One of the projects I did back in fourth grade for Home Economics subject was DIY pajama pants. And no we didn’t use any machines back then. We had to hand sew it. I remember the fabric used, too. The fabric was flannel and it was baby pink with moons and stars for print. LOL! So girly, right? Yes, my friends, I was the girly girl back when I was a lot younger.
A couple of weeks ago, I finally decided to buy my own mini sewing machine which I had been eyeing for quite a long time now. Since I got it, I was really itching to sew something for the little boy. And so, I decided to make pajama pants as my first sewing machine project.
The last time I’ve sewn something (except for the occasional clothes repair) was a pillow case. It was hand sewn, too. That was way back 12 years ago. I came to the big metro with very few things it could actually fit in one big luggage. And since I needed pillow cases, and I had scrap fabric big enough for one, I went ahead and sewed one instead of buying it from the mall which was, to me, that time, very expensive.
So I was really excited to sew something a bit more complicated than stitching two ends of the fabric. LOL!
Creating the pattern
Since the last time I sewed a pajama was way back in fourth grade, I could no longer remember how to make the pattern. I had to resort to Google to try and find how to make one but the easiest way was to trace one of Z’s existing pajama pants instead.
I don’t have parchment paper big enough for a pattern and I no longer have a stash of manila paper so I had to resort to an old calendar page. Yep, my wall calendar is huge. LOL!
I had to neatly fold the pajama so I could trace it properly. Z’s pants is already loose on him but I still needed to add about half an inch allowance for the seam. And I think I added another half an inch on the fabric when I cut it. I was that cautious. Haha! I only used half of the fabric I bought, which was basically half yard. That means I can still make another pants.
I got a bit scared of messing up when I was about to start sewing. LOL! But once I got the hang of it, everything was easy. But I still need to work on getting my stitches follow the lines.
I had to sew one leg at a time because I was working at midnight. The sewing machine isn’t really quiet, too, so I had to inconvenience Z’s nanny who sleeps on the couch in the living room when I work. Hence the reason I had to work in batches.
Sewing one leg was easy. Sewing the two pieces together was a bit tricky because it wasn’t just going straight down. I had to follow a little bit of a curve and make sure that I was sewing it evenly.
After sewing the pieces together, the last one I needed to sew using the machine would be the waistband but making sure that I leave a small opening for the garter. I made the leg part longer than the length I need. I just folded it to the right length and then hand stitched it.
DIY Pajama Pants Project Success!
Tadaaa! Here I present the finished product.
I was so excited when I finally completed pants. The first thing I did was to send a photo of it to my Mom. Oh and I sent it at around midnight, too! Haha!
After taking a photo of my DIY pajama pants, I immediately washed it so I could let the little boy wear the next night. It is a still bit long and lot more loose than the Star Wars pajama I used for the pattern. But it looks good on the little boy, don’t you think?
I’m happy about this project even if it was not perfect. Far from it. I still have half of the fabric so I am planning to make another pair. And maybe instead of buying, I’ll just make more of this one for the little boy. Any tips where I can find cotton fabrics with car designs? LOL!
Since this post is not exactly an instructional manual, you can check out this link from Instructables. I used this as my guide and it was really helpful and easy to understand.
What do you think? I am open to suggestions and recommendations to make my next pair better. Or if you have any suggestions of what I can make the next time, lemme know in the comments below.