Monday, November 26, 2012


I sleep in boxers every night and I love it! Especially soft cotton boxer shorts which are harder and harder to find!  I decided it was time to start making my own with cotton fabric that I liked and it was surprisingly easier than I thought!  Here's the down low on how to make your own boxers. A great gift idea and a nice alternative to full length pajama bottoms.
My fancy boxers just hanging out there for the whole world to see!
Here's the DIY video
 You'll need:
Old pair of boxers to take apart for a pattern
Sewing machine with zigzag capability
1 yard of fabric per pair
Fiskars pinking shears
Fabric marker
2" wide ruler
Straight pins
1" wide elastic to go around your waist
Matching thread
 Cut down the center front and up the center back of the old boxers shorts, right on the seam
On one half, cut up the inseam (the leg seam) 
 Cut off the elastic right at the stitch line as shown
Press your pattern and place it on your folded fabric
Trace around your pattern like this:
2" across the top where the waist band is,
1/2 around the center front seam (crotch seam) and center back seam (butt seam) and down the leg seams,
1" across the hem.
When it's marked, carefully cut it out.  You will be cutting two layers of fabric.
 Measure the elastic for the waist band and add 1"
 Stitch the waist band in a loop to create a big rubber band.
With the right sides of the fabric together and using 1/2" seam allowance, stitch down the center front and center back of the boxers. 
Pink the edges after you've sewn them. 
 Line up the inseam and stitch across using 1/2" seam allowance
Trim with the pinking shears
Evenly pin the elastic around the waist of the boxers. 
 Stretch the elastic and zigzag it to the top of the boxers all the way around.
Fold the stitched elastic inside 
 Stitch all the way around again using a zigzag stitch while you stretch the elastic.
Turn your hem in 1/2" and then another 1/2" and straight stitch around each leg.  This is called a turn and turn hem.
You're done!

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