March 11, 2022 8 min read

You've been looking everywhere for the perfect pair of board shorts. Unfortunately, you can't seem to find anything that fits you just right. You're sick of the pants that you always like to wear, and your last pair got completely destroyed by the washing machine. This is a great opportunity to learn how to make your own board shorts, so you can have a nice pair for every day. Additionally, a lot of businesses want to make their own clothes, or at least their own clothing items. If you are one of them, this guide is for you. Let us help you to create your own custom boardshorts and be proud of them.

The Advantages of Choosing Your Design. Making Own Boardshorts for Men

Making your own board shorts is a fun way to show off your personal style. You can find an old pair of jeans or purchase a pair of durable fabric that's comfortable to wear in the warm weather. After the proper measurements are taken, all you need are scissors, an iron, an ironing board, thread needle, buttons, pockets, belt loops, snap buttons, or Velcro.

One advantage making your own board shorts has is the fact that you can make the perfect size for yourself without having to purchase a pair that may not fit you well.

Another advantage to making your own board shorts is you can customize your design with any design you want. But first, design your own board shorts and choose a fabric and accessories if needed.

Sewing Your Own Board Shorts. Fabrics and Equipment

Due to higher costs of living, many people are looking for ways to make their own custom clothes. This is especially true in the case of board shorts. Fortunately, this isn't too difficult to do.

Looking back to 2000's it was a bit difficult to find information regarding any tutorial and you could only shop around. However, today, thanks to Youtube and Google any Internet user can easily find any tutorial to make your own swim shorts with different patterns, canvas and much more. So, you'll need the following supplies to get started: 4 yards of fabric, 1 yard of reinforcing fabric, 1 yard of lining fabric, 1 yard of elastic, a sewing machine and thread, iron and ironing board, ruler, scissors, straight pins, and a tape measure.

Things to Keep in Mind for Your Custom Men's Boardshorts

Now, you will need pattern paper and a pen/pencil to make your custom board shorts design incredible. You can use pattern paper that you can find at sewing or fabric stores. There are also websites that offer downloadable patterns for your custom clothes for free.

Once your pattern is cut out, you will need to trace them onto your fabric (preferably fabric that is more heavy-duty). After you trace the pattern onto the fabric, you will need to sew it together and cut out the pieces.

Once all of the pieces of the swim shorts are cut out, you need to hem the bottom and sides and then cut out a waistband and sew it to the shorts. You can then attach the straps on each side of your swim trunks.

Step 1: Pick the Right Material

One of the most popular summer activities is watersports, and one of the best ways to enjoy it is by wearing a swimsuit. Some people prefer to wear a swimsuit that they can wear to a public pool or a beach.

For these people, swimsuits that cover the entire body are the best option. Swimsuits that cover the entire body often have a cut that goes from one side of the hip to the other. Another style of swimsuit is a two-piece. A two-piece swimsuit is a garment that has two parts: a top piece and a bottom piece. The top may be a shirt or a bra, but the bottom piece is always a pair of shorts. The most common styles of swimsuit shorts are men's boardshorts.

Step 2: Cut the pattern

After you cut the pattern, the next step is to hem the edge of the fabric. Stitch down the edge of the fabric tight to the finished edge for the bottom of the short, and then stitch over the edge of the fabric to create a double stitch or zigzag stitch.

Step 3: Prepare the pockets

This is the third step of the process. 1. Decide how many pockets you want at the front of your board shorts. 2. Cut the fabric for the pockets out. The opening should be about half an inch wide. 3. sew the opening shut, then lay the pocket down flat to cut the other three corners. 4. Sew two opposite corners together to form a pocket. Repeat for the other two. 5. Sew in elastic for each pocket if you want them to close when in use. As you can see it is very easy to make your own board shorts.

Step 4: Thread and sew the surfboard shorts

In this step, I started the threading process by sewing the bottom waistband and side seams of the surfboard short fabric pieces. This is the last step before the actual assembly of the board shorts.

Finishing the Board Shorts

Board shorts are a staple for every summer beach trip. The problem is a good pair of board shorts can be expensive. With a little time and patience, you can make a high-quality board short right in your own home.

Sewing the Side Seams

Board shorts are a staple of summer, and custom board shorts are a great way to get the perfect size and style. Below are simple steps for sewing side seams on a pair of board shorts.

  • Step One: Cut two long strips of fabric between 40 inches and 50 inches in length
  • Step Two: Cut a smaller piece of fabric for the lining, about a 10-inch strip. Make sure it is at least a little bit longer than the length of the board shorts.
  • Step Three: Sew the two long strips together. Fold the two strips in half, from the selvages to the center.
sewing material

Print Board Shorts

Print board shorts are the perfect way to show off your personality while staying cool and comfortable on a hot day. They are made of lightweight fabric and typically have a shorter inseam than traditional board shorts, making them a perfect choice for summer activities like swimming or sunbathing.

Many print board shorts also include a built-in mesh liner to help keep you cool and dry.

Additional Information

It can be fun to make your own board shorts. Turn your hobby into a great business. There are a few different ways to make them, and all of them are easy. You can use a regular pair of men's swim trunks as a pattern, or you can use a board short pattern. If you want to make a board short pattern, you can find one online. If you're using a regular pair of men's swim trunks as a pattern, you'll need to cut the legs off at the knee. Then, you'll need to fold the waistband over about 1 1/2 inches and stitch it in place. Finally, you'll need to hem the bottom of the shorts.

Benefits of Short Board Shorts

If you like swim shorts- design your own. Summertime is the perfect time to hit the beach and enjoy the sun and waves. While there are many different types of swimsuits to choose from, board shorts are a popular and practical choice. Board shorts are a type of swim trunk that is typically shorter in length than traditional swim trunks. They come in a variety of colors and styles and are made from a variety of materials, including polyester and cotton. There are a number of benefits to wearing short board shorts. First, they are comfortable and provide a lot of freedom of movement. Second, they are perfect for active pursuits, such as swimming, surfing, and kayaking.

Build Your Own Design-Line

Summer is quickly approaching and that means one thing…it’s time to break out your custom boardshort! If you’re like most people, you probably just grab a pair of board shorts from your local retailer and call it good. But what if you could have a unique pair of board shorts that reflect your personal style? With Build Your Own Board Shorts, you can do just that! This website allows you to create a custom pair of board shorts that perfectly reflects your personal style. You start by selecting the style and color of your board shorts, and then you can choose from a variety of prints and patterns. You can even add your own text or logo while creating your design.

men in board shorts

How to Choose Fabric to Create Your Board Shorts

When it comes to board shorts, there are a few things you need to consider before making your purchase. The most important factor to think about is the fabric. Board shorts can be made from a variety of materials, so it’s important to choose the right one for you. If you’re looking for a pair of shorts that will be comfortable and durable, then you should consider choosing a fabric like cotton or polyester. If you’re looking for something a little more stylish, then you may want to consider a fabric like silk or linen. No matter what material you choose, make sure you take the time to find a pair of board shorts that fit you well.

Trending Board Short Designs

It is no secret that the swim trunk is enjoying a moment in the sun (pun intended). This summer, the face swim trunk is all the rage. Celebrities like Justin Bieber, Drake, and The Weekend have all been spotted out and about in their face swim trunks, and now the general public is taking notice. What is it about this style of custom face swim shorts that has everyone so excited? One reason for the popularity of face swim trunks maybe that they offer a more modest look than traditional swim trunks. While some men may feel self-conscious about their legs or buttocks, a face swim trunk leaves a little more to the imagination.


If you like to create your own boardshorts then with some basic sewing skills, you can easily make your own collection. All you need is a sewing machine and the right tools for cutting and taping. By following these easy steps, anyone can sew their own elastic waist board shorts in no time! 

Usually, women are the ones who will make cool women's board shorts, but men have been doing that better and better in recent years. Before you enter the water, be sure to make sure that your board short is well tied.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you surf in swim trunks?

It depends on the type of trunks you have. If they have a swimsuit bottom underneath, then yes. If they are like the denim shorts some people like to wear at the beach, no. These denim shorts do not provide sufficient flotation, leaving you at risk of drowning if you drown. It also puts people around you at risk of your being dragged underwater and drowning out.

How long should board shorts be?

This depends on the preference of the person. Shorts that are obviously too long or too short suggest a lack of care or detail. Also, board shorts must be worn to conform to the relevant national and local regulations.

Author - Olivia Poglianich
Olivia Poglianich          

Content Strategist

Olivia Poglianich is a nomadic brand strategist and copywriter in the surf, watersports and outdoor adventure space who has worked with brands such as Visa, Disney and Grey Goose. Her writing has taken her all over the world, from a Serbian music festival to a Malaysian art and culture event. Olivia is a graduate of Cornell University and is often writing or reading about travel, hospitality, the start-up ecosystem or career coaching. Her latest interests are at the intersection of web3 and communal living, both on and offline.

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