How to Make Shorts. Making shorts may seem intimidating to a sewing novice, but you can actually put together a pair of comfortable elastic shorts with only a little work, time, and patience. Make your pattern.
Making Shorts Out of Pants Lay a pair of shorts that are the perfect length over the pants, matching waist band to waist band. Allow about an inch and a half below the legs of the shorts (for the hem) and cut off the pant legs.