Sewing: Pajama Pants from a Sheet11:52 AM
|Pajama Pants from a Bed Sheet|
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)
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
FIND PANTS FOR A PATTERN
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.
CUTTING OUT THE PANTS:
|Lay the pants on the folded sheet.|
|Leave space around all sides of the pants|
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.|
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.|
SEWING THE PANTS
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.
Now turn the pants right side out. The completed pieces should look like this.
|2 sewn pant legs|
SEWING THE CROTCH SEAM
With the right side out, pin the crotch sections of the 2 legs together.
|Pin and Sew on the dotted line.|
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|
CREATING THE WAISTBAND
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|
|Leave an opening for the elastic.|
|Thread the elastic through|
After you thread the elastic through the waistband sew the ends of the elastic together.
|Stitch the elastic together.|
HEMMING THE PANTS
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!!!!|
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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