Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

To make sure you get the right size, just make sure you have a pair of pants that fit the intended pajama wearer. If your pajama wearer is far away, then find out the right size and borrow some pants from someone who is that size or carry yourself down to the Salvation Army and part with a couple of your increasingly precious dollars for a busted-up pair you can use as a pattern. This is a DIY tutorial and I figure anyone smart enough to sew up some pajama pants is also smart enough to find some in the right size but you never know.

Fabric - woven cotton or flannel or jersey or whatever floats your boat. The exact amount you need will depend on how big the pants are and whether the print is directional or not. If you are an experienced sewer, you know what that means and you can skip the next bit or you can read it and think, "Well, duh." A directional print is one that has a right-side up. Like words or Christmas ornaments or something else that is meant to hang only one way. If you're making adult pants and using a directional fabric that's a standard 44" wide, you will need almost twice as much fabric because you can't save fabric by flipping the pattern around and cutting one leg upside down. If you don't buy extra fabric and move the pattern down along the same fold to cut the second leg, your husband's cheesy Christmas pajamas will be even more cheesy because the aforementioned Christmas ornaments will be hanging down properly on one leg and, in total defiance of gravity and common sense, hanging UP on the other leg. (Sorry, dear.) To use the smallest amount of fabric possible on your "lounge" pants, buy a cute print that looks the same turned any direction.

You'll also need thread to match, pins, paper to make the pattern, a pencil or pen, scissors, a safety pin, and enough elastic to go around the waist of the wearer plus about five inches. What kind of elastic isn't all that important but it should be about 1 / 2 inch wide.
<p>I had to &quot;build&quot; paisley &quot;silk&quot; pajamas for a musical at my local Community theater as a prop. I did not have a pattern, but I do have some sewing skills. After coming across this Instructable on pajamas, I was able to create a pattern (based off on my own comfy cotton fleece sweats), with a drawstring instead of elastic. Since I was familiar with the difference of how much shorter the front &quot;panel&quot; should be compared to the meatier &quot;back&quot; panel, I was able to sew this easily. Even though I built it as a prop for no one to wear, I still made it fully functional so that it COULD be worn as a costume piece in the future. I was amazed on how they turned out. The best part about the PJs... these actually fit the guy playing the main character, who dreams about owning a pair of silk PJs, to a T. He even said that he would rather wear the pajamas during the whole run of our theater show (all 7 shows) than his costumes. *thumbs up*</p>
<p>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 &quot;jams&quot; back then) and made dozens of pairs. We had one basic pattern, and adjusted the width for the kids' sizes.</p>
I am a beginner with a machine but managed to make these cute pj bottoms for my son.
<p>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?</p>
<p>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.</p>
Hi! I am currently making a pair of pajamas and I am at the &quot;trying it on&quot; 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... <br> <br>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?
<p>I am having this exact same issue. Did you ever find a solution?</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>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&quot; to the top and bottom since the 2&quot; i added when doing my husbands were both too short in the length and rise.</p>
<p>Just went through this pattern to help a friend learn how to sew. Took about 4 hours from finding pants to &quot;copy&quot; to finished product, with many breaks to double/triple check. Great instructions!</p><p>The one confusing note was sewing the &quot;outside of the legs&quot; - 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. </p>
Awesome!! I'm making 5 pair for family for Christmas. Excited to try it out! Joanns has 50% off fleece right now!
<p>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...</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>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 ;)</p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>Thanks for this post, so helpful. Just made my first pair, I am a very beginner sewer, the pictures were extremely helpful.</p>
<p>Thanks!! Didn't just make pyjamas, but, made everyday pants, as well!! </p>
<p>What Great instructions and Thank You !!!</p><p>I make my pattern from the worn out ones. For children, this is fine but us adults with more &quot;developed&quot; back ends, well !!!!!</p><p>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.</p>
very good instructable! any tips on choosing the fabric? my sons' skin are a bit sensitive. thanks :)
<p>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. </p>
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.
<p>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. </p>
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 ^_^
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!
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!
Hi this was a great instructable, i was wondering though how much matierial would you reommend for really big lounge pants?
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
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!
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 &quot;snarky&quot; 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.
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!
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:)
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:) <br> <br>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!
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.
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 &pound;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.
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! :)
if you use muslin for your pattern you can use it over and over again.
Great instructions. I was a bit confused at first, but the photos helped make the steps clear. Nice job! Thanks!
wonderful tute! thankyou:) Made my 4yo son some pirate themed pyjama pants &amp; they turned out great &amp; 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
Knocked a pair of these out in an hour and a half. Mmm, flannel jammie bottoms.<br><br>Brilliant (and funny) instructions. Thanks a lot!
What great instructions! I just have one quick question: When we place our pattern on the fabric to cut, do we need the1/2&quot; 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! :-)
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. :)
What great instructions! I just have one quick question: When you're cutting out the pattern, do we need that 1/2&quot; 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&quot; seam allowance. I'm such a nervous sewer and I want to do it right! :-)

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