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Most guides for making these pants tell you to trace some PJ's that you already own. My guide will show you how to take your measurements, draw a pattern for your pants, and then make them! All in one convienient place.

To make these pants you will need a few things:
1. Sewing Machine
2. Tape Measure and stiff ruler or straight edge
3. Marker/ Fabric Maker (I just use sharpies)
4. Fabric. About 1 1/2 yards for the pair I made. If you are larger than you will need more, smaller obviously needs less. I will mention at the beginning of this guide how to know how much fabric to buy.
5. string or ribbon or elastic for around the waste
6. scissors
7. A camera to show me your results!

Step 1: Getting Everything Together!

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The first thing to do is to have all of the stuff you will be needing in one place. That list is in the intro if you need to refer back to it.

If you are just looking at the pattern and havent bought the fabric yet, here is how you can find out how much to buy.

First off, go ahead and use this guide to make up a pattern. That way you will know the length of your pants. DO NOT! Measure your leg and assume that is the length you will be working with. I put the pattern tutorial in here for a reason. After you have your pattern made, check the length of the straight edge on your pattern (including the crotch length). Most fabrics are between 44"-54" wide. If your length is shorter than 44", than you have it easy, just double the distance around the largest part of your leg (the same measurement used in the pattern) and get slightly more than that in fabric.

If that is too confusing then here is math. xD My leg is 23" around, I added 3" for comfort, so I double 26", giving me 52". So I need slightly more than 52" in fabric, since my length is short enought to use the width of fabric on a roll. I go ahead and get 1.5 yards and use the extra fabric to make a tie around the waist instead of elastic.

If your length is too long to use that trick, then you will need to do a little math to see how you can get the most for your dollar. My pants are fleece and cost me $4.

Now for the tutorial part! If anything at all is confusing, feel free to message me, or if you just need help with something. I will be glad to help.
 
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thank u so much!!! big help for me,....godbless!!!

jomodad1 year ago
You can only do this with fleece too. Other fabrics will fray. If your machine has an over locking stitch use that around that cut edge. If not: use a zig zag around that edge or make a real casing if you don't want it to fray. Usual, you use a stabilizer if you cut a hole in the fabric so it strengthens the hole. Maybe removing some stitches from the top of the pant the width of the ribbon and doing some reinforcing stitches on either side of that? Then once it's closed you can run ribbon or no roll elastic in it? IDK you way works and it may last. Just throwing out options or suggestions.
jomodad1 year ago
Crazy maneuver is to sew the legs closed then turn one leg inside out so that one legs is good side up (seams in) and the other is good side down (seams out) what you call the pattern side. Then you slide the good side up leg in to the good side down leg so the crotch area lines up then you sew. I like the crotch first way better too. You always sew with good sides together. There are only a very few exceptions to that rule.
jomodad1 year ago
I am fairly new to sewing too and I like to figure stuff out as well. BUT! I'm pretty sure that fleece is the only fabric that it doesn't matter what direction you cut your pattern. Flannel or cotton character prints have a grain. You have to lay the pattern on the fabric so the selveges are on either side and the cut ends are at the top and the bottom. Not to mention how wonky the print on the fabric can look if it's too crooked. I was just up here looking for another tutorial and glanced at yours out of curiosity. The rest looks pretty good. I like to hag y pjs ride higher in the back than in the front. Here. Look at this http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/01/sewing-tips-what-is-selvage-bias-and.html Bye see ya -jomodad Www.jomodad.com
Very helpful tutorial and an easy way.. Thanks for sharing this.
theletterkay (author) 3 years ago
Thanks so much! I am currently wearing some nice Transformers PJ pants that i made more than 6 months ago and they are still holding together nicely. I'm glad someone benefited from this!
cbarrett73 years ago
i just made some nice, cozy ,zebra pj pants! this is great and it really helped. although i cant send you a pic i assure you they look great! the steps were so Clear! Nice Job!