I quickly looked this morning for a tutorial on kid pajama pants and google gave me nothing. I like tutorials with a TON of pictures and so I figure that you must too! Soooo without further ado, my very first tutorial:
Today I have three outta five kids home sick. Poor guys got all dressed for school, brushed their teeth, and then I had to make the executive decision of keeping their little feverish bodies home. Anyhow...
- however much fabric. I used 45" and it ended up being about 3/4 yard for a girls size 6
- matching thread
- elastic for the waist band. I used 1/4" but you can use whatever you have on hand.
1. I started with a pair of the girls' pajambo's and turned them inside out.
2. Then I folded my fabric in half and, on the fold, pinned down ONE of the pant legs.
3. See how I followed the seam there where the two legs meet? After matching up the seams, I used a lot of pins to assure accuracy and pinned the bugger down.
4. Then, after cutting the lower portion of the leg (adding about 1/4" of fabric than the original + about 2 extra inches at the bottom of the legs), I folded the other leg back over the pinned one and added about an inch there, essentially tracing the existing leg + an inch. Does that make sense?5. I took pant leg #1 and pinned it down and made an exact replica. We now have two legs. Yeah!
6. Then, I put on my Ella, Sarah, Billie mix because... well... it was just necessary.
7. Then take one of the pant legs and, right sides together, pin all of the way up to the corner (future crotch area).
8. BUT when you sew, stop about a 1/2" to an 1" from the corner. Do this for both legs.
9. Now pin the two legs together, front and back, making sure that all corners line up. Start from the waist portion and head down. I say this because the crotch part of this will most likely have a teensy, unsewn hole that we'll work on next.
10. Now, make sure that your hems are all lined up and push the two folds together so that no hole will exist after we sew this bit.
11. Pin this small four-corner.
12. Now sew and make the crotch hole disappear. Duh Nuh! I just followed the existing seam and made the two meet.
13. Iron the leg hem. Now let's start on the waist. Fun! This isn't taking that long, is it?
14. Fold the waist down, wrong sides together, about a 1/4" and sew all of the way around. Make sure that your seams line up or else it ends up looking... well... looking homemade.
15. Next, fold the waist over another 1/2" and sew ALMOST all of the way around, minus about a 1" gap for the elastic band to get in. I just sewed on the existing line.
There's your gap
16. Now I measured her waist by wrapping the elastic around it and cutting it the exact same size as her waist. Why? Because IT'S ELASTIC and it needs to stretch. Just watch.
17. Arm your elastic with safety pins on both ends.
18. Now shove one side of the elastic through and then pull so that both ends have about 3" hanging out.
19. Woops... no picture for the next step but sew the two ends together. I overlapped them about 2" and went back and forth and back and forth with the sewing machine to secure the bugger.
20. Now pin the elastic up up in the fold to assure that you don't sew over it. Then sew the gap in the waist band closed (follow the existing line).
*These are optional steps.