Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Easy Kids Pajamas

Since summer seems to be upon us, we've been finding our boys are needing more summertime pajamas.  
We tried the shorts-no-shirt to bed, but they feel they need their shirt.  
So.. a sewing I will go.  Makin' pj's.

Since shirts intimidate me a little, I'm still not 100% confident with that, I picked up some inexpensive t-shirts from Wal-Mart for a few dollars each.

Then I found some coordinating boyish cotton prints in my stash and went to work.

Essentially, this is a tutorial for the shorts, but I added a little pocket to the shirts.  Here's how I did it:

Take an existing pair of shorts to use as a template.  Just a heads up, this is pretty much just like the tutorial for making quick sweatpants for kids, but we`re making shorts from cotton fabric.  Though, feel free to create your pj shorts in any comfy fabric you like.

Fold your fabric in half and lay your folded shorts, inseam facing outwards, in line with your fold.  Trace and cut out, adding about a half an inch for seam allowance and an inch on the waist and leg bottoms.

Now do it again so you have two.

Lay your pieces together, right sides facing in.

Pin the sides together right to the curve (which is the crotch of your shorts).

Sew with half inch seam allowance, then zigzag stitch or serge your edges.

Once you`ve sewed both sides, open up your shorts, so your legs meet up.  

Now pin and sew together, so it looks like this.

Zigzag or serge your waist and the bottom edges of the legs.

Now you can create your waist.  Fold over the waist an inch or less and press with an iron and pin in place.

Do the same with your legs.

My boys are learning to get dressed themselves, so I added a folded piece of ribbon to create a `back`of the shorts.  If you like, pin it to the back of your shorts.  (Remember, your pieces are exactly the same, so you can choose either side for a `back`).

Sew your waistband, leaving a 3 inch gap for adding elastic.

Measure your child`s waist or use your existing shorts as a guide to how long you want your elastic.  Slide in your elastic with a safety pin and pin the ends together.

Sew your elastic together, then sew up the opening.

Sew your legs as well.  And your shorts are done!

To add a matching pocket to your shirt, take a piece of the fabric you used for the shorts and measure a square with your ruler.

Mine was 10cm x 10cm.

Once cut out, fold over one edge and press.

Sew that edge.  This is the top of your pocket.

Now you can fold and press the other three edges over, all about a quarter of an inch.

Place it on your shirt where you like and pin it on.

Sew fairly close to your edges, leaving the top open.


Now you have a matching set of pajamas for your little one!

The boys were so excited to wear them, I never even got to wash them first.

Loose and comfy shorts.  Perfect for summertime.

Luckily for me, they both chose which ones they liked, no fighting!  Phew.
Look how grown up they are now!  Standing still and smiling for pictures.  This is huge.

Guaranteed those pockets will be filled with little cars or figurines.

Have a terrific day!!

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Jode said... Best Blogger Tips

They look great and just look at those smiles! I use a similar sort of pants pattern for my twins and just keep adapting it!

Earning My Cape said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! Great tutorial, too!
Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party!

Paula Parrish said... Best Blogger Tips

Great PJs! Nice work. Looks like your boys loved their new PJ’s by their huge smiles. ;o) Paula

Carmen said... Best Blogger Tips

Excelent job! So tender those boys!

Carmen said... Best Blogger Tips

Ah, I've pinned your cake plate. It's a wonderful idea!

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said... Best Blogger Tips

super-duper cute. My boys pretty much just live in their swimsuits all summer.

Jan Berry said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great tutorial! Very cute!

Krissy Sherman Bonning said... Best Blogger Tips

This is great - thanks for breaking the steps down so clearly!

Lisa said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice! Pinning!

Motivated Mommy of two said... Best Blogger Tips

Those are the cutest pajamas ever, stopping by from the Super Link Party!

luvGodncountry said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this, I have pinned it and am now a new linky follower. Found you on Nifty Thrifty Things. Hope you'll stop by my blog sometime. Have a great week.

Troublet said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute! I'm planning on making my son some pjs. He's very tall for his age and I can no longer find pjs for him in the cute boy fabrics.

Thank you for sharing! I'm pinning this for reference.

...Followed you over from Southern Institute. :)

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute PJs!! LOVE the fabrics!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters said... Best Blogger Tips

Your sons are too cute for words!!! And awesome tutorial!!! Thanks so much for sharing at Two Sasters:)

Sparkle and Co said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for the tutorial! I'm happy to have seen your link from the creative-me blog hop. I'm a new follower now!

Tutus & Tea Parties said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful! Oh how I wish I could sew. Thanks for sharing at our Pinteresting Party.

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said... Best Blogger Tips

I am featuring this on my blog later tonight. Feel free to stop by later tonight to grab a button, if you like! :) Thanks so much for linking up to Tickled Pink!!

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute!! I love making pajamas. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

ToSewWith Love said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm in the same boat! I badly NEED more pants for the kids as sleepwear but I just can't find the time to sew (what with work, household chores and everything and I don't even have a day off YET) maybe when I get the time to make some, summer is already over. lol. thanks for sharing, girl. we're featuring this today, by the way!

have a fab weekend.


Kayla's Creations said... Best Blogger Tips

Your boys are adorable & you did a great job! I featured you today at Sunday round Up! Have a great weekend!

Kathryn Pepper said... Best Blogger Tips

Featuring YOU tonight! Thanks so much for linking up!!!


Kristin said... Best Blogger Tips

These are so cute and you made them look so easy to make =) Are the shorts pretty soft? I have a sensitive skinned little one and have to watch fabrics.

Tiff said... Best Blogger Tips

Those are so cute!!! Now I know I can make those!

luna said... Best Blogger Tips

Those pajamas are really so cute! I love it. I am going to make some for my kids. Some cartoon pajama like Spongebob or Dora would be nice for them

tomtom said... Best Blogger Tips

If they are not comfortable with short no shirt, you can try to get them used to wear winter PJ pant no shirt. For mine it's still easier than having one per season.

They_call_me_mommy said... Best Blogger Tips

May I ask how many yards of fabric you used? I assume I will only need one, (my son is in a 3T) but I wanted to check first so I don't end up short.

vixen Made said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't imagine you'd need more than a yard per pair of shorts. So you should be good! Have fun!