Sonny Bottoms Written Directions


-Sonny Bottoms PDF Pattern

-1/2 yard of swimwear fabric

-Swimwear elastic (recommended for the best fit)

-Seam ripper

-Overlock machine OR zig-zag stitch on a regular sewing machine

-Regular sewing machine

You will need both a regular sewing machine as well as an overlock machine for this tutorial. If you don't have an overlock machine, you can use a zig zag stitch on a regular sewing machine. Make sure you at least have a regular sewing machine, because we will be using a straight stitch in this tutorial.

If you prefer to use the video tutorial, you can access it below.

Additionally, there is another tutorial if you prefer to make the Sonny Bottoms with a continuous strap.

Step 1

Assemble your pattern by cutting out the pieces, taping them together, then cutting out the size you would like to make.

Step 2

Cut your pieces. If you want to make your bottoms reversible, make sure to have two different fabrics to use. In total you’ll cut 2 of Piece 1, which is both the front and back.

You will also cut your strap pieces according to the measurements provided in the pattern.

Step 3

Match your pieces with right sides together. Pin and then sew along the marked areas. If you're using 1/4" elastic, sew it into each of these seams as well.

Make sure that the marked areas in the image below are left unsewn. These areas will serve as the strap channels later on.

Step 4

Through one of the unsewn holes we've left, take the entire piece to the right side.

Step 5

Using a straight stitch, sew about 0.25" in from the top and bottom edges, in the areas marked. Tuck in any raw edges from each end of the strap channel that may try to peek out.

Step 6

Take your strap pieces and match them with right sides together. Sew along the raw edges and attach elastic, then use a loop turner or safety pin to take it to the right side.

Step 7

Using a loop turner or safety pin, feed your straps through each of the strap channels. Afterward, scrunch the bottoms and tie the strings to achieve your desired look.

That completes the Sonny Bottoms!

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