I think a lot of us probably made pajama pants in 7th grade Home Ec. Do you still remember how? The thing is, pajamas are pretty easy to make and are very forgiving because it doesn’t really matter if they fit all that great so they are a good beginner’s project. Every year I make my boys’ Christmas pajamas, so I figured why not give you a pajamas tutorial? This tutorial is done using no pattern, just copying a pair of pants that you already have on hand.
That’s a cute little set of legs too isn’t it?
Fabric-The amount will vary depending on the size of the person you are making them for. About 1/2 yard for little kids, 1 yard for older kids and up to 2 yards for an adult.
Large Safety Pin
First of all you need to find a pair of pants that currently fit the person you are making these pajamas for. (If you are not comfortable with this you can absolutely get a pattern for these. The stores are full of patterns for pajamas.)
Fold you fabric so that you will be cutting through 2 layers at a time. Then fold your pants as shown in the picture and lay them on your fabric: (I definitely recommend that you allow yourself more excess fabric than I have in this picture. I used what I had to work with but I wish I had had more)
Now you are going to cut around the pants giving yourself a generous amount of fabric excess on each side. At least 2 inches, I would recommend even more. You can always size down if needed but you can’t really add more fabric if you make them too small.
A couple of parts to be extra generous on-leave at least 4 inches extra at the bottom of the pants for the hem: (again, you can always size down if needed so cut it long just in case):
And this is VERY IMPORTANT. At the top of the pajamas that you are using as your guide they are going to be cinched in already with elastic. You need to cut as if they are NOT cinched in with that elastic since you will be adding that later. So make them NICE AND WIDE up top and also allow at least 4 inches extra to the height because you will be folding down the waistband. See how I have gone way wider than the waist? Do that. Maybe even add more space than I did.
Now, you need to cut out 4 total pieces that all match. So take the 2 pieces you just cut, fold more of your fabric again and cut around them so that you have 4 pieces.
Take 2 pieces and put right sides together. You are going to sew up the curved part from where I have 1 arrow to the other:
When you lay them out they will now look like this:
So you know have a front and a back of your pajamas. Grab them both and put them together so that right sides are together. Stitch up the outer leg part from the top of the waist to the very bottom of the ankle. Do this on both sides:
Now you need to sew the inner legs. You will sew from one inner ankle, up through the crotch of the pants and down to the other ankle (the part that is shown at the bottom of this picture):
You’re already almost done! Now hem each leg by folding the fabric up about an inch so that wrong sides are together. Do that twice and then stitch it in place.
Now you just need to add the elastic waistband. To do that I am going to refer you to my Learn to Sew Lesson #4 since I give instructions clearly there.
And that’s it! You’re done.
Now, I want to give a disclaimer. This is not fool proof. I have made these pajamas and had them not fit my kids. Not saying that happens a lot, it’s rare, but it does happen. So, like I said, if you don’t trust yourself, get a pattern to at least help you with the cutting. You will still follow the same steps to make it. BUT, if you decide to do it yourself, which you really, really can, most importantly, just remember to cut everything big and size down if you need to.
You can do it. I promise.