Follow steps to sew a pair of DIY shorts for Broad Ken dolls or #GIjoe

Here we have my DIY tutorial video, showing you each step toward the creation of a pair of boxers or summer-style shorts for your broad-bodied action figure (i.e. GI Joe and similar-sized action figures) or fashion dolls (i.e. Broad Ken and similar-sized male fashion dolls).

As I noted in Monday’s post, Mattel’s Ken now comes in a broader version, so the patterns I made for the regular svelte Ken dolls won’t actually fit the new Broad Ken dolls.

Furthermore, I’ve had a few requests for GI Joe/ action figure clothing patterns over the years, and I thought it was time to address those requests.

I really enjoyed the idea of making boxer shorts, and as December gets closer, I think I’ll also make and post some patterns and tutorials for making pajama pants for both Ken and Barbie, using this same pattern that I posted on Tuesday. For your convenience, here’s the easy link to the pajama pants / boxer shorts:

If you’re wondering about how to print that pattern, or if you’d like more information about how the Creative Commons Attribution symbol works, scroll down to the “Additional Information” section please.


Additional Information:


Some of my followers have wondered what motivates me to give my patterns away for free.

First of all, I’m a librarian by trade. Librarians love free stuff! We believe that the more a person knows, the more enriched their life will be. So it may sound kind of crazy, but I want to become a sort of library of free patterns that help people learn to sew doll clothes.

If you’d like to learn more about my motives, feel free to visit my Chelly’s Books page.

My Gallery Page is the easiest way to search through all of my patterns to find what you want. Each image on the Gallery Page takes you to links for patterns and tutorials.

Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.) To review my difficulty scale (demonstrating how hard or easy a pattern is by the number of flowers displayed), take a look back at this blog post.

Please note: you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, before printing.

My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website.

Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns and tutorials:

Are you new to sewing? I’ve got a playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.

In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. You might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.

2 thoughts on “Follow steps to sew a pair of DIY shorts for Broad Ken dolls or #GIjoe

  1. I love your patterns! Thank you for offering them for free, I have a daughter who is beginning to sew and these patterns are so cute and fun!

    1. You’re very welcome. And be sure to look for “Aleah’s Playlist” on my YouTube channel. These are videos I’ve compiled for children who are learning to sew.

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