Summer Shorts Patterns (With Tween Sizes!)

Summer Shorts Patterns (With Tween Sizes!)

Best Summer Shorts Patterns | PDFs with Tween Sizes

These are our picks for the best summer shorts patterns! They were chosen with the help of real kids. For more awesome  patterns, check out the Tween PDF Pattern MasterList.

Some patterns in this post are affiliate links. That means if you purchase a pattern from one of my links, I could receive a small commission; at no additional cost to you. I display my affiliates buttons on my right side bar too…in case you feel like shopping later:)

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Gidget Shorts by Felicity Sewing Patterns, size 2-14

Gidget Shorts by Felicity Sewing Patterns | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Gidget Shorts are cute and girly. The bias trim is a fun detail; and your sporty girls will love it without the bows too.

Girls Chino Shorts from Blaverry, size 9 months-12 years

Girls Chinos from blaverry | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

My daughter found Blaverry patterns and fell in love with the Girls Chino Shorts. The 2014 Nautical Collection is no longer available. (sorry!) Check out current patterns for bottomshere.

Racerback Crop Tank & Jazz Shorts by TumblenTwirl

Jazz Shorts & Racerback Crop Tank | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Jazz Shorts are so versatile. They work for everyday wear or swim gear. TumblenTwirl has the largest selection of dance and sportswear patterns available for tweens.

Hampton Shorts by Greenstyle Creations, size 2-14

Hampton Shorts by Greenstyle Creations | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Hampton Shorts are Julian’s pick, because “Everybody would wear these. They’re cool.” Moms will appreciate the simple, comfy design and drawstring waist for easy fit and longer wear.

The Summer Sailors from BG Originals, 6 months-12 years

Summer Sailors from BG Originals | Tween PDF Pattern MasterList

I’ve admired the Summer Sailors for sooo long! Easily customizable, these flat front shorts have a tailored look.

Lakeside Cargo Shorts by Ellie Inspired, size 2-12

Lakeside Cargo Shorts from Ellie Inspired | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Cargo shorts are a staple! Kids could just live in these, right?!

Paperbag Shorts from Elle Garrett Designs, 18 months-12 

Paperbag Shorts from Elle Garrett Designs | Tween PDF Pattern MasterList

Simple, quick Paperbag Shorts. I’d spend a day assembly line sewing these and fill a drawer for summer! It would be fun to play with different fabrics too.

Long Beach Board Shorts from Terra’s Treasures

Long Beach Board Shorts from Terra's Treasures | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Long Beach Board Shorts are so cute- and you get a lot of bang for your buck. Its a summer  shorts pattern that is truly co-ed with a broad size range, 3 months -14 years.

Sassy Shorts from Ginger Baby Patterns, 12 months- 12 years

Sassy Shorts from GingerBaby Patterns | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Sassy Shorts are basic shorts with pockets kids can’t live without. GingerBaby Patterns are the most well written instructions I’ve ever used. See my review of the Active Classics Everyday Knit Pants & Shorts? for a peek inside the PDF.

Classic Chinos from Peekaboo Patterns, 3 months-12 years

Classic Chinos from Peekaboo Patterns | Tween PDF Pattern MasterList

Classic Chinos from PAB are still on my “to sew” list. From what I hear; this is the pattern to learn zip flys. My Tween Sewing Survival Guide has a list of sewing techniques I’ve been working on- essential to sewing for older kids. Zip flys are the last thing I need to conquer!

Chapters Long Pants / Shorts from Petit Bebe, newborn-12 

Chapters Long Pants / Shorts from Petit Bebe | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Chapsters are really fun. It’s not as easy to mix fabric prints on boys clothing; so the back yoke and curved side seam are a great design element.

Buccaneer BBall Shorts from Patterns for Pirates

Buccaneer BBall Shorts from Patterns for Pirates | Tween PDF Pattern MasterList

Buccaneer BBall Shorts have a huge size range, from 3 months up to 16 years. Patterns For Pirates has become such a heavy hitter for tween sewing. There is also an adorable girls version of basketball shorts, the Sporty Shorties. I’m dying to review them for you soon!

Readers, please bear with me while I make some upgrades to my Tween Pattern MasterList. Now that we’re on our 3rd month of this series, our list is getting longer. I’ll be dividing our list up into categories so we can find what we need faster. I have lots of good stuff in store for you! As always, thanks so much for your visit.


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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Cindy

    I’ve only heard of about 3 of those patterns so lots of new to me ones to check out. I love the Gidget and Hampton patterns!
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  2. Chelsea

    Great round up! I know a lot of people like to get those larger sizes

  3. Jennifer Lachman

    I’m loving those lakeside cargo shorts. I added them to my wishlist. It’s so hard to find patterns for tween boys. He’s in that stage where he works really hard to look like he doesn’t care what he wears.

  4. Mel

    cute cute cute, I really love those first ones, maybe I should get you to send me the actual measurements to see if they would fit Elizabeth. On the other hand it’s day two of Winter, while we don’t have snow I am not sure we are warm enough for shorts :)
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  5. Gina

    Thanks for the summer shorts list!! You always save me so much time with your lists so I don’t have to hunt for patterns. There are a few new to me pattern makers here.
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  6. Kelley

    Omgerd those gidget shorts are adorable! Do they make them in big girl sizes? Aka my size?! LOL! (Don’t answer that.. we both know I’d look extremely awkward in them.)
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