Ruffle Boxer Shorts

Hi all! Hope you had a great weekend. I spent mine working on sewing projects and photography and photo editing. I have these moments of stress where I feel like, How am I going to keep coming up with things to sew to share??? But I’m just taking deep breaths and taking it day by day :) I’m hoping to make something for my son this week and maybe some accessories for Lainey. For now my goal is going to be sharing 2 projects a week, so I hope that’s enough to keep you all coming back ;)


A few weeks ago I bought a men’s button up shirt at the thrift store planning on making it into a dress, but once I got it home I had a new idea for it…

Ruffle Boxer Shorts

I had seen the cutest little ruffled boxer shorts on Pinterest over and over but with no tutorial so I decided to make some myself and get a tutorial out there!!

I started with this men’s XL button up. It’s a very floral men’s shirt!! lol

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

I used a pair of Lainey’s comfy shorts to get my basic pattern.

Ruffled Boxer ShortsI cut 2 pieces with the flowers facing up like this, and then I took one of those pieces and turned it over and cut two pieces like that.

Ruffled Boxer ShortsThis way you’ll end up with 2 front pieces and 2 back pieces.

Ruffled Boxer ShortsPut 1 front piece on 1 back piece “right” sides together, do the same with the other 2 pieces. Then sew along the curved (crotch) edge up to the waist. Crotch is such a gross word!! hahaha, sorry I couldn’t think of a different word to use. Finish all of your edges on these shorts with a zig zag stitch because fabric like this will fray over time and in the wash. (ignore that mine isn’t zig zagged, I waited until the very end to do them all)

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

After that I drew a curved line on the outside corner with a pencil. I totally just eyeballed it and then used the piece I just cut off as a stencil on the other side to make sure they matched.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts Open up these pieces and put them on top of each other “right” sides together. Sew up the outside edges and along the inside leg seam. Make sure to zig zag finish the edge again.


Next make a casing for an elastic waist by folding down the waist a quarter of an inch and pressing, then folding down another inch and pressing. (I used 3/4 inch elastic, if you’re using wider or narrower elastic you will want to make your casing smaller or bigger accordingly) Sew around the bottom of the casing leaving an inch open for inserting the elastic. After inserting the elastic sew that opening closed.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

All that’s left now is the ruffles!! Cut 2 long pieces of coordinating fabric an inch wide and 1 1/2 times the length of your leg opening. My leg opening was 14 inches around so I cut my fabric 21 inches long.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

That blue fabric is actually from a bed sheet that I bought to make curtains for my son’s room! When I noticed how well it coordinated with my men’s shirt it’s what made me want to make boxers instead!

Fold the long pieces in half “hotdog” style and press. Sew a running stitch along the top (the side that isn’t the fold). Don’t secure the threads on either end by tying them or back-stitching. This way you can pull on the bottom thread and turn this long piece into a ruffle. (Click here to see a detailed post on How to Make a Ruffle)

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

Once you’ve turned them both into ruffles attach them to the bottom of the shorts. Start by folding over the edge and pinning, then adjust your ruffle as you pin to make sure you can make it all the way around the leg opening.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

Just follow along the curve of the leg and fold a little at the top if you need to.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

When you get all the way around fold over the edge again and overlap just a bit. Then cut off any extra ruffle you have left.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

Now sew right along that stitch line on the ruffle all the way around the leg opening. Sew together where the beginning and and of the ruffle meet with a few stitches.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

Zig zag around that whole edge to prevent fraying.

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

Now just press the ruffle down and top stitch around the edge of where the ruffle meets the shorts!

Ruffled Boxer Shorts

I love that step. It looks so pretty!! Lainey loves her boxer shorts and says they’re perfect for playing soccer :) Honestly, they may basically be pj shorts but I think they’re definitely cute enough for a day of play!

Ruffled Boxer Shorts Tutorial

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4 Comments on Ruffle Boxer Shorts

  1. Susan
    March 17, 2014 at 11:22 pm (11 months ago)

    So cute!!!

  2. Amanda
    March 23, 2014 at 3:32 pm (10 months ago)

    These turned out so cute! I love the ruffles and they fit her perfectly! :)

  3. Fernanda
    March 24, 2014 at 7:20 am (10 months ago)

    Love the shorts!

  4. nadia
    March 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm (10 months ago)

    Love the short..super cute!!


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