Monday 19 September 2011

Pajama Pants Mini Tutorial

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Making your own pajama pants is really easy.

All you need is:
  • Spare fabric (I used an old duvet cover.)
  • Paper to draw the pattern onto
  • Elastic + safety pin

 Here is a tip for the part-time sewers, you don’t need to buy expensive paper for the pattern, you can use ordinary unwanted wallpaper, or I actually use the large roll of craft paper for kids, that I purchase from Asda (Walmart for the US), this roll is great for the kids and me! I used a sewing machine for this project. I will not go into all the steps here because you can follow the link (shown at the bottom of this post) and I don’t have all the photos. I have attached a couple of photos that I took afterwards. (I really should have ironed the pants before taking the photo shown above!)
Basic Steps:
  • Place a pair of pants that already fit or a pair of pants that are too small (like my son’s shown in the photo), onto the paper. Fold the pants in half so that you only see one leg. Then draw around the whole piece of the leg.( If you require pajama pants to be the same size, then just add enough extra around your drawn pattern so that you have room for a hem and an elastic waist casing. The general consensus is about an extra half inch for the hems and an extra one and a half for the waist. If you need the pajama pants to be longer, then measure the waist and leg length of the person who will be wearing these trousers and add accordingly. Once you know what length of leg you need, just make sure that your pattern matches that amount not forgetting to add extra for the hem and waist.)
  • Once you have a one leg pattern on a piece of paper, this can be used for the whole of the pajama pants.
  • Place the pattern onto your fabric and cut out two pieces.
  • Then flip the pattern over and cut out two more pieces.(You now have four pieces of cut out fabric.)
  • Then using the steps from either the tutorial I gave you , or find another tutorial, there are plenty out there on the internet, start sewing the pieces together.(Basically just follow the way that your original pants are sewn together.)
  • Once the pieces are sewn together you can then start making the waist casing. Leave a space so that you can insert the elastic, use a safety pin to thread the elastic into the space.
  • Then sew the pajama pants hems at the bottom.
Voila, there you have a new pair of pajama pants.

I have actually made a pair for myself (following similar instructions) a while back. This is because I can never find pajama pants long enough for myself, because I have long legs. Whenever I shop for clothes, I have to buy long length pants when there is the option, but it is extremely rare to find pajama pants in a choice of long length!  This overall project only took me about an hour! No complicated buttons or extras, just simple straight forward sewing. It is easier than you think, so why not give it a try. A good way to upcycle those duvet covers like I did too! If the link below is no longer working just google search for another tutorial there are plenty out there. Good Luck.

I have seen many tutorials about doing this from other websites and they made it look so easy! Here is a link to the website I recently found:

This week I am linking this post with the following link parties / blog hops:
  Pink Hippo Party Beneath the Rowan TreeMonday Monkey Hop at Mommy of Two Little MonkeysPhotobucketTipMeTuesdayButtonConfessions Of A Stay At Home MommyStrictly Homemade TuesdayhomeworkPassionately ArtisticKatie's Nesting SpotRhinestone BeaglebuttonDearCreatives


  1. I have been thinking of sewing a pajama for my son
    since the weather is getting cold and he needs something
    to wear at more shorts and short sleeve.
    Thanks for the tips.

    By the way, I'm your newest follower via GFC from Monday Blog Hop.
    Please feel free to visit my blog. Looking forward to seeing you there, and hope you follow me back. Thanks!

  2. Wow, lovely blog..Great creativity..I found ya via Monday hop and I'm officially following your blog with smiles..Can't wait to read more..Hope you can stop in and say hello sometime :)) Ty.. I'm Marilyn from

  3. Stopping by from Not Just a Housewife's link party. I love the tutorial! I want to try making Matching PJ pants for my kiddos for Christmas this year so this will be a big help :)

  4. Nice PJ. Choice of fabric is also good.

    I'm following you.....

  5. I love how easy it is to make PJ pants! I also love the fabric you used to make those duvet cover :).

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following; I am following you back and look forward to more crafts!

  6. You've inspired me to try this out. I've always had a fear of sewing pants, but at least with kid's pj pants, mistakes will most likely go unnoticed!
    Your newest follower,
    Rikka J.
    Ricochet and away!

  7. Thanks for your sweet comment on the blog! I LOVE these pants! I've been wanting to do this for the longest time!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  8. Those are great! You can never have enough pairs of comfy pants!

  9. oh my!! awesome!! thank you soooooooo much for linking in.. :-)

  10. So useful! I definitely share your pants-length problem, especially with pajamas and maternity jeans!

  11. Thaks for the tutorial! I'm going to pin this to try soon.

  12. Hi! I like your Blog! I'm following! I hope your Visit! Have a great Week!


  13. I love the thriftiness of this idea! I need to make myself some cozy pants. I am a new follower and I wanted to invite you to share this in a blog link up I am co-hosting.

  14. Great idea! Thanks so much for linking up with Real Life Deals and Mess for Less! hopping over from Real Life Deals and Hobbies on a Budget New follower!

  15. Great tutorial...I'm gonna make lots of pajama pants for the kids...

    Would love it if you would link this up to our Rockin' link party going on now at RoCa and Company. Here is the link: Come and show off what you got. Hope to see you there...

    Remember...YOU ROCK!!

    Carmen @
    RoCa and Company

  16. You make this look easy... thank you!! I've been meaning to sew a pair of lounge pants for myself. And thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the web and saying hi!!

  17. Have a great weekend! Thank you for linking up at

  18. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments, I hope I have encouraged people to have a go at these. You could do as I did and just upcycle some old sheets or duvet covers!

  19. Oh I so needed this tutorial! I want to make pajama pants for the boys for Christmas. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  20. Okay, you are TOTALLY not going to believe this, but it is absolute fate that I happened upon this post of yours today! My hubby is ridiculously tall and skinny, and all of his pajama/lounge pants end up stopping above his ankles, giving him the impression that he's wearing flannel capris!!

    No matter how long they seem to be in the store, they always shrink and get way too short. He ends up wearing "high-top" slippers to compensate, but the whole look is rather ridiculous. So.... I just decided I'd had enough of trying to find pj pants long enough for him... I was just going to sew my own, dammit. But how?

    I know VERY LITTLE about sewing. I can hem pants and make pillows and stuff, but when it comes to patterns I'm pretty clueless. But here you show me how to do it myself! SO EXCITED! I can just use one of his other pairs of pants for the model! YAY!! Thank you for sharing this... I can't wait to try it!

    Have a very happy holiday!!

    Smiles, Jenn @Misadventures in Motherhood

  21. Hi Jenn, thanks for your lovely comments, I hope you manage to make some for your husband. Regards, Karima


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