Classic Man Boxer Shorts Pattern – A Must-Have For Summer

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Classic man boxer shorts pattern is my attempt to get more men to join the wonderful world of sewing. has very few patterns for men, and lately many of the project requests I have received through email have been from men.  I am going to be sharing a capsule wardrobe with you, starting with these boxer shorts.

classic man boxer shorts pattern
Back View

These classic boxer shorts feature and elastic waistband, front fly, and hemmed bottoms.

classic man boxer shorts pattern
Side View

classic man boxer shorts pattern
Detail view of the waistband

This classic man boxer shorts pattern makes a pair of very comfortable underwear for summer and an easy to make gift for Father's Day.


  • 1 yard of 54″ lightweight cotton
  • thread to match
  • 1 button or snap (optional)
  • 1 1/5″ wide elastic enough to go around the waist comfortably


  • sewing machine (optional)
  • seam ripper or a buttonhole puncher (optional)
  • universal sewing machine or hand sewing needle
  • erasable fabric pen
  • a ruler to add the seam allowance

Fabric Recommendations from

Sewing Level: Advanced Beginner

Although this is an easy project, basic knowledge of sewing is needed. Please review the following material prior to starting the project.

How To Print And Download The classic Man Boxer Shorts Pattern

Please use Adobe Reader, print in Landscape Mode and do not scale.

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Pattern Layout

classic man boxer shorts pattern


Size Chest Waist Hips
S 36-38 32-34 32-36
M 40-42 34-36 36-38
L 42-44 36-38 38-40
XL 44-46 38-40 40-42
2XL 48-50 40-42 42-44
3XL 52-54 42-46 44-46

Sewing Instructions

There is NO seam allowance in the pattern, I suggest a 5/8″ seam allowance.

NOTE: This is a project that could use a print that can show the right and wrong side of the fabric. I have never made this type of underwear before so I am using muslin to test the pattern out.

When I mention the left leg I mean the left leg on the body but in the picture it will look like the right leg.

There is NO button placement on the pattern nor do I mentioned it in the instructions, but if you need to apply one do so in the middle of the fly opening.

Step One: Sewing the front

The first thing you will need to do is to trace the seam allowance using an erasable pen around the crotch on both legs. As shown in the drawing below with a blue line. Trust me it will make your life easier.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Place the leg side of the shorts print side down. Fold the seam allowance on the flap. Stitch very close to the fold of the fabric I am doing it at 1/8″ so it can be seen on the photo but you should do it slightly closer to the edge.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Fold the fly and stitch the edge. Repeat on the other leg.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Print sides together, sew the crotch following the erasable pen trace you did before.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Trim the sea allowance to half and zigzag the edge.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Open the legs and place them flat print side on the table,

classic man boxer shorts pattern

making sure the fly is turned over to the left. Iron. This is for a right-handed person, reverse for a left-handed person. Iron.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Mark the waist shown in your pattern twice.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Here is where it gets a little complicated but in reality, it is easy to achieve. The point is to sew the fly leaving an opening so the person wearing these classic man boxer shorts pattern can release without taking the shorts down.

We will need to sew one leg then both legs together to achieve this.

Start by sewing one the left side a straight line to secure the fly down.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

classic man boxer shorts pattern

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Align both sides of the fly together one on top of the other. Sewing the following pattern. The space in between should measure 4″.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

classic man boxer shorts pattern

classic man boxer shorts pattern

classic man boxer shorts pattern

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Step Two: Sewing the crotch and the back

Pin the front of the boxer shorts with the back.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Sew and zigzag.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Join the back to the front with pins. Sew and zigzag.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Cut the elastic the size of the waist as shown in the measurement chart above. Fold in half and mark front, back and sides.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Mark 1/2″ around the waist where you will sew the elastic.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Pin the elastic to the shorts matching the marks.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Start sewing at the back of the shorts. Pull the elastic to match the shorts using a medium zigzag.

classic man boxer shorts pattern

classic man boxer shorts pattern

classic man boxer shorts pattern

Turn the elastic inside and sew three to five rows on the elastic. Remember to pull the elastic as you sew.

Step Three: Hemming the boxer shorts

Serge the bottom of the boxer shorts and turn the hem 1/2″.  Use a medium to small straight stitch to sew the hem.  

I ended making a larger pair for my son, I am still waiting for his feedback, but if you end up using this classic man boxer shorts pattern I will be very happy with your opinion and suggestions. Do you need to increase the waist or make the shorts longer? Please let me know in the comments section below and I will be more than happy to show you in a separate tutorial. 

The next pattern on our capsule wardrobe for men will be a t-shirt with a small v-neck.

 Until next time, Happy Sewing!

For more ideas for men who love to sew, please check out this article.

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26 Responses to Classic Man Boxer Shorts Pattern – A Must-Have For Summer

  1. Zuzana says:

    I am excited to make my first pair. I would like to make these shorts a bit longer in leg size. Maybe by 10cm. How can I do so?
    Thank you

  2. annette says:

    Hi, I am having trouble fitting the back crotch to the front. I have a lot more in the back and it makes it look like it would fit a diaper. Where did I go wrong? Thanks.

  3. Lee Balling says:

    I’ve made my first pair, for (female)me! I just never know how much elastic! I cut a larger size instead of adding seam allowance, it seemed to work ok! I think they are going to be quite comply, I’m using them as shorts this summer, cooler than wearing undies!😉 thank you!

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Lee, thanks for your review. I am truly happy you made this for yourself! Now everyone can see this work for man and woman alike!

  4. Margaret Little says:

    I have let a small donation, how do I retrieve the pattern for Boxer Shorts.
    My email address:

  5. Hi
    I just can’t seem to put the pattern together. do you have a screen shot of all pieces together.
    Also does it ask for a 1 1/5 elastic or is it a 1/5 elastic?
    any help would be great.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Carole, it is under the heading “Pattern Layout”

      • Amanda Armstrong says:

        The printed pattern does not seem to match the picture in the post. It is like it is inversed or something. I am also having a difficult time taping the pattern together.

        • Mayra Cecilia says:

          Hi Amanda, take a look at the pattern Layout picture it will help you align the two pieces of the pattern together. The grey squares measure 1″, and you are supposed to tape in rows, first 1 to 3 then 4 to 6 then 7 to 9. Then you tape the rows from top to bottom. make sure the squares measure 1″ There will be no need to cut the paper. Do not scale and use Landscape mode using Adobe Reader only to print. Hope that helps, if you are still having problems please send me an email to

  6. Brian becicka says:

    I’m a man that loves to see and just finished my boxer shorts, recycling some old flannel sheets. The fit was near perfect for a 2x size, though mixture time I will shorten the elastic to fit tighter around my waist.

  7. Joe-Kennedy Onuorah says:


  8. Berthenia says:

    Thanks for the pattern. However, I am having difficulty taping the pattern together. Do you cut on the solid lines and overlap each piece or butt them up against each one? Thanks for your response.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      There is no need to cut the pages, the grey squares should measure 1″ X 1″. The thin lines are there to help you and they also are 1″ apart.


      I need to make the pattern bigger for my son. Can you tell me how to do that if it is possible. He would probably be a 4x

  9. Robin says:

    Hello. I’m confused about the seam allowance. It says there is NO seam allowance, but in Step One, it says to trace the seam allowance around the crotch on both legs. In the picture, it looks like the seam allowance IS included here.

    So, do I ADD a 5/8 seam allowance to the pattern? Which would mean drawing off the size I need, but 5/8″ larger all around?

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      The picture I showed you is what it would look like if you added the seam allowance. Yes do add the 5/8″ to your pattern.

  10. Charlene Maguire says:

    My first thought when I saw these was “OH, this will make great summer shorts…for ME!”… but then I thought, gee, bet these are sized for a male butt and not a female. And I correct? These would have a poor fit over a full female butt?

  11. Charity Dušíková says:

    I’m so glad to see you doing this. There are really so few patterns for men and often one finds similar oens again and again. My husband wanted a chunk style short (welt pockets, side pockets, belt loops, zipper fly with button) and I found only 1 (!!!) sewing pattern on the market. So i snapped it up. Dope Men Sew is a great resouece for men. Check out @norrisdantaford on Instagram. His wife is behind Mimi G Sews. Together they’ve done a line of patterns for Simplicity that has some really interesting menswear designs.

  12. Barbara T says:

    Great tutorial! My husband loves when I make him something, but men’s’ sewing patterns are few and far between. This looks to be doable, and it is something useful that any man could wear. Thank you!

  13. Frank says:

    Thank you for starting creating patterns for men.

    Sunny Greetings from Cyprus

  14. Maria says:

    This looks like a wonderful project to sew, unfortunately my hubby doesn’t wear boxer shorts but some of my favorite shorts have been this style (for women obviously). My any chance do you have a pattern for women’s boxer-style shorts?
    Thanks so much for all the great information!

  15. Polly D says:

    This looks fantastic, but I was wondering if it could be made with stretch knit too??

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