20 minute crafter. diy pj pants.

 Ok.  Don't freak out.  Making pj pants is way easier than you think.  And it really only takes about twenty minutes from start to finish...make them from fleece to make them extra cozy. 
 You will need:
~yard of fabric (maybe less if you have a non-directional print)
~1/4 yard of fabric for the cuff if you will be adding that.
3/4in elastic (enough for your child's waist)
kraft paper or other paper suitable for pattern making
pair of pants that currently fit your child.
 Start by making a pattern piece...simply fold in half a pair of pants that fits your child...adding a half inch all the way around to allow for seams...and about an inch to the top of the waist...
 Cut out your pattern...
 Fold your fabric in half vertical to the direction of the print...line the long side of the leg pattern piece against the fold...trace and cut out...being sure to pay attention to direction of your print if you have a directional print fabric...
 Turn your pattern wrong side up and cut the inverse...now you have a piece for each leg.
 This is how I made a cuff....I estimated how thick I wanted it to be....and traced the leg of the pants I just cut out directly onto the cuff fabric...
 I laid the pant piece on top of the cuff piece and traced...I made sure that the top edge of the cuff fabric was straight.
 Then to attach I flipped the cuff fabric up...you can pin it if you want...
 Sew it down this way....
 ...then I folded it over and sewed it down this way...
 ...so I ended up with this...
 ...Lay the pieces right sides together on top of each other...and sew the front seam and back seam together...
 ...then fold so that it looks like pants again and sew the inner leg seams together...up one side of the inner lane and down the other...
 ...fold up the cuff about and inch...
 ...and hem...
 ...repeat on the other leg...
...fold down the wait and sew a pocket big enough to feed your elastic through...measure and feed your elastic through...(I measured hoho's waist and cut the elastic an inch and a half smaller than that.) then sew the pocket closed...
And you are done! :) I am making these for my boys this year instead of buying matching pj's for Christmas this year. :) 


Easy peasy and you CAN do it!
I will answer any questions in the comments. :)
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11 comments:

My name is Becka said...

awesome tutorial! Thank you.

Scarlett said...

Awesome! I just made the first of four for our family and was crazy enough to put buttons at the waist! Sometimes you should just stick with the simple!

Stephanie said...

so dang cute!! i'm hoping to get time to make these for my 3.

Trish said...

So cute... thanks for the idea! maybe say to cut the fabric on the folded edge for the pant legs? Might get confusing for someone that isn't use to sewing. I'll make a pair sometime and show you :)

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

these are soooo cute, and make me super nervous, but i think i'm going to give them a try.

i think i can, i think i can, i think i can. ;)

Alissa said...

Super cute. I know this sounds like a dumb question - but does it work the same way for adult pj pants? Is there anything special I need to consider to make them for myself? I found some fabric I *had* to have (surely, you understand) and now I'm scared to cut it up and make it into the pants I want. What do you think? Can I do it like you did these?

Petra said...

This might be a dumb question, but I ran into a problem when trying to make a skirt for my daughter too... How do you "sew the pocket closed" after you feed the elastic threw? I ended up with this awful mess where the fabrics ended and wasn't sure how to secure the elastic either?

Otherwise, great tutorial! Can't wait...

Crystal said...

I would assume that you could do the same process with adult pants. :)

For the elastic...thread it through the pocket you made and pull both ends way out to give you lots of room to work...lay one end flat on the other, overlapping about an inch and stitch back and forth near both ends. Pull back through the pocket and pick up sewing the pocket shut with where you left off...connect to the other side of the pocket...you are really just finishing the line you made all the way around the waist.

I don't know if that helps...let me know and I will try more if it doesn't. :)

Holly said...

very cool! I saw a similar tutorial a couple of years ago and made some of these and they are great!

DANA said...

That's great! I would love for you to come link this up at my Strut Your Stuff Party, and enter the giveaway as well!
http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-link-party-and.html

Kim said...

Ahhhh! These are so cute and they look so easy! I may just have to take back the pajamas that I bought for my kids for Christmas Eve and make some cute pants instead. Thank you for the tutorial! (And for making it look so easy!)

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