So I went shopping for fabric for Cupcake’s hibernation party pajamas and had so much fun looking through all the great new flannel prints at Joann’s.  I spotted a print that I just had to have.  There was 3 yards left on the bolt so I bought it all.  Hey, flannel was on sale!

Photo Flannel

There was only one thing to do.  Sew myself some pajama pants!

Pajama pants #tutorial #sewing But instead of using a pattern for pajama pants I made my own.  I have a pattern and I’ve used it before, but I don’t really like the way the pants fit, so I grabbed my favorite pair of jammy pants and set to work.

Making pajama pants pattern #sewing #tutorialI laid my pants down on top of some tracing material and traced around them.  I gave myself a half inch on the sides for seam allowance, 1 inch along the bottom for the hem and 2 1/2 inches along the top for the waist band (because these pants are a little more low cut than I like. You could just add 1 1/2″ if you’re happy with the rise).  Make sure when you trace the waist band you stretch the elastic out to get the accurate size.  Otherwise your waist is going to be too tight.

Pajama Pants #tutorial #sewingMake sure you trace both the front and back of your pants.  Again, stretch out the elastic in the waist when tracing and add the same seam allowance around each side.

Pajama Pants #tutorial #sewingAnd there you have your pattern pieces!  Now you just need to use them to cut out your fabric.  Now, here’s the important thing where you will do as a I say, not as I do.  If your fabric is directional make sure you fold it with the selvedge edges together, not the cut ends.  If you don’t you’ll have some upside down fabric.  I made a mental note of that before I cut my fabric, but messed up anyway. At least they’re just pajamas, so no one will see them.

Once your pieces are cut (2 front and 2 back pieces) it’s time to sew.

Pajama Pants #tutorial #sewingTake one front piece and one back piece and line them up at the crotch.  Sew down the inside leg.  Do the same for the other front and back piece.  Trim the seam allowance with pinking shears (to prevent fraying) and press open the seams.

With right sides together match up the legs and sew the u-shaped seam (aka, the crotch).

Pajama Pants #tutorial #sewingAgain, finish off the edges with pinking shears and press the seam open.

Now line up the pant legs again, right sides together and sew down the outside of each leg.

Pajama Pants #tutorial #sewingPink the edges, press open the seams and let’s get to work on the waist.

Fold in the edge 1/4″ and then again 1″ and press to make a casing.

Pajama Pants #tutorial #sewingStarting in the back stitch around the casing close to the bottom edge.  Leave an opening to thread your elastic through.  I also like to take a small piece of ribbon and tuck it in as a tag, so I know where the back of my pants are.  🙂

Pajama Pants #tutorial #sewing

To determine how much elastic you need measure it around your waist.  Make sure to add about 1/2″ to account for the overlap where you’ll stitch the elastic together.  Thread it through your casing, making sure not to twist it and stitch the ends together.

Pajama Pants #tutorial #sewingPull your waistband tight and stitch up the rest of your casing making sure not to stitch on the elastic.

Now to hem.  Fold over 1/2″ and then again and press.  Stitch all the way around.  I like to do a decorative stitch for funsies.  And you’re done!

Pajama pants #tutorial #sewingI had a little helper during my photoshoot for this.  Well, two little helpers if you count my remote shutter release.  The little one sure is cute, huh?

Pajama pants #tutorial #sewingSo, yeah, see where how you fold your directional fabric when cutting makes a difference?  I love my pajama pants anyway and I might have worn them all day long on Wednesday.  And by might have I mean I totally wore them all day Wednesday.  And I loved every comfy minute.

Now go, make yourself some pajama pants!

I hope you’re not tired of sewing projects because I’m putting the finishing touches on another one to show you hopefully next week! Have a good weekend!  Any fun plans?


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