Stitch up a quick pair of pajama pants for your cutie! This is a free PDF pattern starting at size 6 months and going up to size 7 years. Follow along and I’ll show you how to sew these from start to finish.
Print the free pajama pattern. There are two different files, one has sizes 6 months to 3 years, and the other has sizes 4-7 years. Be sure that your printer settings are set to “no margins, no scaling” to ensure the pattern prints the proper size. The pattern with the smaller sizes prints on 4 pages, the larger on 5. Cut out the pieces on the outermost line, then tape together alphabetically, with A at the top.
I’m using cozy flannel sent to me by the FatQuarterShop.com. I really love these gender-neutral prints because they would work for any of my kids. It’s a good idea to wash and dry flannel fabric before sewing.
You can trim the paper pattern to the correct sizing line, or you can fold the paper back along the correct sizing line as you would with a tissue paper pattern.
Fold the fabric in half parallel to the selvedge. Pin the pattern with the straight edge along the fold, then cut out using fabric scissors. When you come to the triangles on the pattern, cut a pointed triangle extending past the pattern to assist you in matching later. Cut a second piece as you did the first.
Now we’ll hem the leg openings (this is the end furthest from the curve). Fold up ½ inch and press, then fold up another inch and press again, encasing the raw edge. Sew with a ¼ inch seam, along the top edge of the fold. Repeat for the second piece.
Next we’ll sew up the side of the legs. Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, matching up the triangles. Pin. Sew the long straight edge below the curve with a ⅝ in. seam. Repeat for the other piece.
Turn one leg piece right-side out. Slide it into the other piece, so right sides of the fabric are touching. Align the hemmed cuffs at bottom and pin, matching up the seams. Repeat for the curved portion.
Sew down the curved area with a ⅝ inch seam. Notch the curves. It’s a good idea to reinforce all the interior seams with a zig-zag or overcast stitch to prevent fraying.
Finally, we’ll make the waistband. With one pant leg still inside the other, fold the top edge down ½ inch and press. Then fold down another inch and press again to encase the raw edge.
Begin sewing about an inch past the center seam. Sew with a ¼ inch stitch, along the bottom edge of the fold, to create a casing for the elastic. Stop sewing about an inch before the center seam, creating a 2-inch opening for the elastic.
You’ll notice the recommended length for elastic listed along with the sizing on the pattern. Cut a piece of ¾-inch wide elastic, and then thread through the casing using a safety pin.
Pin both ends of elastic together as you adjust the fabric evenly around the waistband. Then layer the elastic ends and sew about ½ inch in, using a zig-zag stitch. Backstitch to reinforce.
Tuck the elastic ends into the waistband. If you’d like, you can add a tag before stitching the hole shut.
That’s it! Super quick, super simple, and super cozy. I made 8 pairs of these in a day for the grandkids at a family reunion.
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