How to Sew Pajama Pants
This tutorial is for drafting your own pajama pattern. Making your own pajama pattern is a great way to learn to sew. The tutorial below shows a basic way to practice your sewing skills and you finish with a comfy pair of lounge pants for a rainy Sunday.
Pajama pants and lounge pants are popular. Knowing how to make your own is a great way to learn to sew and they make a wonderful personalized gift. Pajama pants are very easy to make and if you are a beginner learning to sew, they make a useful project to practice your sewing skills.
Let’s Get Started
I emphasize "accuracy" when sewing, even if it is a pair of
lounge pants or pajama pants, it’s nice to have them turn
out looking professional. So let’s make the best pair of pj pants you will be proud to wear or give as a gift.
For a sewing pattern, you have three options.
- You can draft your own pattern using a pair of lounge pants you have and dress maker’s tissue paper. (Follow instructions as below)
- You can purchase a ommercial sewing pattern.
- You can pick out the stitches from an old pair of lounge pants and use this as your pattern template. (Follow instructions as below)
What You Will Need To Draft Your Pattern
If you choose to draft a pattern, you can use a large sheet of construction paper, but I recommend using pattern making paper pererably with a grid. The reason for this is accuracy. The grid lines save you time and frustration in the end. Here is an example below.
- Sharp Scissors or Rotary Cutter & Mat.
- Polyester all purpose thread in coordinating color.
- 1" wide elastic, the width of your waist plus 1/2" for the
- Ribbon or twill tape for the draw string. (optional if using
Look at the samples of fabrics below. The best type of fabrics for pajama pants are as shown below. Why is this important? When choosing a fabric, think comfort. You wouldn’t want to sleep in a heavy weight fabric that is stiff like denim for instance.
You will find fabric in a variety of places, most commonly at your local fabric store or if you live in a remote area, online fabric stores are convenient.
Making The Pajama Pants
Step by Step
- Turn your existing pajama pants inside out and put one leg inside the other.
Place your pants on the paper and smooth them out.
Note: If you are pulling your lounge pants apart and using the pieces as your pattern, then omit this step.
Pajama Pattern Step 1:
Preparing your pattern
- Place a ruler on the edge of the seam and with a
pencil or water soluble marker, trace the perimeter of the pants. Keep as accurate as
- *Add 1 1/4" (3.2cm) at the top
for the waistband.
- *Add 1" (2.5cm) at the bottom for the hem.
- *Add 1/2" seam allowance at the crotch and side seams.
- *Draw a line down the center of both pattern pieces. You will use this
to make sure that your pajama pattern is centered properly on the
fabric. Please see photo below.
- * Write on your pattern pieces if it is the front or the back of your
pajama pattern, as photo below. Now cut out your pattern so you have two pieces, front and back.
Pajama Pants Step 2: Pinning on the pattern
- Your pattern is cut out and now you can pin it to the fabric.
- Don't forget to use the straight of grain line you place on the pattern piece and measure to keep your pattern straight.
Pajama Pants Step 3:
Cutting your fabric
- Your pattern is on and pinned, now you can cut out your pajamas.
Pajama Pattern Step 4:
Sewing the pants
- With one back and one front pants panel together, sew the inside seam together. The photo at the right shows the two pieces pinned.
- Here I am using a serger, but of course you will sew with what ever machine you have.
- Press your inside seams flat.
- With right sides of the fabric together, place your two front and back pieces together as shown in the photo. Make sure your edges are even and the inside seams match up.
- You can now see your pajamas are coming together. Now press your seams flat.
- Stitch the crotch seam together.
Pajama Pattern Step 5 :
The waist band
- For the waist band, measure 1 inch or 2.5 cm and mark this all the way around the top of your pj's.
- Fold and pin the 1 inch over to form the casing for your waist band.
Optional Draw String Waist
Note: The next step is optional. The added casing is for a draw string as well as a decorative touch. Sew the photo below.
- From the creased fold line measure 1/2 inch. Pin one in wide ribbon at the 1/2 inch mark.
- Sew the top and bottom of the ribbon to hold in place. You will cut a piece of the same ribbon and feed through the casing for a draw string waist. As above.
Pajama Pants Step 6 :
Sewing the elastic
- Measure around your waist to determine the length of elastic you will need, remember to allow an extra 1 inch for the seam allowance.
- Sew the two ends of elastic together. Now you will need to mark four equal sections on the elastic. This will be used to match each seam allowance to make sure your elastic is even.
- Pin the elastic to top of your pajama pants. Making sure your edges are even.
- Sew your elastic at one of the seam allowances as show. This will help to keep the elastic in place. At the top of the elastic, sew your all the way around the band
- After you secure the elastic, fold the fabric over at the crease to form casing.
- *Your elastic will be inside the casing.
- Now sew the bottom edge of the fabric to secure it.
Pajama Pattern Step 7 :
To form the hem measure 1 inch from the bottom. Press flat.
Now stitch close the edge of the fabric, and your hem will be done.
Finished Front & Back
I hope you find this tutorial easy enough to try. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me here.