DIY Mama & Me Ruffle Shorts Tutorial

by | Jul 28, 2016 | Baby, Toddler & Children's Clothing, DIY & Crafts, Women's Clothing

Good Day fellow crafters,

This Texas heat has really been getting to me lately.

It could be because I am pregnant…..

but I am leaning more towards it’s just so freaking hot here. And since it’s frowned upon to go outside naked, I have started putting my good ol’ sewing machine to some serious work. It all started with making adorable shorts for Ava, which turned into kind of an addiction really, but when you see how cute these tiny shorts are… how could it not be an addiction to make more?

Then I decided that since my pregnant self is slowly no longer starting to fit into my shorts anymore, so why not make myself a pair of cute ruffle shorts as well? Best part? Not only do I match my sweet little girl, but I can always go back and unstitch later to make them smaller after baby Luna gets here!

And to that I say… Cool Beans!

DIY Mama & Me Ruffle Shorts Tutorial

DIY Mama & Me Ruffle Shorts Tutorial
You just need a pair of shorts that fit your little one perfectly and 2 awesome fabric prints to start! I typically get my fabrics online from Hart’s Fabric, they have a great selection of prints and include quite a bit of organic fabrics. YAY!
DIY Mama & Me Ruffle Shorts Tutorial

This post for some reason is experiencing a loss in it’s tutorial due to the plug in I use. Please be patient as I work hard at retrieving my backup and updating this post. Thank you very much! 

1. Fold your shorts fabric in half with wrong sides together.

2. Fold your shorts in half & place on top of fabric.

3. Draw an outline tracing the shorts, leaving about 1/2” – 1” for the seam allowance.

4. Next cut outline, you should have two pieces.

5 .Now take on piece that you just cut and place on top of fabric folded wrong sides together and cut alongside. You should now have 4 pieces.

DIY Mama & Me Ruffle Shorts Tutorial

6. Take your two front pieces and place them right sides together, do the same for the back two pieces.

7. Sew & serge your front pieces together excluding the crotch area. Repeat for the back.

8. You now have one front piece and one back piece. Now we are going to place them right sides together & pin on each side as well as the crotch area.

DIY Mama & Me Ruffle Shorts Tutorial

9. Sew & serge.

10. You should now have a pair of basic shorts once turned right side out.

11. Next we are going to create the waist. Fold your fabric inwards a little over 1/2” for your little ones & 1” for yourself. (we want to be able to fit our elastic in so make sure to make it a little bit bigger than your elastic)

12. Sew all around the waist, leaving about an inch opened.

13. Insert a safety pin on one end of your elastic and thread through the waist.

14. Sew a zig zag stitch on your elastic making a full circle.

15. Sew the remainder of your waist closed.

DIY Mama & Me Ruffle Shorts Tutorial

16. Measure the length of fabric around your leg holes and write them down.

17. Take that measurement and either add half (which is what I did) or completely double it, to make a more ruffled short. Also write down that number.

18. Now take your ruffle fabric and measure out 4” wide for your shorts & 3” for your little one’s shorts.

19. Cut 2 ruffle strips in the number written down for you & repeat for your little.

20. Fold your strips in half & pin. (I like to iron before pinning to help make the ruffles look smoother)

21. Baste stitch your ruffles getting quite close to the raw edges as possible

22. Next pull your bottom thread creating a ruffle to the original leg size you wrote down, for each of your strips.

23. Pin your ruffles to the shorts right sides together and raw edges sticking out. Be sure not to get your ruffles twisted when pinning. Fold ends together & pin.

24. Sew & serge.

25. Next sew a top stitch about 1/4-1/2 an inch above your ruffles, ensuring that that serge is being sewn under the fabric. This helps the ruffles stick out and the top stitch looks nice.

DIY Mama & Me Ruffle Shorts Tutorial
DIY Mama & Me Ruffle Shorts Tutorial

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Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

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