Like many families, we have a little Christmas tradition of opening a new pair of pyjamas on Christmas Eve. This year I figured it would be fun to try and make them. I scored some Christmas flannel fabric at Fabricland for 50-75% off!
Because my sewing skills are limited, I searched long and hard for an easy to understand tutorial. I found that some take for granted that you know what you’re doing. 🙂 I came across an awesome tutorial for children’s sizes at Cotton Creations.
What you need:
- fabric (how much depends on who you’re making them for. 2 metres should do for an adult. 3/4 of a metre was plenty for Oliver’s)
- elastic waistband
- sewing machine
What you do:
1. Lay out your fabric, right side up and fold the sides over until they meet in the middle.
2. Fold a pair of pyjamas and place them with the straight side along the fold. Draw your pattern on the fabric leaving a couple of extra inches for the hem, seams, etc. (If you haven’t washed your fabric, keep shrinkage in mind too)
3. Flip your cut out over onto the other side of the fabric. Again with the long side against the fold. Cut this side out too.
4. Now you’re left with two pieces that look like this (don’t you just love the sock monkey pattern!).
5. Put the two pieces, right side together and pin along the curves (this will be the crotch area) and sew only this part on both sides.
6. Then hold up your fabric and open up the waist so that the sewn edges are in the middle. This will make your fabric look more like a pair of pants. Now sew along the inseam, from one side all the way around to the other, closing off the crotch area.
7. Now you’re ready to hem. Fold the bottom of the legs about a 3/4 of an inch. Press. Then fold again and press again. The lazy mom in me really wanted to skip the pressing part but it’s worth it to get the hem nice and even. After you’ve pressed it, sew along the top of the hem.
8. Repeat with the waist line. Fold and press, fold and press. Then sew around the waist, making sure you leave enough room to thread your elastic through. Don’t sew all the way around either.
9. Put a safety pin on the end of the elastic and thread it through the waistband. You can put the elastic around your child’s waist first to see how much you need.
10. Then sew the ends of the elastic together and close up the hole in the waistband. Turn the pyjama pants right side out and admire your amazing work! It really is satisfying to see how cute they turn out.
Oliver is quite happy with them. 🙂 Of course they were supposed to be for Christmas Eve but because this was my first time trying a project like this I got him to try them on quickly to make sure that they fit. Then I hid them in a cupboard and we went about our day. At bedtime though, Oliver kept saying “Monkey pants! Monkey pants!” and when I pretended like I didn’t know what he was talking about, he walked right over to the cupboard took them out and brought them to me. LOL. So I went back to Fabricland and got the red sock monkey fabric which he hasn’t seen yet. Shhhhhh…