How to Sew Pajama Pants

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How to Sew Pajama Pants- perfect for the holidays and beyond, flannel pajama pants make for a simple sewing project.

How to Sew Pajama Pants


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How to Sew Pajama Pants

How to Sew Pajama Pants

Supplies needed:
Free sewing pattern (available in sizes XS-L) (sizes XL-4XL are here) (youth sizes are here)
Clear tape
Flannel fabric (I needed 2 1/2 yards- you can check the yardage for each size here)
1 1/2 inch elastic (your waist measurement plus 2 inches)

Print the free sewing pattern out. Lay the pattern out, matching the numbers and letters. Tape together. Cut along the pattern lines for the size and style of pant being made.

How to Sew Pajama Pants

Lay out pattern pieces on top of the fabric following the grain lines as marked. Cut the pieces out- a 5/8 inch seam allowance is included in the pattern.

For the pockets:

How to Sew Pajama Pants

Lay one pocket piece, right sides together, on top of each pant leg piece in the top corner. Match side and waist seams of pockets and pant leg. Attach the pocket to the pant leg by sewing the side seam of the pocket to the pant. Repeat this 4 times for each pattern piece.

How to Sew Pajama Pants

Press the pockets open along the seam, with seam allowance towards the pocket. The right sides of both the pant fabric and pocket fabric should be showing. Understitch along the pocket by sewing on the pocket 1/8″ from the seam. This will keep the pocket from showing on the outside once finished.

Sewing the Pant Legs

With the right sides together, match the front and back legs together. Pockets and outer side seams should match. The two legs should be mirror images of each other so that you have a right and left leg.
Pin around the pocket and down the side seam of each leg. Sew around the pocket, starting at the top and continuing down around the curve. When the pocket meets the leg, sew 5/8″ into the pant, finishing with the needle just past the seam from attaching the pocket. Lower the needle into the fabric and pivot the pants to sew down the rest of the leg. Repeat for other leg.

Return to the top of the pants at the waist seam. Pin and sew 1″ of the side seams where the pockets are attached, sewing just outside of the pocket seam.

Fold pockets toward the front of the pants. Pin so that the top edge of the pocket lays flat against the waist seam of the pants. Baste in place using 1/2″ seam allowance.

Match inseams together. Pin and sew along the seam.

Sewing Legs Together

Turn one leg right-side out. Tuck leg that is right side out into the other pant leg so that the legs are right sides together. Pants should match at the inseams, center front and center back. Pin along the curved crotch seam. Sew along seam. Turn pants right side out.

For the Waistband

Sew short end of waistband right sides together and fold waistband in half and press. Lay pants out on worksurface, front side up and right sides out.

How to Sew Pajama Pants

With the waistband still unfolded, pin the waistband right sides together to the waist seam of the pants, matching center fronts. Make sure you are attaching the half of the waistband with the buttonholes and that they are centered at the center front seam.

How to Sew Pajama Pants

Sew waistband to pants. Press seam allowance toward waistband. Fold waistband along pressed line. Turn seam allowance in and baste or pin in place along the waist seam, enclosing the seam allowance in the waistband.

Top stitch waistband at seam leaving a 1 1/2″ opening at the center back for inserting the elastic.

Inserting the elastic

Measure elastic to the size of your waist. Tunnel elastic through waistband using a safety pin. Once all the way around, pin ends together and check to make sure elastic is lying flat all the way around. Overlap ends of elastic by 1″. Sew ends together. Sew the hole in waistband closed.

For the hem

Turn raw edge of hem up by 1/2″ and then again 1″. Pin and sew along the edge to hem.

How to Sew Pajama Pants

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