I’ve been wanting to share this sweet little DIY pattern with you for a while now. A quick, easy and great pair of DIY pjs.
What’s not to love, right?
I had marked this fabric – bought a-g-e-s ago from Walthastow Market (from that famous Man Outside of Sainburys) – for the stash swap scrap heap, but something about it called to me. I ended up using all 2 metres of fabric for two pairs of pjs (one adult and one toddler sized).
I even managed to squeeze in a pair of patch pockets on the bum. Because, you know, we all need pockets in our PJs to keep important things. Like wallets. Lipsticks. Etc.
I loved how easy these were to make and the fact that these are a great way to use up some stash AND give some homemade presents.
Heck, let’s be honest why not make a pair for yourself? You know you probably deserve it 🙂
The best bit – you don’t even need a pattern. All you need is a pair of PJs to create your own DIY pattern (see the instructions below).
And if I haven’t sold these to you already (did I mention there were patch pockets?) then how about the speediness? I managed to whip up two of these in less than 2 hours. Aces.
Super Easy DIY PJ How To
You will need:
a pair of pjs in the right size
fabric (how much depends on what size you’re making, but I made a toddler and a man’s medium with 2 metres of fabric)
large paper for the pattern
elastic for the waistband (measure around the waist plus 1 cm)
pen, thread, needles
1. Start by making your pattern. Fold your pair of PJ bottoms in half so that only one leg is showing.
2. Place the PJs with the longest side against a large piece of paper. I use dressmaker’s paper, but you could use wrapping paper or sheets of newspaper taped together.
Carefully trace around the outside of the PJs.
Add your seam allowance all around the pattern (except for the long edge that was against the paper). I added 1 cm, but you could add more or less, hey, they’re you’re PJs.
Cut out your pattern.
3. Now that you have your pattern, place the pattern on the folded edge of your chosen fabric. The selvedge should be running from the top waistband section of the pattern to the hem of the pattern.
Cut this out. Repeat so that you have a front and a back. Now you have your PJ bottoms ready.
4. Now to make the waistband. Cut 2 rectangles out of your fabric. These should be as wide as the waistband on your PJs and 2 x as tall as the elastic you will be using, plus seam allowance all the way around.
Now you have all your pieces cut. It’s time to get sewing.
5. With right sides together sew along the inseam of the PJ leg up to the curve of the crotch. Do this for both legs. Give the seam a good press and press towards the back of the leg.
6. Turn one leg right side out. Place this inside the other leg, so that right sides are together. Open up the crotch curve and sew all along this curve from the front to the back of the legs. It should form a wide U shape.
Press to seams open.
7. Place the two waistband pieces, right sides together. Sew both sides. Press seams open.
8. Now to attach the waist. Turn the waistband out so that the right side is facing out and the wrong sides are together. Fold the waistband in half along the long edge. Pin the long edge of the waistband along the top of the PJs so the the raw edges are matched.
Sew along the edge. Stop about 1″ from where you started. I usually leave a pin at the place I need to stop to remind me!
9. Now for the elastic – the elastic should be able to go around the waist of person wearing the PJs. Either use the real person or the waistband on the original PJs to work out how long your elastic needs to be. Add 1 cm.
Thread an elastic through the opening made in your PJ waistband. Pin one end to the opening so you don’t loose the elastic. When the elastic is threaded all the way through, overlap the ends by 1″. Make sure there are no twists in the elastic and then sew together.
Sew the gap in the waistband closed.
Hem the PJs closed.
Bam! That’s it you’re all done. Now go and give the gift of awesome pjs!