Learn how to make DIY boxer shorts and you will never have to buy this garment ever again! Boxer shorts make such comfortable undies or sleepwear on hot summer nights. Even I love wearing boxers to sleep! Sewing DIY boxer shorts is also super easy–fun, even. But the icing on the cake is the money I save from making boxers on my own. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started with these DIY boxer shorts to sew for everyone in the family!
How to Make DIY Boxer Shorts From Scratch
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Pinking shears
- Ruler (2″ wide)
- Straight pins
- Fabric pencil
- Matching threads
- Sewing machine with zigzag stitching
Step 1. Cut Your Old Boxer Shorts
For this DIY boxer shorts tutorial, we will learn how to make boxers without a pattern. We will use some old boxer shorts instead as a pattern for the DIY shorts. Take out a pair of boxer shorts with some wear and tear because we are are going to cut it up.
Step 2. Iron the Cut Fabric
Lay your shorts fabric flat on your working table and iron to press. This is important if you want to make straight lines while outlining the cut fabric shorts on your new fabric. This will also make it easier for you to work on the fabric. You won’t have to run your hands over it every now and then when marking the outlines or stitching.
Step 3. Fold your Fabric
Fold your fabric in half so you have 2 layers of fabric back to back. You can now start to measure and outline your cut short pattern into the new fabric.
Step 4. Measure and Mark your Fabric
Using your fabric marker and ruler, start with the waistline and measure 2 inches from the top or the waistline of the cut shorts pattern. Work down the center back and leg seam, adding half an inch. Also, add a half-inch allowance to the center front and leg seam. Down the hem, add an inch as you outline and mark the pattern.
Step 5. Cut the Lines
Now for the easiest part, simply cut straight along your marked outlines.
Step 6. Measure your Waistband
Measure your waistband with the same length as the shorts you used, adding 1 and a half inch.
Step 7. Work on the Elastic
Overlap three-fourths of an inch of both ends of the elastic. Run the overlapping part of the elastic under the machine to stitch and join.
Step 8. Stitch and Trim
We will now work on the cut fabric and start stitching to make the boxer shorts. Start with the center front and center back. Match the right sides together and sew straight up the marked outline.
Trim the seams with pinking shears. This is so your fabric will stop from fraying or falling apart. You can also reinforce your stitches with a serger stitch, but that will require a serger sewing machine.
Now, match the inseams as perfectly aligned as you possibly can and stitch them together. Also, cut along the inseams with your pair of pinking shears.
Step 9. Pin and Stitch
Slide your elastic waistband into the wrong side of what is to be the waistline in the fabric. Align the part where the elastic connects to the front center of the waist, then, tuck a straight pin to join.
Do the same for the back center of the elastic and the fabric. Stitching the elastic to the waistline can be a bit tricky. You will need to stretch the elastic as you maneuver it with the fabric under the sewing machine.
Sew a zigzag stitch through the top of the elastic. Once done, you will need to fold the stitched elastic inwards. Stitch again using the same sewing technique. You can now do a straight stitch on the top and bottom of the waistband.
Fold the hem inwards at half an inch from the wrong side of the bottom of the fabric. Fold another half an inch and do a straight stitch around the leg opening.
Easy and Breezy!
Now, wasn’t that simple, fun, and easy? With a bunch of boys in the house, I needed to learn how to make boxer shorts from scratch. Buying new pairs of boxer shorts every few months or so can really make a huge dent in the budget. Lucky, these easy and simple DIY boxer shorts took care of that for me. Now, I can make several pairs for my hubby, the kids, and even for me!
You might also want to make these summer shorts for yourself. Why not re-purpose your skirts into summer shorts? Hunt for the perfect material in your closet now!
Here’s the full video tutorial on Easy DIY | How To Make Boxer Shorts by Mark Montano. Enjoy!
This easy DIY guide should also work for you. Only think of the savings you will make from making your own DIY boxer shorts with the fabric and possibly the style you like. You can even make some extra cash from this project if you know what I mean. I mean, what is the use of internet and social media for?! This weekend, have a fun time making these DIY sewing projects for everyone in the family!
Did you enjoy this latest sewing tutorial? Do you already have your tools and materials ready for your next boxer shorts sewing project? Let us know in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 11, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.