If you often swoon over the handmade delights on KID independent, wishing that you had the talent to make some beautiful creations of your own, then today is your lucky day. Our friend Amanda from Macaroon Kids has graciously shared this tutorial to help you learn how to make your own pyjama pants (even if you’re a sewing novice). So dust off your trusty sewing machine, and let’s get started!
Pyjama Pants Tutorial
Winter is here; no need to fight it! Keeping warm and rugged up is one of the perks, so lets do it stylishly with your own, super easy kids PJ bottoms (or technically lounge pants).
The first step is to find some super groovy flannel or other fabric to use for your creation… no stretch is required for this design. Once you have found your favourite fabric pattern bring it home to cut!
Note: the length of fabric you buy is dependent on the PJ size you are making. Check out the length on the measurements table then buy a smidge more, just in case.
If you plan on making LOTS of PJ pants in one size then you may want to create a paper pattern piece based on measurements below. If not, then get your tailors chalk and draw your pattern straight onto the fabric.
Before deciding which size to create, you may want to measure your little one to ensure the dimensions will fit them comfortably. The measurements to compare are the ‘length’ and the ‘elastic length’.
These are the final measurements to create your pattern piece (including seam allowances). A 1cm seam allowance is allowed for inside leg seam and crotch seam. The cuff hem is measured at 3cm and the waistband is measured at 5cm (allowing for a 4cm elastic). If you wish to have a bigger cuff or smaller waistband (if you use narrower elastic), then change the length measurements accordingly.
STEP ONE – The pattern
With right sides together, fold your fabric in half, selvedge to selvedge, and then fold in half again. You now have 4 layers of fabric folded together.
With the folded side to your left, draw a straight horizontal line at the top with your tailors chalk, the width of your waistband. As seen in the picture below, my waist for a 1 year old is 18cm.
Measuring down from waist line, along the fold line, mark out your length (50cm for size 1, including all allowances) and mark out cuff length. Following the measurement guidelines complete your pattern shape to look like this…
And then just cut it out! Simple.
Now for the sewing! I have stitched mine with an overlocker, but you can follow all the steps with a domestic sewing machine, no problem at all!
If you want to be ultra professional about your end product, feel free to finish all your seams with a zigzag stitch before commencing the stitching.
STEP TWO – The sewing
With right sides together, sew the inside seam of each leg.
Turn one leg, the right side out, and place inside the other leg…match crotch seams with a pin and sew from front to back.
There you go! The basic PJs are done!!
Now the hemming – this is something a little different and tricky to explain…with one cuff, turn hem up by the seam allowance (in this case 3cm) and pin into place. Next turn the hem up again, with right sides of fabric touching, so you are left with an exposed cut of fabric on the edge.
Then stitch along this edge! Once you finished stitching, turn out the right way and admire your handiwork! Great job! Now repeat with the other cuff.
The waistband is created the same way as the cuffs, but instead of sewing the whole way around…leave a 5cm gap to insert your elastic! The waistband should be 1cm wider than your elastic…in this case, the waistband was turned down 5cm.
Insert your elastic, I always hate this part. Join the ends of the elastic together and then finish the waistband seam.
AND YOU ARE DONE!! If you want to get creative you can use some matching scrap fabric and sew a shape onto a long sleeved top and you will have a PJ set! You could even create matching PJs for all your children. Oh the fun you can have with this one! Please send us your pics so we can see your creations!!
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Happy Sewing… xx