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Friday, November 18, 2011

DIY Flannel PJs ~ Part 1: Pants

***When I was at Joanne's this morning I found out that on Black Friday
all their snuggle flannels will be on sale for $1.49 a yard!!!
Can you hear me screaming with joy? I paid $2.99 a yard for these PJs,
so it cost me $4.50 per set; but, with this sale
I'll be able to make 18 month PJs for $3 per set!!!
While you're there check out the fleece since it'll be $2.99 a yard.
You can make pants out of them too, and I'll be posting a top variation next
week that is adorable in fleece.

YAY!!! See you at the cutting table :)

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I have been so busy that October & November
have just been a blur! I made a few of these PJs for baby A & have been meaning
to get the tutorial up. There are a lot of pictures & steps so I am going to do
2 posts. In this one I'll show you how to make the pants; the tutorial for the top
will be posted early next week. The measurements are for a size 12 months.

So here goes. . . .

What You'll Need:
1 1/2 Yards Flannel Fabric {this will cover the shirt as well}
About 24 Inches Grossgrain Ribbon
1/4 Inch Elastic 2 Inches Less Than Your Baby's Waist
Matching Thread
And Your Sewing Machine & Tools :)
Also, I used my Seger, but if you don't have one use your zig-zag stitch.

The first thing you'll need to do is draft your pattern. I use the paper bags I get at
Trader Joe's for my patterns. If you are tracing a pair of PJs you already own,
then trace them on to the paper.

For the rest of us, measure your baby's waist then take that number and
subtract 6 inches. So for a size 12 months the measurement, the measurement
is 19 inches, so it brings the measurement to 12 1/2 inches + 1/2 inch seam
allowance for the top of the pattern.

Next take the measurement from your baby's ankle to the point on the
waist/hip where you want them to rest. Add 3 inches for seam allowance.
In the picture below you can see that I originally came up with 16 3/4 inches
for the length, but the first pair that I made comes up to the middle of her diaper,
so I added 2 1/2 more inches for a total of 19 1/4 inches. So make a rectangle on
the paper bag using these measurements.

For the inseam, I measured from my baby's ankle to her diaper & added 1/2 inch.
From the bottom corners measure up & mark it on your pattern. Next, on the
same corners, measure in towards the middle & mark 1 1/4 inch. Draw a diangle
line from each point.

For those who want just the numbers, here are the
Measurements For 12 Months:

Width: 13 inch {1/4 in seam allowance}
Length: 19 1/4 inch {Finished: 16 3/4 in}
Inseam: 8 inches {1/4 in seam allowance}
Ankle: 10 1/2 inches {1/4 in seam allowance}

Now cut it out and you have your pattern!
Go you with your pattern making self!!! :)

After you trace the pattern twice & cut them out, serge or zig-zag stitch the bottoms,
then fold just over 1/4 inch over and stitch at the 1/4 inch mark. Next lay the ribbon
about 1/2 inch from the bottom and stitch on both edges. Sorry I forgot to take a
picture of this step, but the good new is that you shouldn't have to pin the ribbon
before sewing since it stayed really well against the flannel.

Fold it in half with the right side inside. Sew the inseam then serge or zig-zag the edges.

When both legs have the inseam sewn, lay them together & pin the remaining raw edges.
Sew, then serge or zig-zag stitch the edges.

Turn right side out and admire your work.

Take your elastic & align the edges with one of the seams 1/2 inch from the
edge of the flannel. Place one edge slightly over the other & sew in place.
I like to run the machine front and back a few times. Some people may want to
skip this step & thread the elastic through at the end. I like to do it this way
so that it doesn't roll over on it self to much.

Fold the edge of the fabric over sew around.

I pulled the elastic tight so I could better control it and not sew over it.
Go slow with this step because un-stitching is a pain; but, un-stitching from elastic just stinks.

Finish with a back stitch or 2 and there you go,
some cute little PJ pants that will look adorable on your little one!


18 Month
Width: 16 1/2 {1/4 in seam allowance}
Length: 21 inches {Finished: 18 1/2 inches}
Inseam: 10 1/2 inch {1/4 in seam allowance}
Ankle: 12 1/2 inches {1/4 in seam allowance}


24 Month/2T
Width: 19 1/2 inches {1/4 in seam allowance}
Length: 22 3/4 inches {Finished: 20 1/4 inches}
Inseam: 13 inches {1/4 in seam allowance}
Ankle: 14 1/2 inches {1/4 in seam allowance}

FABRIC NEEDED: 2 1/2 yards


  1. I love that sleeping baby of yours . . .
    Cute stuff Shannon! I wish I lived closer to JoAnn's for black Friday:(

  2. I think you can order online during black Friday & still get the deals, call & find out!