Picture of How to Sew Your Own Pajama Pants
This instructable shows you how to sew easy-to-make pajama bottoms in any size. I don't know if you have shopped for any pajamas lately but they are crazy expensive. At Land's End, they want $24.50 plus shipping for toddler-sized flannel pajama bottoms. When you see how easy it is to make PJs, the man behind the curtain is revealed and you see what a racket that is. These pants are for my son's "Fall Festival" day at school which banned costumes in favor of a pajama day.

I also make matching pajama bottoms for the family every Christmas because I am crazy and I like everyone to match in the Christmas morning pictures. I don't care if my hair is sticking up or my husband needs a shave but we all must match in the pictures like the Brady Bunch on Tour every Christmas morning. It is not possible to find matching pajamas in the four sizes we need so I buy enough awesomely cheesy Christmas flannel to outfit the whole gang. Then we get plain t-shirts in a complementary color so we can keep on, keep on, keep on dancing through Christmas day.

One small disclaimer:
If you're making kids' pj pants, these are technically supposed to be called lounge pants because they are made from regular woven cotton or flannel and worn by children. There are all kinds of laws addressing the safety of children's sleepwear and anything worn to bed by children is supposed to be snug-fitting in case of fire. That's why all those stretchy cotton PJ sets for kids are tight as an old lady's compression hose. They don't want to get sued if your child gets burnt in a fire. The looser PJ pants are made from fire-retardant material which never feels nice like cotton. So send your children to bed in these pants at your own risk.

The concept is good; however, for a proper fit over the bum you can't cut them with a side fold, with the same curve in the front and back. If you look at a pair of properly fitting pants(or a commercial pattern), the curve in the front is shallower than the one in back that has to curve around your behind, and meet in the middle. The back rise is also about an inch higher than the rise in the front, plus what you need to add for elastic casing. So, start with a double width of paper: trace the front curve, then carefully turn the pants over and re-adjust to pull out the back curve and trace that part. Measure your waist, and the waist of the pants, to make sure you've allowed enough for size - add a few inches for comfort, if you want. Use your pattern flat, not on a fold, and cut two pieces. Then proceed as above. I did this with another leader as a 4-H project at camp one year to make shorts (we called them "jams" back then) and made dozens of pairs. We had one basic pattern, and adjusted the width for the kids' sizes.

rsimcock3 months ago
I am a beginner with a machine but managed to make these cute pj bottoms for my son.
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nicolla.breen7 months ago

question about if your working with a plus size pattern is there any part that should be given a little more care? say if they have a Buddha belly or juicy thighs should you focus on those?

kathy.stenner7 months ago

You need a pattern that gives the higher rise in back and gives a more rounded bum. You would cut tou the waist on an angle.

Hi! I am currently making a pair of pajamas and I am at the "trying it on" step. The leg width is just fine but I have a problem with the rise : it is too low on the back (my panties show when I bend over) and too high on the front (higher than belly button). It is the exact same size for the front and the back but I have a bum to fit in...

I really like the fabric I have used and I would hate to have wasted my time (and fabric). I assume I could add a little fabric at the top as a belt, instead of just rolling the rise down to hide the elastic, but that's only a theory and I'm not quite sure how to do it... Any advise?

I am having this exact same issue. Did you ever find a solution?

Nope. Since the author didn't reply and I got frustrated at having sewn something I couldn't use, I un-sewed it all and used what I could of the fabric to make something else.

Bummer. Thanks for the quick reply! I think I am going to go forward, as I have promised 13 of my family members matching pjs for Christmas. I think I will add an inch at the top and then the wearer can fold down the elastic in the front. I have used the posted instructions for 10+ pairs already and they turned out great, but they have all been for kids. The first pair I made for my husband didn't go so well. Happy Holidays!

compwalla (author)  sugardreams8 months ago

If your rise is too short when you try them on, then you didn't add enough allowance at the top to fold over to make the casing for the elastic. You really need to be generous at the top allowance because it's much easier to trim extra than it is to try and add once you've already cut. The pants you pick as a pattern will also make a huge difference. If you pick a pair of jeans that have a lower rise, you're going to have trouble with the rise on your PJ pants. When you make the pattern from pants that already fit you, think about what kind of pants you're starting with and adjust the seam allowances accordingly. Starting with snug-fitting jeans that have a low to medium rise? You're going to want to be more generous with your allowances when you draw around them to make your paper pattern.

Thank you both! I used pajama pants to make my pattern, but the material was different than the flannel i am using. they were also all older jama bottoms that had been stretched out. For some of them my sister just mailed me their jama pants traced on paper and I had to make a lot of adjustments for them not being laid out very well. I am definitely nervous about this project! For anyone over 11 years old I added 3" to the top and bottom since the 2" i added when doing my husbands were both too short in the length and rise.

ValerieG8 months ago

Just went through this pattern to help a friend learn how to sew. Took about 4 hours from finding pants to "copy" to finished product, with many breaks to double/triple check. Great instructions!

The one confusing note was sewing the "outside of the legs" - I kept thinking we were doing something wrong, since this was actually the inside seam, but for the separate pant legs. Once we worked through that it was smooth sailing.

ChelseaCaz8 months ago
Awesome!! I'm making 5 pair for family for Christmas. Excited to try it out! Joanns has 50% off fleece right now!
HandiGirl9 months ago

Thankyou for your very inspiring instructable.......you remind me of my departed beloved mother ........she always made her own patterns out of unused brown meat wrapping paper ......she always added a little extra room for the bum to be more comfy. Keep up the great work......looking forward to your next sewing instructable...

BeaucoupBeck9 months ago

I made a pair following these instructions last year and it worked great! Joann Fabrics has flannel on sale right now so I'm going to make some more. Thanks for sharing your expertise!

AdrienneB19 months ago

OK! So I've decided my family is going to do some super awesome Christmas pictures this year instead of the same ol' boring traditional 'everyone dresses up and smiles pretty for the camera' Christmas cards. I have looked several places and read many tutorials of how to make jammie bottoms for my family and this seems to be the one I keep gravitating back towards, so starting tonight I'm going to try it out! But before I start cutting and sewing I was reading through many comments and many of my questions were answered, but I do have one more. So, we fold our fabric in half to cut the leg according to a pair of pants that we are using ... so when we are sewing there is only one seam, correct? Just on the inside? Maybe this is a no-brainer, but I just wanted to make sure before I start cutting and snipping away ;)

compwalla (author)  AdrienneB19 months ago

You are correct. Since the legs are cut on the fold, you will have only one seam per leg inside the leg, from the floor to the crotch. The outside part, the part from floor to hip and waist, will be on the fold and have no seam.

LauraG211 months ago

Thanks for this post, so helpful. Just made my first pair, I am a very beginner sewer, the pictures were extremely helpful.


cantonio31 year ago

Thanks!! Didn't just make pyjamas, but, made everyday pants, as well!!

Pattihabby1 year ago

What Great instructions and Thank You !!!

I make my pattern from the worn out ones. For children, this is fine but us adults with more "developed" back ends, well !!!!!

I sometimes, go to a goodwill type store and buy a cheap pair that fits me and deconstruct them. I do this for many sewing projects. I, also, buy things just to be able to use the fabric for my sewing projects.

cloner1 year ago
very good instructable! any tips on choosing the fabric? my sons' skin are a bit sensitive. thanks :)
compwalla (author)  cloner1 year ago

My younger one is sensitive as well. I've found it matters more what products I use in the wash rather than what the fabric is made from. Any nice 100% cotton print or 100% cotton flannel will feel nice. These don't have tags to irritate after all.

any tricks to pockets for these pants?. very new to the stay at home scene and well this can learn but let's just say me and jo ann fabrics don't see eye.
compwalla (author)  waemisegger1 year ago

I've never added pockets (what do you keep in your pockets when you sleep?) but if you wanted to you could make the legs out of four pieces instead of two and add the pocket when you sew up the outer leg.

shayneko1 year ago
I want to say thank you.. I am a plus size woman and its 40 or more bucks for pajamma pants and I wear mine out so fast since I love them. This has not only saved me a tone! but helped me be able to make things for gifts for friends and family members. One being a best friend that has the same issue.. thank you so much ^_^
Azalara1 year ago
My favourite Instructable! Thank you SEW much for sharing this, I will never buy pajama pants again! I didn't have paper for a pattern, or an iron to press the edges, and my PJ's still turned out great! They're zebra print, so I will DEFINITELY wear them out for my next latte, old women tut-tutting is too entertaining to pass up!
mapalch1 year ago
Great tutorial! Thanks for your efforts - it is way better/easier than following a store-bought pattern. Just made some pj pants and they turned out great!
musicalsoul2 years ago
Hi this was a great instructable, i was wondering though how much matierial would you reommend for really big lounge pants?
cphillips212 years ago
These instructions are very helpful. I have a question. I'd like to make these pajama pants footed. Do you have instructions for this? I have purchased the non-slip material to use. Thanks
compwalla (author)  cphillips212 years ago
I sure don't. :( I think you could probably find a commerical pattern for jammies with feet. I am envisioning elastic around the ankles and a foot part you join to the bottom of the pant leg but I don't have anything written up to follow for feetie pajamas. Good luck!
nbrandt12 years ago
I loved this tutorial. I have been sewing since I was about 12, so I already knew all this, but it was fun to read the "snarky" comments. I'm going to make a bunch of pajama pants for my son for Christmas as he's outgrown all the ones I've made him in the past. Thanks for the fun read.
Maddymaba2 years ago
These were my first real attempt at making anything that wasn't a bag. They turned out great and look adorable on my daughter! Your instructions were easy to follow especially for me as a beginner. Thanks!
hayland2 years ago
Just made my son a pair of these, they fit great and he loves them:) Thank you for the easy instructions. I am new at sewing, just bought an old sewing machine and have only made a jean purse before these and had no problem:)
Mama Tea3 years ago
Great tutorial! Perfect for revamping my kids' fall pj supply :-)
I got a sewing machine just yesterday, and was able to make these as my first project, even though I'd never worked a sewing machine before. I'd say that means you have some pretty great instructions:)

My pants came out looking pretty good, but I had some thread mishaps;) Not the fault of these instructions at all, just a learning curve for a newbie. I will be using this instructable again in the future! Thanks so much for instructions so easy a total novice can use them! Witty AND useful. I love it!
magestuff6 years ago
Thank you so much for these instructions. I am making lounge pants for my daughter right now! I am at step 6 and it looks so pretty already. Got to go buy wide elastic as I think it will help to keep elastic from twisting after a few uses. Does this happen to you? any tips? By the way this is the first time I am making any kind of clothing for my kids and I am very excited.
compwalla (author)  magestuff6 years ago
The wide elastic does help and so does sewing your casing as narrow as you can get away with. I try to sew mine just slightly wider than the elastic I'm using so there isn't as much room for the elastic to turn around in the casing in the washing machine. Good luck!
I used to use really wide elastic in waistbands until I discovered the wonders of soft six-cord elastic; its strong enough but very flexible and despite being fairly narrow, never ever twists up in a waistband even if you don't make the casing very narrow itself. I got a reel of 250 metres for only about £8 from ebay. Its really good for those with sensitive skin or sensory issues as well because even inside a fabric casing the wider types of elastic can be irritating to such people.
thanks for the info. I finished two lounge pants for my kids. They look great and they love them too. I went with the wider elastic. but next time I'll use a narrow one. Now that I know I can sew something sucessfully I am moving onto coats for kids!
If you put a tack (several small stitches on top of each other - you can also use a brief zig-zag stitch with the stitch length set to 0) at the four compass points of the waistband, that helps considerably with the rolling/twisting factor without interfering with the stretch of the elastic.
marglover3 years ago
A great source for elastic is your hubby's worn out underwear. The underwear usually croaks way before the top band. Nice wide elastic and it didn't cost a thing! :)
thepkl3 years ago
if you use muslin for your pattern you can use it over and over again.
ccn2223 years ago
Great instructions. I was a bit confused at first, but the photos helped make the steps clear. Nice job! Thanks!
lediva3 years ago
wonderful tute! thankyou:) Made my 4yo son some pirate themed pyjama pants & they turned out great & didnt take long with my serger;) Love it! going to make more! brilliant.
Just made myself a pair :) they're comfy and fit really well!!!! although i did accidentally twist the elastic :) I made mine out of an old doona cover. Stripey :D
omgitsbeth3 years ago
Knocked a pair of these out in an hour and a half. Mmm, flannel jammie bottoms.

Brilliant (and funny) instructions. Thanks a lot!
bma20033 years ago
What great instructions! I just have one quick question: When we place our pattern on the fabric to cut, do we need the1/2" seam allowance on the straight edge that goes along the fold of the fabric, or no? I'm such a nervous sewer and I want to do it right! :-)
compwalla (author)  bma20033 years ago
You can skip that seam allowance if you want the pants to fit a little closer. Adding the extra makes them really loose and baggy. I tend to leave it off because my kids are built like pencils but if your PJ wearer has, um, ample thighs for instance you might want to leave that on. :)
bma20033 years ago
What great instructions! I just have one quick question: When you're cutting out the pattern, do we need that 1/2" seam allowance on the outside straight edge that we marked on our pattern, or do we not need that and put that straight edge along the fold w/out the 1/2" seam allowance. I'm such a nervous sewer and I want to do it right! :-)
Azalara3 years ago
Thank you -sew- much for this. It's clear, easy to follow, pictures are great, and you're hilarious! I'll be using this for a long time to come.
I'm making a pair for my Dad right now and I wanted to be fancy, so I'm putting some pockets in.
You're great! Thanks again!!!
I don't quiet understand this part of the instructions. I am making pj pants for a 7 year old who takes a size 8 childrens, (atleast thats the size of pants i measured) and i only bought 1 1/2 yards of fabric.
Anyway ,the part i really don't understand is what you mean by "Fold your fabric just enough to accommodate your pattern" and in the picture it shows it folded in half twice.
compwalla (author)  ForeverSiren3 years ago
So you have a piece of fabric 1.5 yards long and about 44" wide. If you have the pattern cut out for one leg, you're going to need to cut two of those. So if you've only got 44" wide of fabric to work with and a small-ish sized leg, you don't want to fold the fabric exactly in half because that's a waste. You'll cut a leg-shaped hole out of the middle and be left with not enough to cut both legs.

So. What you need to do is lay out the 44" of fabric and fold the selvedge edge (the finished edge along the long sides of the fabric) towards the middle only as far as you need to fit the leg pattern on there. Then cut Leg #1 out. Now you need a second leg so you refold and cut Leg #2.
Oh! Thank you so much! That really cleared things up. Thanks again! :)
you are hilarious!! thanks so much...they came out great!
deborahabe3 years ago
Thanks for awesome instructions. I was able to make a toddler a matching pair of pajama bottoms out of a pajama top utilizing the sleeves as legs. I also appliqued a plain Toddler shirt to match the pants. (To find similar matching pajamas for my daughter & 2 granddaughters cost $160 total online.) Though I had to buy an additional pair of women's pajamas in order to make the toddler pants, I used just the top—allowing my other daughter to have the intact PJ pants. By doing it this way, I only spent $80 for all 4 people. I think they will be thrilled on Christmas Eve.
abibby3 years ago
I'm so glad I've found this site! My husband (who's great at crafts) has decided that we should make each other a gift for Christmas - I don't have a creative bone in my body and had no idea what to make.

One thing I can do is sew (I made him a great Austin Powers suit from some old velvet curtains a few years ago), and he can never find PJ bottoms long enough so this idea will be my saving grace.

Thanks Compwalla, you're a star!!
GolfinMom44 years ago
Hi Compwalla,
I was wondering if one could use a knit material for these pants? What changes would need to be made in the sewing technique?
Thanks! Great instructable, by the way.
compwalla (author)  GolfinMom43 years ago
If you're using a knit, make sure you're using the right kind of needle. And if you have a serger, you could serge the leg and crotch seams instead of straight sewing them. If you don't have a serger, using the double seam is probably the safest thing. Just make sure you're not stretching the fabric as you feed it under the needle.
gpoldaas3 years ago
Thanks so much! Saves us a bunch on christmas gifts this year I'm glad I came across this instructional. Now... All I need is a 6pack to bribe my husband into being a good sport and being my "test subject" for the first pair of pants.
Question: Would there need to be any modifacations done to the pattern to work with a pregnant woman's increasing belly??
Thanks Alot!
compwalla (author)  gpoldaas3 years ago
Oh goodness. A maternity pair is tricky. If you have a pair of maternity pants to use as a pattern that would help. Otherwise I'd probably suck it up and buy a pattern just in case.
trish523 years ago
I have the material, pair of fitting pants, and paper for pattern all set to go. Just wondering if you've ever tried making the back rise longer than the front, or should I just go with the same for front and back? Thanks!!
compwalla (author)  trish523 years ago
You could but I've never done this on these pants. This is a quick-and-dirty but you can try it and see if it works.
Excellent idea - definitely going to try this. And such subtle, old-fashioned fabric too - like the kind Grandma might have worn on Christmas morning XD
This is great!!! Thank you so much for all the good info and you cracked me up! I will make my husband crazy by making him wear matching pants! =)
mwillhoite3 years ago
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I plan on making these for Christmas. I am going to put our first initials on a plain t-shirt with the same fabric. You are saving me a crap-ton of money!!!!!
jruggles3 years ago
Oh man - I love you and I don't even know you! This tutorial is perfect for my needs and clear to understand. Plus, you are hilarious! Thanks!
lmohamedi4 years ago
jus made ma sista a pair and it luks wickid i want to sew the pyjama top now buh where to find it )
mdillingham4 years ago
This is an excellent tutorial. Made several pairs and they all turned out well! Thank you!
knksews4 years ago
Thank you!! After reading several pj pant descriptions on-line I came to this one and wow, it doesn't get any better. These directions work! So often I try a store bought pattern and it comes out so badly fitting (usually too tight) that I give up frustrated and sad a nice piece of fabric I was excited about went to waste. I have many of those sitting as scraps in my sewing box. But with your instructions I made a pair of perfectly fitting pj shorts in about 1 hour! I just followed the instructions but traced a pair of pj shorts rather than long pants. Thank you so much for posting. If you have directions for any other sewing projects please share!
keldridge14 years ago
Thanks for the tutorial and for the great ideas! I started this morning and few hours later I had perfectly fitting pj bottoms and a matching tunic top! I used an old sheet with a paisley pattern.
thanks again!
compwalla (author)  keldridge14 years ago
Sweet! I'm glad they turned out well. :)
Well put together, hilarious instructable! Thanks again! I'll definitely be bookmarking and sharing it!

GREAT instructions and pictures! I REALLY appreciate the time you put into making this instructable! Thank you!

bridge474 years ago
Thank you so much! I made them for my stepdad for Christmas and will make a pair for myself soon too.
I just wanted to say thank you. I saw this a long time ago and it finally came in handy! Your instructions are great. I don't have a lot of experience sewing.....yet but this was SO helpful. Thanks to you my boyfriend has christmas presents no one else will have :)
ksid4now4 years ago
Thanks again for this, I made it through until the elastic and then realized I don't have any. So much for the gathering your materials first! Great instructions!
ksid4now4 years ago
Great tutorial! I love sewing without buying patterns. I reposted on my blog about making things (mostly presents right now) at http://maketwincities.blogspot.com/
I really loved reading your how-to, I'm still chuckling over the grandpa pants bit...
But now I have a question!

I have a LOT of sewing experience. But I have never, ever, sewn anything for a man. Now I am trying to make a pair of pj pants for my boyfriend for Christmas and I have no idea how to do the open-crotch thing. He and I are basically the same size, so I was going to trace my own pjs to get the pattern, but then I remembered that he'd probably be more comfortable if I could figure out how to do a front opening. I'm guessing it is similar to jeans, but I don't know about the length from waistband to crotch, or how much I need to overlap the fabric to keep the pants decent when he's sitting down...
Since you've made lots of pj pants, do you think you could give me a few pointers? Thanks!
compwalla (author)  PhilosopheFop4 years ago
I have never made a peeping fly like that partly because I learned from my husband that it's apparently much easier to just pull down the whole front bit of the boxers or pajamas instead of trying to navigate it through a flap. Have you had this flap discussion with your boyfriend? Maybe he is a flap devotee but I'm guessing he probably isn't and you can safely skip it.
leggs20024 years ago
I've used your ible a couple of times for the last 2 halloweens to make their costume pants. my sons were very impressed with my amazing skills. thanks for making me look awesome!
cdrunge4 years ago
Thanks so much! Great instructions. I've made a pair for my son's Indian Halloween costume! I might have to make some for the family for Christmas! Thanks again!
puppyhakase5 years ago
i'm a dude who's had little experience sewing outside of home economics class in junior highschool. always enjoyed it, but never really had much in the way of time or education in the finer arts of tailoring. i'll be using this guide in conjunction with others to tailor my own onesie jumpsuit. it's given me quite the insight into what i should look for to make something fit properly. thanks!
platty7645 years ago
nip down to your local decorating shop and get a "long sample" of wallpaper.  It's tough enough to last for many pairs.
Wow - that's an awesome idea! Especially if you're cutting several layers (i.e. corsets). Since they'll roll fairly easily, you could store them in a map/blueprint holder, too... hmmmm... (brain churning)
boberry5 years ago
Thanks so much for your tutorial, i made my first piece of clothing today thanks to you, and working on another pair. my daughters picked out the fabric months ago, but until finding this tutorial this morning i did not feel confident enough to give it a go :)
Harold Nick5 years ago
Just what I was looking for... Great instructions, Thank you!!!! Good job. Liz, S. C.
domino99995 years ago
My sample pair was a 3T and what I made looks like a 5T! I guess I need to work on my pattern-making... but they are adorable and I'm going to try again to make a pair my son can actually wear! Thank you!
sandy_swiss5 years ago
My pjs are super comfortable and durable adult footed pajamas. I wear them all the time especially on those cold winter days. I got them from www.footedpajamas.com and they are great!
hobbles5 years ago
I was sewing holes in my favorite pajama pants and wondered if I could make some. I did a quick search and your instructable came up. I used a old bed sheet that I found and used the elastic in it for the waste band also. I didnt feel like making pajamas since I just moved out to Florida and it is getting super hot out so I made shorts pretty much the same way. I used black thread because I didnt feel like changing it in the sewing machine so I just wrote the fender logo in black to make it look like it was on purpose. Also I made a makeshift pocket for my right side so I can put my phone in it. Im sure my friends are gonna rip on me for making them and my mom already called me Martha Stewert so im expecting some more coming.

Here they are.....
i91.photobucket.com/albums/k295/metallicamanjj/DSC00059-1.jpg pocket close up

i91.photobucket.com/albums/k295/metallicamanjj/DSC00060.jpg    folded

i91.photobucket.com/albums/k295/metallicamanjj/DSC00058.jpg unsfolded

i91.photobucket.com/albums/k295/metallicamanjj/DSC00038.jpg with me in them

nuentoter5 years ago
This was an awesome instructable I finally made a comfy pair of pj's THANKS SO MUCH!!!!
Jennyr515 years ago
Got a sewing machine for Christmas. Bought my first fabric yesterday. I'm tall and can never find pajama pants my length, so this is going to be the first thing I try to make. Right now I'm really excited, but we'll see once I get going. Wish me luck.
nullgraph5 years ago
This is an awesome instructable! I have never sewn before but this will be my first project. I have a question though. Does anybody know how much fabric I will need for a pair of pants for a 5-feet-ish person?
jmccolley5 years ago
These instructions are great!  I just spent hours perusing sewing books I got out of the library, but with your step by step pictures, I feel confident I can make my kids some half way normal lounge pants.  Thanks so much.  And you're funny too! 
eguerry5 years ago
i decided that i wanted to make all of my presents this year and this is a perfect opportunity for me to start sewing. im a beginner, but i have a veteran's help. i was thinking that i would rather make the pants with a draw string, but im not sure how to do that. some advice?
compwalla (author)  eguerry5 years ago
What I would do is make two buttonholes in the front of the waistband before I folded it down. That way you would be able to make the waistband the same way - fold twice and sew around - and you wouldn't have to leave an opening because you could thread your drawstring through the buttonholes. Buttonholes used to be really hard but most machines have an automatic buttonholer now that makes it much easier. Practice making the buttonholes on a scrap first until you are comfortable with aligning them and making the buttonholes. Good luck!
Duffledilly5 years ago
 I suspect you're certifiable. Gimme more of this insanity! 

P.S. You know they say insanity's hereditary? We get it from our kids...... he he!
pettiskim5 years ago
Great tutorial!  I searched the internet  for a pajama pants tutorial for the same reason you make them:  I want my husband, my son and I to wear the same cheeseball pjs on Christmas!  I bought a pattern from JoAnns that was a tad too complicated so I decided to google it!  Thank goodness this tutorial popped up!  I already made the first pair, sans the cuff hems.  So Easy!  Thankyou for helping me to start a new family tradition! 
sumrandom15 years ago
THis is very cool, all my friends are getting PJ pants this year for xmas, i have lots of fabric.  Yes, im a dude that sowes and yes i am straight.  I used to use the portable sowing machine that i bought from craigslist to make my own hoodie designs, but now im expanding to PJ pants, maybe next year square pillow cases we will see :)

thanks for the post

   That's awesome!  Iam a 35 year old straight married man who also sews.
 I thouhgt I was the only one.  I have a website you should check out.  So tell me you made these pants?  East??  THnaks Aaron
Thank you so much! You've made Christmas a lot easier this year!  I like using fleece material!  It's so quick! Happy Holidays!
SpinWard5 years ago
Very great Instructable!
I love the idea of having matching pj pants for Christmas. It never dawned on me because I could never find pants to fit us all.

Personally, I love this because I see all this great fabric and being 5'11", it's hard to find long women's pj pants that aren't froo-froo and stinkin' expensive.

You did an excellent job explaining it! I'll be making these!
Thank you!!
LibbyChong6 years ago
Thank you! I have been so afraid of sewing anything other than square pillows! My husband wants us to have matching pajama pants, but at 29.95 each I couldn't afford that, but with your help....bring on the Hello Kitty fabric!
Your husband wears Hello Kitty?
I wear Hello Kitty ^_^
:) He wears whatever I make...he's a good husband! He loves anything I make...even the "square" pillows!
lol i haven't moved from the square pillow stage myself...
2Marbles5 years ago
You know how I love your tutes!

I never did show you my apron did I!? I'm sorry....I'll be making more!

Thank you for taking the time to do these!
yay! thanks for posting this. :D
thankyouthankyouthankyou. My little brother wants to wear pj pants and pj pants only lately and both of his now are getting too short. Making these right now out of $2 a yard dinosaur fabric. too good.
humaira5 years ago
This is a great instructable! I have the fabric and everything else ready to make one for my son :) I just have one question... isn't the back of the crotch supposed to be higher than the front (to allow extra room for the hips)? How can I achieve that? Thanks! Great job!
compwalla (author)  humaira5 years ago
These pants are not supposed to fit so tightly that it matters. They are loose, flowing lounge pants. If you want a more fitted pajama, you need to invest in a commercial pattern. My kids wear these to bed every night and have never complained that they don't have enough room but I've made sure the pants have a roomy fit. Have fun sewing!
OK, thanks :) I made the pants ... in plain red. My 3 year old son loves his new pajama pants... he has decided to live in them forever! LOL
Pettycache6 years ago
I used your "pajama pants recipe" to sew up a pair of blue camo fleece lounge pants for my 12-year old boy and he was very happy with the results. This is only the second item of clothing I have created (the third if you count that apron from ten years ago), so I really appreciated the explicit directions (like the right-side-out leg inside the inside-out leg part). I also learned that I've been pinning stuff together the wrong way - thank you for all the photos! :)
cool I just found some fabric in the stash that would be perfect
liatro6 years ago
WOW! thanks! that is just what I needed, and you made me laugh all the way... thanks for your effort!
zoo20000uk6 years ago
I made a pair of these for my 9 year old daughter from purple fleece and they were brilliant! I didn't need any elastic because I made sure the stretch went across the width of the trousers instead of the length. She just pulls them on and they stay up. Lovely and warm too!! Thanks so much!
bswan6 years ago
Thanks a million for the pattern & instructions. I've been looking for something like this for so long and finally stumbled across yours this morning. I posted a comment elsewhere in this website, but you may never see it. I howled with laughter at the comments and giggled the whole time I was setting this up for me to work with it. Again, thanks. This will be a BIG help for my family of 3 (other) females and one little boy. I have a pattern for him, but the rest? Nope, and I couldn't wing it. Now I can FLY! bswan
compwalla (author)  bswan6 years ago
I'm really glad you liked this tutorial. I had a great time writing it. BTW, all the comments get emailed directly to the person who posted the tutorial so you needn't worry that it will be missed. Happy Sewing!
boozjee6 years ago
Before your instructable, I tried to make my own lounge pants but with dismal results. Now, I think I can do it. Thank you for a very well written (and humorous) set of instructions. Fabulous!
compwalla (author)  boozjee6 years ago
Well, thanks! I had fun writing this one and I'm glad you liked it. :)
lissa130826 years ago
Thanks for this information. It was SO easy to follow and actually fun! I had the pattern out for PJ pants and was so confused, I thought I'd never figure it out! And I couldn't understand all the wording! It's a lot easier than I thought it would be! I'll be making a lot more of these for me and everyone around me! Thanks again! Have any tips on pajama tops by any chance????
compwalla (author)  lissa130826 years ago
My tip for PJ tops? Buy a t-shirt that matches your pants! LOL! All kidding aside, I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial. :)
dyates6 years ago
Wonderful! Thank you! I managed to make a previous pairs of pants on my own, and the hardest part was the geometry of sewing the crotch sections together! This way makes perfect sense, and helps keep things organized. I just spent a couple of hours making a pair from a light cotton fabric for dancing, and they're great! Unlike before, when I did it on my own, the crotch seam is smooth rather than bunchy. Nice! Instead of elastic, I'm using a drawstring.
compwalla (author)  dyates6 years ago
Yay! I'm glad you found it easy to follow. :)
maxidaxi6 years ago
thank you for showing us this,they are truly overpriced in the stores,I made several pair from some flannel sheets that i found on clearance at target won't believe how comfy they are,we wear them everywhere,and I always thank you in the back of my mind for this great tip.
lilmo116 years ago
Awesome idea! I'm going to use this to make a copy of my favorite Nike sweatpants. I figure this can work for more than one type of pant! :0) Thanks for posting!
lee-lou6 years ago
This was so easy! I made the 1st pair for my 5 year old because it is so hard to find 100% cotton lounge pants. After the 1st pair, the 2nd was even easier. Thanks so much for something easy to do!
JWWurman6 years ago
Thank you so much for this instructable! I just whipped up a pair of pj pants for my husband -- will do the matching set for my son this afternoon. They only took about 90 minutes and look GREAT. Wahoo! :) You helped make my Christmas a whole lot cheaper! :)
brittittle6 years ago
What a wonderful and hilarious how-to! You make it look so easy I'll have to quit staring at my growing piles of fabric and actually sew something. And the elastic part is what I was most afraid of. You explained it really well. Thanks so much!!!!! :)
typhjones6 years ago
great tutorial... I am making my 3 kids matching pj's for Christmas morning.
woomom6 years ago
Thanks so much for the very detailed instructions. I did pretty good for my first pair of pants. However, I missed on Step 4 when I was only supposed to sew from the "ankle to crotch". I just kept right on going all the way up to the waist. After a while I figured it out and had a lot of seam ripping to do. Other than that, great instructions. Thanks!
pin-up girl6 years ago
Thanks for the pattern, but confused as to why do you need to add 1/2" on the outside leg if it is cut on fold and has no seam there?
compwalla (author)  pin-up girl6 years ago
I guess you don't have to. Depends on how snug you like the legs of your pants and what kind of pants you use as your template pants. I usually use regular fitting pants like jeans or khakis as the template and the resulting pajama legs would not be as loose and lounge-like without the extra allowance.
daisyrock16 years ago
Absolutely love the narrative, made me smile! I think I might even try this! Good Job :)
Cut a piece of 1 / 2 inch elastic long enough to fit around the waist of the person plus another three or four inches.
Lets say your waist is 32 inches long, does this mean measure out 35 inches of elastic or 29 inches?
Cause my adoptive grandma says to subtract 3 inches because elastic stretches.
compwalla (author)  thematthatter6 years ago
You need a few inches of overlap to sew it together. The elastic isn't meant to squeeze you; it's there to provide enough give to make them stretch bigger than your waist so you can get in and out of them comfortably. If the elastic is exactly the length of your waist, then they will stay up and stretch big enough to easily get them on and off. The excess is to allow you some overlap to sew the ends together. The finished circle of elastic should be the circumference of the waist or a tiny bit shorter. You can safety pin the elastic and have the person try them on. That way you'll know for sure what feels most comfortable.
Hmm, interesting. I have always used (waist - 1"), with about 1" overlap with the elastics - so essentially, I cut far shorter elastic than you detail here. My pants always fit well. Nice Instructable - and thanks for addressing the lame-fabrics of children's sleepwear! Yes, I know it's for safety and all that, but that fabric is serious yuck and usually pills up and looks bad upon washing. Good job!
compwalla (author)  kellyhogaboom6 years ago
My kids hate hate hate their pants to squeeze them. Perhaps my generous elastic is a function of their preference. I'm not sure since I don't do a great deal of garment sewing and I tend to improvise a lot when I do sew something for wear. I do end up chopping a lot of excess off so I could probably get away with cutting a much shorter piece. In any case, it's always best to have a fitting if you can so you get the waist comfortable for the wearer.
zygomatic6 years ago
That fabric's pretty bad ass, where'd you get it?
compwalla (author)  zygomatic6 years ago
I bought it at my local Hancock Fabrics. It was in the Halloween section up front so if you want some, you'll have to hurry because I have a feeling they will clear away those holiday fabrics after the 31st.
solo.card6 years ago
Wow! I just noticed when shopping today a severe lack of (good) pajamas out on the high street! Ikea have some pretty funky fabrics, and as soon as I get hold of a sewing machine, they will be my new PJs!
geminidawn6 years ago
This is a great instructable! Love your sense of humor!! LOL
That is so simple! Love that pattern on the fabric! Great job -