are also lined, cuffed, have an elastic waistband and a bow belt accent.

A slightly higher level of difficulty comes with the Jimmy Shorts from Fine Motor Skills. These have a zipper closure, are lined and pleated and have pockets. They’re super cute and definitely worth the extra effort.

Do you have any favorite free women’s shorts sewing patterns? I’m definitely in the market and will let you know which ones I try out!

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