While fabric shopping the other day my daughter came across some silky blue and black zebra stripe material in the bargain bin that only a
14-year-old could love. She thought they would make “epic” pajama pants so we bought a couple of yards and got to work!
I didn’t want to purchase an expensive pattern for something so simple so I made my own by using an old pair of pajama pants she already had. Here is what I did:
1: I folded the fabric in half length wise. I folded her old pajama bottoms in half and laid them on top of the fabric at the fold to cut by. Remember not to cut the fabric the same size as your finished pants because you have to allow room for sewing and turning right side out. I cut mine extra big because the pants I was using as a pattern did not fit any more.
2: Cut the pants out leaving the fold uncut at the inner leg.
3: Turn the cut piece wrong side out and place on the fabric at the fold. Cut out the second leg of the pants exactly the same size as the first. Remember not to cut on the fold at the inner side of the leg.
4: Zig zag stitch all the way around all of the cut edges of both pieces to prevent fraying. This was especially important using this silky fabric which wanted to bunch, pull, and fray badly.
5: Pin the two pieces right sides together and stitch the inner and outer leg seam. Double or even triple stitch the crotch area really well so that it doesn’t come apart when tension is put on that area when worn. Remember not to stitch together the waist or leg holes! Cut a piece of elastic 1 ” shorter than your waist measures.
6: Fold over (to the wrong side) the upper edge of the garment a bit more than the width of the elastic, and stitch all the way around, leaving about 3″ unstitched. This creates a waistband. Place a safety-pin in one end of the elastic. Going up through the opening in the waistband, and using the safety-pin to pull the elastic, thread the elastic all the way around the waistband, being careful not to lose the loose end of the elastic.
7: When the elastic is pulled through, stitch the two cut ends of the elastic together. Stitch the opening of the waistband closed.
8: Iron the edge of the hem on both legs to create a good crease and then sew all the way around the leg holes to hold hem in place.
9: Trim your stray threads and them model your new p.j. pants proudly!