Pajama Pant Tutorial

 I have a really fun, easy Pajama Pant Tutorial for you today. 
Did you know that Pajama can be spelt Pajama or Pyjama?  Talk about confusing for the spelling challenged bloggers like me.  Today we’re sticking with Pajama.

 You may have seen a few pant patterns and tutorials lying around.

Dana, from Made, has some really awesome stuff for example.  I am such a visual person that it really helps me to have a step-by-step picture guideline for my sewing projects.  So here’s one for you…
 Begin by finding a pattern that you love.  I will often trace an existing article of clothing and come up with my own pattern or browse through my mom’s selection of McCalls or Simplicity patterns.  We used Simplicity 2734 for these pants.

 Cut all of your material as directed.  We added cargo-style {glow-in-the-dark} pockets to our pants.  They were cut 6″ x 7″. 
 Iron the edges of the pockets inwards 1/4-1/2″.
 Create a finished edge along the top of the pocket, sewing approx 1/4″ from the top of the fold.
 Pin the pocket in the center of each cut out pant leg, 6-8″ from the top.
 Sew the pocket onto the pant leg using a 1/8″ seam allowance along the sides and bottom of the pocket.
 Our completed pocket {repeat on the other pant leg}.  Bonus points if you use super cool glow-in-the-dark material.
 Fold each pant leg in half length wise, right sides together.
 Sew pant leg together using a 1/4″ seam allowance as pictured above.
 Repeat for second pant leg.
 I did a quick video of this next step by it’s just not wanting to work for me so I will try to explain it.  You have two pant legs right?  You want to have one of them right side out and one of them wrong side out.  Tuck the right side out pant leg into the wrong side out pant leg.  So you should have the right sides of your pant legs together now with the edges of the crotch {for lack of a better word} lined up.  Now sew the two pant legs together with a 1/4″ seam as pictured above.  Kapeesh?
 Trim along your crotch seam.
 Your pants should look like this now.
 Iron the top edge of your pants down 1/4″.
 Now fold and iron again at 1 1/4″.
 Sew along the bottom edge of your fold to create a 1″ space to put elastic into the waistband.
 Be sure to leave a 1-2″ space at the back of your waistband so that you can insert the elastic.
 Fold and iron a 1/2″ hem to the cuff of the pant legs.
 Sew pant hem with 1/4 – 1/2″ seam allowance.
 Here’s our hemmed pant legs.
 Now our pants should look like this.
 Measure your child’s waist and cut elastic.  I used 18″ of 3/4″ no twist elastic for my pants.  Insert the elastic into the waistband of the pants.  {I’m sure that there is a fancy elastic inserter tool but I just taped the elastic to a chopstick to push the elastic into the waistband.  Worked in a jiffy.}
 Pin the elastic ends together.
 Sew the ends of the elastic together.  Be sure to back stitch a few times.  Sew the waistband closed and voila!
 Cute, cargo-like pajama pants for your little one.
My mom and I made nine pairs of these puppies, assembly line style.  The kids love ’em! 
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  1. Andrea Brand . Charcoal and Crayons says

    Thank you for the great info! I find that the pajama pants that my mom sewed for me are by far the comfiest. Maybe someday I’ll get around to making some as well. Love the glow in the dark pockets too.

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