I have made new pajamas every Christmas for my daughters, which has become a tradition and one that can easily be passed on.
Sometimes I buy a new pajama pattern or if I have a pattern with different views, I sew a style I haven’t made. If reusing a pattern, it is easy to adjust a pajama pattern if you need to add length for growth. You will find add length lines on the pattern pieces, cut along these lines and spread your pieces apart the 1 or 2 inches that you might need. Just make sure you use a tape measure so that your pattern pieces are evenly spaced for the length adjustments. The pattern directions will also explain how to lengthen or shorten your pattern pieces.
I like to use flannel when making pajamas. Washes and dries wonderfully, soft and cozy for sleeping and lots of different colors and patterns to choose from. I always purchase about a half yard and sometimes a yard more than the pattern calls for to allow for shrinkage (I always pre-wash my fabrics) and fabric doesn’t always come in 44″-45″ wide. Most often the fabric is only 40″-42″ wide but the yardage requirements on the pattern itself are always for the 44″-45″ measurement. You can always create something from the left over fabric but very disappointing and frustrating to not have enough!
Adding embellishments is the fun part. Adding unique buttons, sew some fun lace along gown bottom edge or sleeve edge or even along the top edge of a pocket, make ribbon bows and add them along the neck line, embellish with yo-yos, or maybe a special appliqué like an initial on a pocket front to personalize the pajamas!
For me the best part was allowing my daughters to open their special pajamas on Christmas Eve, sending them off to bed wearing new cozy pjs with visions of sugar plums and knowing how cute they would look for the next morning pictures!!
- TIP: Refer to “My Favorite Things” for different on-line fabric stores that carry a wide variety of flannel fabric.