I finished another Kids Clothes Week! I have been doing these for quite a while, almost since I first started blogging. I usually have time to pick through fabric, search Etsy or Pinterest for sewing projects but this time, I did not. I know I said that last time too but hey, there are no good fabric stores on island so I need time to plan and account for shipping. This time around, all I made were pants. Since pajama pants are really easy to sew, I thought I would share my tips and tricks for sewing them. Once you master pj pants, you can whip them up in about 15 minutes.
First off, you need to prewash your fabric. Do not skip this step. If you don’t wash your fabric, it could shrink and then your clothes won’t fit. So, I always wash all my fabric for the week and then iron everything. The pattern I used is a Simplicity one and it is an easy one that involves 2 pieces of fabric to make the pants. Some patterns use 4 pieces but I like the 2 piece pattern the best.
Once all the fabric has been washed and ironed, I cut out the pattern pieces. Each kid got 2 pairs of pants and they just happened to fall into 2 thread categories: white thread and brown thread. I decided to sew all the white threaded fabric first because my machine was already threaded with white. Once I finished all the white threaded pants, I rethreaded the machine with brown.
The first thing I do, is iron up the bottom of the legs to create the hem. This is usually the last step but I find sewing the hem while the fabric is still flat is easier. I fold the fabric over 1/4 of an inch, iron it flat, and then I fold up another 1/4 and iron that. This creates a hem that won’t fray.
Next up, lay the pants, right side together, and get the curved edges to line up. Sew along each curved edge.
Next, you pick up the pants and open them so the curves are in the middle of the front and back. Line up the hems and sew the legs closed. When I get to the crotch, I like to back up the thread 2-3 inches to create a strong crotch area. Now you’ve got pants!
To create the casing for your elastic, I iron down 1/4 inch of fabric and then iron down 1 1/2 inches (I like to use 1 1/4 inch no-roll elastic). Sew along the very edge, be sure to leave 1-2 inches open so you can thread your elastic into the casing.
Measure your kid’s waist and then subtract 1 inch. Cut your elastic to that length and then get a safety pin and pin it on the end. This will help you thread the elastic. I like to use baby diaper pins because they’re bigger and easier to hold through the thread. Thread your elastic all the way through the pants, leaving 2-3 inches of elastic dangling out of both ends.
Change your stitch to the zig zag and sew the edges of your elastic together. I like to go forward and back a few times. Make sure your elastic didn’t get turned so that is will lay flat in it’s casing.
Now it’s time to close the pants. I also have fabric labels (in my old name). They help you know which side is the front and they give your pants a little more of a professional feel. I got mine on Etsy but you can just use a piece of plain ribbon. Once you’re done, the pants are done! Congratulations! You did it!
Those are all the pants I made for my kiddos this time. I posted them on Instagram as I made them so you may have seen them all before. Overall, I like the fabrics I picked and the pants fit the kids nicely. My older 2 are getting away from the baby/toddler matching pj sets so having pj pants is actually a really nice way to help them choose their clothes on their own.
Have you ever sewn clothes for your kids or yourself? I’d love to see!