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)
  • Scissors
  • 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.


Terms and Conditions

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.


Explorer Pocket Pattern Hack
Finish your Explorer Pocket with Bias Binding
How to finish seams without an overlocker
How to print with layers
Where to buy fabric online


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