Explorer Shorts Unisex PDF sewing pattern

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Hey There! Meet the Explorer Shorts, designed for adventures and exploring. The pockets are deep and wide enough to carry treasures, letters, money, rocks and whatever else it is your little one likes to collect. The elasticised waistband with a flat front makes this pattern both comfy to wear and easy for kiddos to dress themselves – an easy way to let them gain independence. The Explorer Shorts come with 2 length options, short and long.

Like their sister, The Explorer Skirt, the Explorer Shorts are quick and fun to make.

It’s also a great stash buster: mix & match the front and back pieces, or even chop up the pockets using the pocket pattern hack. The comfy fit, length options and fairly quick construction makes the Explorer Shorts perfect for gift giving or to sell.

Sizes 1 year (12m) -10 years

The sizing is fit for age, in yearly increments with the bonus inclusion of 18 months between sizes 1 and 2.

Fabric requirments:

Main shorts pieces:


Size 1-5: .6 m (60cms) {.65 yards}

Size 4-10: 1.2m (120cms) {1.4 yards}

Pocket piece

.30m (30cms) OR two pieces of scrap fabric 35cm x 35cm {.35 yards}

Tools needed:

Sewing machine
Overlocker (would be handy and quick but SO not necessary)
Safety Pin
Iron – for pressing seams and hems
A quick unpick. Well, not really, but if you are bull-at-a-gateish like me, yeah you will. I’m not impatient, I’m enthusiastic.

Skill Level

Beginner. Maybe if you’ve never touched a sewing machine before you might want to find something with less steps as your first crack, but if you can/are willing to ask The Google how to:

top stitch
iron on interfacing
then you’ll be good to go.


This is a downloadable PDF sewing pattern. You will not be sent a paper copy. After purchasing your pattern, you will be sent an email with the links to the pattern pieces and the instructions. If for some reason your email gets gobbled by an inbox goblin, you can access your downloads by logging into your account on the My Account page.

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By purchasing this pattern you agree to the terms and conditions of using the pattern. The pattern is for your personal use, please do not share it, instead, please direct others wishing to use it to www.heytherethreads.com . You may sell the garments you make with this pattern, but please do not sell the pattern. The pattern is protected by copyright law and should not be copied or resold in any way.

Average review
great easy pattern xxx love
Sep 30, 2016 by Marina Saraceno
Just fabulous! Fast transaction!! Super easy pattern to follow !!
Feb 16, 2016 by Hannah Clark
Easy to follow and the store owner was friendly and quick to respond to my questions.
Jan 8, 2016 by KraftyKimberlyKreate
Dec 17, 2015 by Lisa H
perfect pattern thank you so much
Aug 25, 2015 by carolynfromoz

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