Hey everyone! Happy New Year! How’s 2017 going for you so far? Good I hope! Today I’m showing you how I made these super cozy polka-dotted pajama bottoms using an old pair I already had. So grab an old pair of pajama bottoms, a few yards of fabric and let’s get started!
A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to make my own pajama bottoms. Partly so I could learn how to make them and partly because I wasn’t finding what I was looking for online. After I got the fabric for the tops of my Vegan Candy Cane Cocoa Mix jars I fell in love with the white on red polka-dots pattern and started looking for some flannel with a similar design. My local fabric store didn’t have anything like it so I searched online and I was in luck! I essentially found the same pattern but bigger and in flannel from Fabric.com. I was a little nervous buying fabric online as I hadn’t done that before but the fabric arrived all in one piece and just as described!
After the holiday festivities were over and the New Year was rung in, this week came the fun part: making them! Below I show you step by step how I made these pajama bottoms and how you can too!
I’m so happy with how these turned out, they feel high-quality and sturdy because the flannel is so nice. I highly recommend making your own pajama bottoms--or anything for that matter--because the quality is always so nice when you make something yourself. Plus you’ll love it even more because you know the work that went into it and it’ll have your own flair to it!
Alright! Onto the how-to of this how-to!
An old pair of pajama bottoms
Fabric (I bought 3 yards of fabric but used about 2 ½ yards)
¾ inch Elastic
Some extra fabric or ribbon for the front bow
A sewing machine
Soap, chalk, a pencil: something to mark your lines with
A safety pin
Start by gathering your supplies, most importantly an old pair of pajama bottoms that you like the fit of but don’t mind taking apart. As well as the other supplies listed above. REMINDER: Wash your fabric, elastic, and front bow material BEFORE you do anything. You don’t want to make a perfect pair of pajama bottoms only to shrink them in the wash when you’re done.
Now begin taking apart your pajama bottoms by using a seam ripper. This took me about two hours but I took a few breaks. You’ll be taking apart every seam except for the seams on the outer legs. The inseam, the crotch, the leg hems and the waistband all need to be taken apart. If you don’t have a seam ripper you can use scissors but remember to add a seam allowance for any fabric you cut away.
This is what you should be left with. All seams are taken apart except for the seams that would sit on the outer legs when worn. You only need to save one leg panel for the pattern. I marked the left and right back leg on each panel.
Lay out your fabric folded in half with the pretty sides facing each other. Place one of your leg panels on top of your fabric with the pretty side facing down, as shown above.
Using chalk, a bar of soap, a pencil, or an air and water soluble pen like I am, trace around your leg panel onto your new fabric.
Carefully cut out your new leg panels making sure to cut through both layers of fabric.
You should end up with two matching leg panels.
Start pinning your inseam together to be sewn.
Now both legs have their inseam pinned together and are ready to be sewn.
Both seams are sewn and they’re starting to look like pajama bottoms!
Turn one of the legs inside out, or right side out rather.
Take the right side out leg and put it inside the inside out one, so that the pretty sides are facing each other again.
Pin the crotch seam together.
Sew the crotch seam together. You should end up with something that looks like the above image.
Fold down the waist about a quarter inch and pin it. Do this all the way around the waist and iron it when your done pinning to help keep it in place.
Now with your quarter inch fold ironed you can take out the pins and grab your elastic.
Fold your fabric over again with enough room to house the elastic. Pin it in place then remove the elastic and keep folding and pinning your fabric until you’ve pinned the whole elastic casing down.
You’re ready to sew your elastic casing!
Make sure to leave about a two-inch gap at the back of your casing to insert your elastic.
Cut your elastic to the right size: wrap your elastic around where you want it to sit on your hips. Take that length and remove 1-4 inches, depending on how tight you want your pajama bottoms to be. Instead of removing any elastic, once the elastic was inserted all the way and ready to be sewn together I overlapped the elastic about an inch and a bit and sewed a rectangle with an X in it for stability (shown below). So once you have your correct length, insert your elastic into the elastic casing with a safety pin attached to one end to easily guide it through the casing.
Once your elastic is inserted and both ends are sticking out, overlap your elastic and sew a rectangle with an X for stability. This was my first time doing this so don’t mind the imperfection. Don’t mind your imperfection either, you don’t learn or get better without trying.
After you sew the elastic together, stretch your pants to evenly distribute the elastic and sew the two-inch hole closed. Then sew the elastic in place by sewing a straight line over the back of the waistband. Preferably directly on top of the waistband seam (it's the seam to the right of my thumb in the above photo).
Once you have your waistband finished, try on your pajama bottoms to find out how high to hem the legs. My old pajama bottoms were a little long for me originally so I had to cut off about two inches from the length. Pin at least one pin in place when you're wearing them to get the right length then take them off. Mark that length and add an inch and a quarter to your perfect length. Cut away any excess fabric. Fold over the fabric a quarter inch and pin it in place, then iron it and remove your pins.
Now fold your fabric up an inch and pin in place. Sew around the leg’s hem where the pins are, then sew the bottom of pant legs to finish off your hem (shown below).
Now let's add a fake-out drawstring bow. Take your material and hem it if it might fray. Mine sure wanted to! I folded it over twice and sewed a straight line back and forth over the hem multiple times to secure it. Then just find the middle of your fake-out drawstring and attach it to your pajama bottoms by sewing a straight line over the front of your waistband, right over the elastic, to secure it all in place. This will help keep the elastic from rolling when you're wearing them or when they’re in the wash.
Just tie a bow and you’re all done! You’ve just made yourself some pajama pants!
I had so much fun making these and I hope you do too! It's so nice to wear some custom-made custom-fitting pajama bottoms instead of trying to keep my old pair rolled up all the time. I can't wait to start another sewing project now! I hope you guys have a great weekend! Happy 2017! See you next week!