How to create your own boxing shorts

Updated July 20, 2017

If you are an athlete and enter any ring sport, you may want to create your own trunks or boxing shorts. Creating a style of your own is a part of the persona of professional athletes. Nylon and satin are the most widely used fabric on boxing trunks. This is the proper way to create your own trunks and have an attractive final product.

Measure your model or person wearing the trunks. Most sizes for trunks are S, M, L, XL, 3L and 4L. Measure the waist area down to about two inches above the knees for longer trunks, or mid-thigh, 6 to 8 inches down, for shorter trunks.

Lay out the fabric and begin to create the pattern of the trunks. Carefully cut the fabric into the proper sizes and remember to leave some extra fabric on each side and the bottoms to allow for seams. Pin the material together and move to the sewing area.

Sew the seams of the shorts together from the bottom up the sides to the waist area. Use single stitches first to ensure the seams are aligned, then apply a second stitch. Once both sides are done, open the top of the fabric and insert the elastic waistband. You will need to use a double stitch on this area to tightly secure the elastic to the material.

Once the shorts begin to take shape, you can take the border pieces and apply them down the sides of the shorts. Using a double stitch, carefully align the borders with a small space between each on both sides, so it gives the effect of blending in with the material.

Trim any excess material or loose strings. On the bottom of the shorts, sew the hem together to make a smooth crease along the bottom of the shorts. This will help create a uniformity and smooth look to the shorts, giving it a clean, square look in front and back.

Placing your name or gym on the trunks is very popular. Using pre-cut lettering, space the letters across the front or back of the trunks. Using size 40 cotton or cotton polyester thread, insert a single stitch to secure the letters and make sure they are even. Then, you can place a second stitch in the letters to secure them.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric, nylon or satin
  • Sewing machine
  • Size 40 cotton or cotton polyester thread
  • Elastic waistband
  • Border trim
  • Tape measure
  • Pins
  • Lettering or stencils
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