We spend a lot of nights (and mornings) in our PJ's outdoors during the summer. I wanted to make the girls something cute, cool and girly! Plus, I have a lot of cute scraps and this project doesn't take a whole lot of fabric (the shorts for my two youngest girls took only 1/2 yard each)
Let's get started!
First things first, you need to have a favorite Pajama pants pattern. I bought mine at Walmart for around 3 dollars. I transferred all my kids sizes onto news paper and put them into a little manilla folder which I use ALL the time! I use the PJ pants pattern for their Ruffle Pants as well. I think it's really important to know your pattern with this one. Do you like the inseam to be long or short? Do you like the legs straight or flared? Tight fitting or loose? I've adjusted my patterns a little bit to get them just right for each of my kiddos. I found this pattern on Amazon that I thought looked pretty cute and might be a good one to start with...
For these shorts you will also need wide ric rac and ribbon for the tie.
Once you've cut the pattern out, fold the legs up to the length you want your shorts to be, pin them to the fabric, and follow all the PJ pants directions clear up until the hemming of the bottom. Here's where the cool trick comes in... (I apologize for the tutorial pic quality, they were taken with my phone)
Fold and press the bottom of your shorts legs (folding just once over)
Then sew your fat ric rac (or whatever trim you desire) around the front side of each leg. As you can see in the picture I try to center the ric rac so that the center of the ric rac is running right over the bottom of the hem. Try to sew a straight line right across the center.
When your done with that, fold the whole hem under again (this creates a double hem)
And then press, and top stitch over that. I love the effect the "half peeking out ric rac" creates. I wouldn't even know what to name that...anyone?
Easy peasy cutie patootie!!