Sewing: Pajama Pants from a Sheet

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Pajama Pants from a Bed Sheet

A couple of years ago making pajama pants from a pillowcase was all the rage on Pinterest.  I LOVED the idea and used several old pillowcases to make pants for my son.

He's taller now and a pillow case won't work.  I've updated that old idea and now I'm making him pj's from sheets!

The beauty of this project is that you can start with almost any sheet.  I'll post tips for choosing the best sheet at the end of this blog entry.

Standard Twin Size  Flat Sheet

This sewing project is fast and easy.  Experienced sewers can complete this project in less than 30 minutes.

For this project you will need:

1 Twin Size Flat Sheet (Makes 2-4 pairs of pants depending on size)
3/4" elastic
1 large safety pin
1 pair of pants (this will be your pattern)
A large flat work surface would be great.  You could use the floor
Marker (optional)
Pins (options)


First identify a pair of pants that currently fit well.  My son is a size 10 slim.  I used a pair of his jeans.

Sewing Tip: Use pants that currently fit and are comfortable.

Jeans to use a a pattern

Fold the sheet in half.  Now fold the pants in half with the legs together.

Fold the pants in half with the legs together

Lay the folded pants on the folded sheet.


Lay the pants on the folded sheet.
Leave space around all sides of the pants
Make sure there is space around all sides on the pants.  You don't want the pants on the edge of the sheet.

IMPORTANT TIP:  The top of the pants should be square.  In the picture below, the pants go in at the waist.  Cut the fabric square as pictured.

Cut square at the waist.
Trace around the pants leaving at least 1" around all sides.  OR, cut around the pants leaving at least 1" around all sides.  (I didn't trace, I just cut).  If you're a beginning, trace an outline of the pants, then cut the fabric.

IMPORTANT TIP:  If you plan to hem the pants leave 2-3" at the bottom for hemming.

Cut extra length if you want to hem the pants

Cut 4 pant pieces that look like this.

You'll need 4 pieces that look like this.


Take the first 2 pant pieces and sew the long sides together (as pictured).    Then sew the short sides together.

Sew the long sides together.
Then sew the short sides together.
Repeat this step on the 2 remaining pant pieces.

Now turn the pants right side out.  The completed pieces should look like this.

2 sewn pant legs


With the right side out, pin the crotch sections of the 2 legs together.

Pin here
Pin the front seam of the pants (the part that will go across the belly.  Pin the back seam of the pants (the part that will go across the butt).

Pin and Sew on the dotted line.  
With the right sides together, sew the inseam of the pants.  The red arrow marks the center of the crotch seam.

Sewing tip:  I only have sons and they DESTROY all things!  To make sure that my seams are extra strong I double or triple sew all seams in their clothes.  This is an optional step, but it may well save sewing repairs later.  

I sew each seam twice and then do a zigzag stitch on the edge.  

Triple Sewn Seam

Now it's time to sew the crotch seam.

With the right sides out, pin and sew the 2 legs together.  Make sure to match up the inseams.  Even if you don't double or triple sew all of seams, the inseam (crotch seam) should ALWAYS be double sewn.

Double sew the crotch seam


To reduce fraying, zigzag stitch the top edge of the waistband.

Turn the pants inside out and fold down the waist band.  Make sure the fold is large enough to accommodate the elastic.

Fold pants to create a waist band
I like a top and bottom seam on a waistband.  That is a matter of personal preference.  Make sure to leave an opening to install the elastic.

Leave an opening for the elastic.
Measure elastic around the child's waist.  Clip a large safety pin to 1 end of the elastic and thread it through.

Thread the elastic through

After you thread the elastic through the waistband sew the ends of the elastic together.
Stitch the elastic together.
Sew the opening closed.


I have a dirty little secret.  I don't really hem pajamas unless I really have to.  Instead I just do a zigzag stitch around the bottom edges of the pants.  Depending on the fabric I might zigzag over the edge 2-3 times.

Double zigzag edge instead of a hem

THAT'S IT!  You're all done!

Brand New Pants!!!!
My son LOVES these pants!

He's a long lean kid.  1 Twin size flat sheet makes 3 pairs of pants!!!

How to choose the right sheets

*  If you're using an old sheet, make sure that it's not too worn.  Flat sheets tend not to get too worn out.  Fitted sheets are usually worn in the middle.

*  If you're buying a new sheet try and feel the fabric before you buy.  The silkier the fabric the better.  My son likes brushed cotton.

*  Don't use thin sheets.  Thin sheets are cheaper to buy but they rip and/or get worn out quickly.  It's worth it to spend a little more if you're buying new.

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  1. Nice IF one is sewing pajama bottoms only for a guy or a woman but most females might just want a pajama top! Guess that's where a pillow case would work. I don't know about anyone else, but even when I was young and slender a pillow case would not have en-cased my boobs, so perhaps two would work. A pattern or tutorial for that one is needed for the bottoms.

    1. I prefer to sleep in a top that's super stretchy so I usually pair these pants with a plain cotton t-shirt. For the times when I want the set to match I buy a t-shirt from the craft store in the right color. Otherwise whatever my husband has in his drawer works for me.

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  4. Jamatarver@gmail.comFebruary 4, 2017 at 11:16 PM

    Can you explain how to see the inseam? This is where I usually mess up. Thanks!

    1. Do you mean how to SEW the inseam?

      Turn both legs on the right sides. Pin the 2 legs together at the crotch. Working from the crotch pin up the front on the pants and then pin the back seam. Next stitch the seam. Let me know if you need pics. I'm happy to create more pictures if that's helpful.

  5. Wondering if you knew of this method to sew the crotch seam. Very easy.

    1. I do know that method. That's the way I learned as a beginning seamstress. I forgot about it until you mentioned it. Thanks!!

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