Sew Pajama Pants in just 15 Minutes
Pajama sets can get a bit pricey, some of them don’t have the best quality even. Why not make your own PJ pants? This is one of the easiest sewing projects out there especially if you’re a newbie. Keep on reading to find out how to make PJs!
If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you know that I love all things vintage. Lately, I’ve been especially fond of vintage sheets, afghans and, quilts. I’m always brimming with ideas for repurposing these treasures, and I even sell my finds in my small Etsy Shop.
I shared an article with genius ways to repurpose vintage sheets, and I fell in love with the idea of sewing pajama pants from vintage sheets.
Vintage sheets are really easy to sew and aside from that, they’re very cheap and effortless to find. Those are the top reasons why I gravitate towards this kind of fabric every time I want to create some pajama pants. I highly advise you to try sourcing out age-old linens because they remain super soft even after several washes.
Even if you wanted to buy a cheap set of pajamas from a store, you can obviously see the quality not being at its greatest. They sometimes can get too thin, flimsy, or even worse – very itchy. Why not try using vintage sheets instead? For its affordable price, you get your money’s worth, and even more!
What could be better? The soft feel of summer sheets is paired with gorgeous vintage patterns and didn’t even break your wallet! Read on to learn how to make this.
How Much Fabric to Make PJ Pants?
The proportion of the yards of fabric will change depending on the size of the person that you’re making it for. So about ½ yards for tiny kids, 1 yard for older kiddos, then up to 2 yards for adults.
You can take an old pair of pants from the person you’ll be making for and use that as a basis for the amount of fabric you’ll be needing. If you’re not comfortable with it, you can buy a pre-made pattern from the store.
I’ve had this pretty flat sheet for nearly a year. I picked it up for a steal – I believe less than a dollar – but part of me hated to cut them up.
However, It just wouldn’t sell on my Etsy shop. I took it as a sign. It was time to cut.
I realized I could sew a pair of pajama pants for me and both of my girls from the same sheet, and fell in love with the idea of matching mother-daughter pj’s.
The best part of these pants is the way they look and feel.
It’s just icing on the cake that they are SO easy. You can make these pajama pants by sewing just three seams in less than 15 minutes.
How to Sew a Pair of Pants
First, fold your fabric over and lay your favorite pair of pajama pants on top. Be sure to place the bottom hem about 1″ above the finished hem of your sheet. You want to take advantage of all of the existing hems on your sheet to make this project extra easy!
You’re going to cut about 1″-1.5″ around your finished pajama pants – with another extra inch or two at the waist. Then, fold your sheet again and cut one more time.
Pajama Pants from Vintage Sheets
Turn your cut pieces wrong side out and sew the interior side of each leg, up until about 0.5″ from the crotch.
Now, turn your legs right side out. You’re going to sew the two legs together by sewing seams 1 and 2, as shown in the below photo.
Finally, try the pants on and determine where you’d like the waist to hit. Fold it over, pin, and sew the waist closed, leaving about 1″ left un-sewn. You will fish your elastic through this band and sew the two ends together. Lastly, stitch the waistband closed.
That’s it! Your pajama pants are done! Keep in mind though that not everything will fit perfectly the first time. It’s okay to go through a little bit of trial and error and to not get frustrated immediately if the first pairs aren’t perfect.
The girls and I are obsessed with these. We’ve already decided we’re going to need more pairs. At about $0.33 per pair, I think I can swing that.
What do you think of our pajama pants from vintage sheets? Would you make these for yourself? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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