Pajama pants are a wonderful teaching project for a beginner to sewing as there are few seams and they can be completed very quickly. They are shapeless, comfortable pants that are perfect for sleep or lounging. Make your own basic pattern and whip up a pair tonight.
Pajama Pants Pattern
This project is made using an old pair of your own pants as a guide for the pattern. It's a great way to achieve a perfect fit. A printable version of this project is available after the instructions.
Things You Will Need:
- A pair of elastic-waist pajama pants or sweatpants that currently fit you
- Butcher paper
- Cotton or flannel fabric (most sizes can be made with 2 yards or less)
- Straight pins
- Trim for hem embellishment (optional)
- 1-inch wide elastic
- Large safety pin or bodkin
Special Note: Wash and dry your fabric before starting. If the fabric is going to shrink, it is better to have it happen before your pajamas are completed.
What To Do:
- Turn an old pair of pajama pants or sweatpants inside out. Fold them in half with the back facing out (see Diagram 1 below - click on the image for a larger version). Lay the folded pants on the back of the butcher paper.
- Trace around the edges of the pants 1/2 inch from the stitch line. Stretch the waistband out to trace around. Trace 1 1/2 inches above the top of the waistband. Trace one inch below the leg hem.