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Sewing and Making Pajamas

How to Make Pajamas

   Making pajama pants with an elastic waistband is one of the first and easiest project to sew!  

Simple Pajama Pants made of soft flannel for any season is a great start for those learning to sew!

About Pajamas - Pajamas are fun to make, especially the soft flannel pajama pants. Pajamas can be made into pants, shorts, night shirts, or gowns.
Best Fabric to use - The best fabrics for pajamas are materials that "breath".  Meaning, they don't make you sweat or hold moisture. Some suggestions are: light weight cotton, soft flannel, and silk.
Easy type pattern - The easiest pajama pattern would be a simple pair of elastic waist band shorts or pants as seen in the photo above. Most pajama patterns with an elastic waist band and no pockets has only 2 pattern pieces.
Difficult type pattern - Pajama's with lots of pattern pieces and button holes are more difficult to make as seen in the photo below. You will not find pajama patterns with zippers because that would be uncomfortable to sleep in.
Pattern Pieces - When sewing pajamas, patterns can have any where from 2 pattern pieces as show in the photo above, or as many as 12 for  more difficult and detailed pajamas.
Cost & Fabric Usage - Pajama pants require about 1 1/2 yards of fabric.  Pajama night shirts and gown require about 1 1/2 to 3 or 4 yards. For flannel fabric @ $5.00 a yard, elastic @ $2.00, and thread @ $2.00, a pajama night shirt could be made for about $12.00, with left over thread and elastic for your next project. Pajama shorts can be made for even less.  Don't forget to save your left over fabric for making crafts and quilts.
Comments - Making your own pajamas has it's benefits.  Besides saving money, one can work with soft fabric that is easy to sew and find the color and print of your choice.  One can never have enough pajamas, so the pattern can be used over and over again.  NOTE: If you are making flannel pajamas for children, use the flame resistant fabrics.

Here is a more advanced flannel Night Shirt with pockets, button holes, set-in sleeves, and curved hem.


Important Note:

It is imperative that only flame-resistant fabric be used when sewing children's pajamas.  You can find this on the end of the roll of fabric at the fabric store.  DO NOT use material unless it is fire resistant.

Brushed and other nylon fabric is a better choice for a nightgown because nylon will melt and burn but it won't flare up.  In general, pajamas are safer than nightgowns because they are close to the body.


The thread you should use is dacron .  If you use cotton or other thread a flame will shoot up the line of stitching and cause serious burning, while the garment made from flame-resistant fabric will smolder with little or no harm.


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