Pipa paperbag shorts free PDF sewing pattern

Pipa paperbag shorts

Paperbag shorts are one of the most popular items when it comes to hot summer days. I am sharing the pattern for the Pipa paperbag shorts, which can be a quick and simple project for those who wants to have something new to wear in the coming summer months.

The Pipa paperbag shorts feature half thigh length, elastic waist, relaxed fit and slanted pockets. It can be made with linen, jeans, khaki or any fabric that you love. Try it with different colors and prints for a fun project!

The Pipa paperbag shorts are a trendy and versatile item that can be styled in various ways. Here are a few tips on how to style a pair of paperbag shorts:

  • Tuck in a fitted top: Paperbag shorts have a high waist, so it’s best to pair them with a fitted top that can be tucked in. This will accentuate your waistline and create a flattering silhouette.
  • Add a belt: If your paperbag shorts don’t come with a built-in belt, you can add one to cinch your waist even more. A skinny belt in a contrasting color can add a pop of interest to your outfit.
  • Layer with a denim jacket: A denim jacket is a classic layering piece that pairs well with paperbag shorts. The combination of the structured jacket and the relaxed shorts creates a balanced look.
  • Wear with heels: Paperbag shorts can be dressed up with a pair of heels. A block heel or a strappy sandal will elongate your legs and add a touch of elegance to your outfit.
  • Go for a casual look with sneakers: If you’re looking for a more casual look, pair your paperbag shorts with a pair of sneakers. This is a great option for running errands or a day out with friends.
  • Accessorize with jewelry: Adding some jewelry can elevate your outfit. A statement necklace or a pair of earrings can add some sparkle to your look.

Remember to have fun with your outfit and experiment with different combinations until you find what works best for you!

My pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL so you may find a suitable size for yourself. If you are not sure which size suits you, take a look at the measurement table before doing anything here: SIZE GUIDE.

The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.

You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!

Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.


You will need

  • Fabric of your choice. This pattern is made for woven fabric, but you can also use knit fabric.
  • Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
  • Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
  • Printed pattern

How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.

Cutting instruction:

After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this:

Pipa paperbag shorts

You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern piece. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.

The fabric will be cut into following pieces:

  • Front: cut 2 mirrored
  • Back: cut 2 mirrored
  • Large Pocket Bag: cut 2 mirrored
  • Small Pocket Bag: cut 2 mirrored
  • Waistband: cut 1 on the fold

Place the pattern pieces on the fabric, pin the pattern pieces to the fabric to secure them in place. Using sharp scissors, carefully cut out the fabric pieces along the outer lines of the pattern. Take your time to ensure precise and clean cuts, as this will affect the fit and overall appearance of your garment.

Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.

Sewing instruction:

1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling.

2. Place a pair of Front and Small Pocket Bag right side facing, so that the slashed edges of the Small Pocket Bag and the Front match. Sew along the pocket edge. Staystitch seam allowance toward the Small Pocket Bag.

3. Place the Large Pocket Bag and Small Pocket Bag right side facing, matching the curved edges of the pocket bags. Sew to attach 2 pieces together.

4. Lay the Front and Back right side facing (make sure the pocket lays flat). Pin and sew to join the Front to the Back. Do this with both legs.

5. Sew the inseam of the legs.

6. Turn one leg inside out, put it into the other leg, matching the crotch curve. Pin and sew the crotch curve.

7. Sew two ends of the Waistband. Fold the loop in half so that the seam allowance is hidden inside. Pin the waistband to the main garment (careful with the pocket opening). Sew to join the waistband to the garment, leaving a 2in/5cm opening to insert elastic. Insert elastic and sew to close the opening.

8. Hem the shorts.

Super easy and quick – you will get your piece of garment in a few hours!

And here is the download link:


To download just click on the link above and choose “Save link as”. The PDF file will be downloaded to your device.

Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns


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