How to Make Boy Shorts!




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Intro: How to Make Boy Shorts!

Haven't done laundry in a while? Need some more underwear? Well, take a lesson from Rob and Ruffeo Hearts Lil' Snotty and turn your old t-shirts into a pair of boy shorts! And put off doing laundry for another day... Watch the full Episode here!

Step 1: Gathering Materials

First thing to do is to draw out a design. Then take out a t-shirt, you can use the same sleeves but Maxwell uses sleeves from another t-shirt to spruce up the color. You'll also need to have a strip of elastic for the band- the sleeves will be the boy shorts legs

Step 2: Sketching Out the Pattern

Cut open the t-shirt so you can center up the pattern. Measure your waist. Since cotton has a way of stretching out take off about three to four inches. Fold the length of the measuring tape in half and use tailors chalk to sketch out the pattern on the open t-shirt. The front has a little bit of the arc while the back just has a straight line so draw accordingly.

Step 3: Cut It Out

To get the nicest symmetrical shape, fold the fabric in half and get out some scissors or a rotary knife and just follow the white lines. Take out your shirt sleeves and cut down the seem or use a seem ripper and then align fabric with the shorts and pin together.

Step 4: Putting All Together

Measure the waist band (your piece of elastic) and pin- elastic is forgiving so it doesn't have to be perfect.Line up the waist band-stretch it out and sew with a straight stitch. Maxwell sews the sides first, then sews the leg pieces next, and lastly the waist band. Sew slowly to make sure there's no bunching. Once your done sewing just cut off any loose threads and you've got a some new undies!

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    12 Discussions


    4 years ago

    I just wanted to see rob wear them


    9 years ago on Introduction

    those look more like a guy's bxer briefs except they don't leave much room n front.or maybe just pantyhose made from shirt with the legs cut off. But i ess they'd do just for a laundry day type of situation.
    Girl's boyshorts usually are just a little longer in the leg than regular panties .
    like this picture here boyshorts


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is nice, but why not just use a single mismatched sock?

    I have to agree with mikeasaurus these 'boy shorts' are they for men or women?... they look like 'female boxers' to me, if they are for guys they don't look very comfy and have no support.. let alone looking a bit feminine... I'd rather do some washing lol some clarification of what boy shorts are is my only suggestion to an otherwise good instructable

    4 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, lots of guys commenting.
    Boy shorts are a style of women's underwear like briefs, bikini, or hi-cut.
    It's just a style for women. From experience, they don't ride up as bad as other styles and they are pretty comfy.
    If you guys want to wear them, knock yourself out. But you are right, they WILL be uncomfortable.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I see.. I would call those girl boxers (unless that's a brand name that hasn't become a brand eponym yet). When I read "boy shorts" I imagined something more like boardies- very loose roughly 3/4 shorts for boys.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Nah, boxers are too floppy. They're more like a skimpier version of boxer briefs.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Errrm, isn't there a fundamental basic design flaw here to call it boy shorts?