Flannel pajama pants are a great way to spice up one’s winter pajama wardrobe. I noticed recently that the boys were stepping up their nightly visits to mom and dad’s bed. It occurred to me, through my sleep interrupted brain, that they were still wearing their summer pajamas to bed at night. Since these kids grown about 2 inches every few months, I thought it was about time for me to sew them some new pajama pants. I drafted a set of pants for each of them and since they take very little time to make, I plan to fill their pajama drawers.
I grabbed a few flannel fabrics from Joann, choosing my favorites that I thought would compliment their little personalities. The biggest guy (not pictured here) LOVES him some football so he got football themed pants. The middle guy, favors breakfast over any other meal, so breakfast jammies logically followed. And the youngest, my little monster? Flannel monster fabric just felt right.
Interested in sewing a pair (or two or ten) for your favorite little boy? This is a great, beginner project too, so don’t be afraid if you haven’t sewn many pairs of pants.
Grab the FREE 5T pajama pants pattern here. (I’m still catching up from my Kids Clothes Week sewing so I currently have just the one size. Do not fret though as I promise to have the 4T and Size 8 sizes up soon).
Once the pattern pieces are cut, just follow the steps below and you’ll have a new pair of pajama pants in no time.
Pin the pants leg, right sides together along the back seam and sew together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, back stitching at the beginning and end of the seam.
Then finish the seam using a zig-zag stitch. Repeat with the other pants leg.
Turn one pants leg, right side out, and place inside the other pants leg. Line up the crotch seam, and pin along the raw edge. Sew together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then finish with a zig-zag stitch.
Fold the waistband over 1/2 inch and press.
Then fold over the waistband an inch (forming a casing for the elastic), press, and topstich on the right side, making sure to leave 3 inches open for the elastic. Thread the elastic through the waist band with a safety pin, overlap the elastic and sew together using an zig-zag stitch, then topstitch to close the opening.
Finish by hemming the pants legs or adding a cuff.
From there, you can personalize the pants as much as you want. I added knit cuffs (if you make them longer than needed, they can be folded over and extend the life of the pants) to the breakfast pants but a flannel cuff would look great too. Since the fabrics themselves are so fun (and busy) we usually just pair our pajama pants with plain t-shirts. The middle guy loves his Cupcake Top and the little guy honestly, prefers to sleep without a shirt. As it gets colder at night, and his room is over the garage, we tend to go through a nightly argument over putting on a t-shirt, but what can you do?