How to Sew Pajama Pants? – Diy Tutorial

Last Updated on February 25, 2024

Greetings, fellow creators! Today, We go on a journey into DIY fashion., where every stitch promises comfort and style. I am absolutely thrilled to guide you through the art of crafting your very own pair of pajama pants – a wearable symphony of coziness and self-expression. So, how to sew pajama pants?

How to Sew Pajama Pants

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  • Learn to create cozy DIY pajama pants with just a few essential materials.
  • Develop a custom-fit pattern using your favorite well-fitting pants.
  • Assemble your pants with ease by sewing along clipped sides and inseams.
  • Master the art of adding a comfortable waistband with ribbon accents.
  • Personalize your creation with chosen fabrics and patterns, expressing your style in every stitch.

There’s something magical about the rhythmic hum of a sewing machine, the tactile joy of fabric beneath your fingertips, and the anticipation of turning raw materials into a garment uniquely tailored to you. Join me in this creative tutorial and sew our way to the ultimate loungewear luxury.

How to sew pajama pants?

Sew pajama pants using a pattern traced from a well-fitting pair of your own, assemble the pieces, make a comfortable waistband with ribbon detail, and add a bit hemming magic to finish off your cozy haven. Accept the fun of do-it-yourself clothing and relish relaxing in your unique creation!

How to sew pajama pants

In this tutorial, we’ll explore the simple yet gratifying process of fashioning pajama pants that are not just a garment but a statement of personal style and comfort.

So prepare your supplies, arrange your workspace for sewing, and let’s start this exciting journey together.



  • Begin by laying out your paper and placing your well-fitting pants on top.
  • Fold the pants in half, ensuring the legs overlap, and trace around them.
  • Make another outline, adding approximately one inch to each side and three inches to the top and bottom. Congratulations, you’ve just created your pattern!
  • Cut out the pattern and place it on the knit fabric, tracing it twice in each direction for each side. Flip the pattern for the opposite pieces and cut them out.


  • Place one piece right side up and another opposite piece right side down. Clip them together along each side (excluding the inseam).
  • Sew down each clipped side on the sewing machine. Repeat for the other two pieces.
  • Flip one piece right-side out and insert it into the other leg. Align the raw edges of the inseam, sew them together.


  • Fold the top of the pants down to create a waistband. Mark where you want the ribbon to emerge, spacing them about three inches apart.
  • Unfold the waistband, use the buttonhole foot on your machine, and make a buttonhole at each marking. Snip them open.
  • Refold the waistband, clip, and sew around, leaving a two-inch gap.
  • Thread the elastic through the waistband from the gap, using a clip to guide it through.
  • Once the elastic ends meet, sew them together.
  • Thread the ribbon through the buttonholes, ensuring one end comes out of each.
  • Sew the gap in the waistband closed and hem the bottom of the pants.

Tips for choosing the right fabric for pajama pants

Choosing the right fabric for pajama pants is crucial for both comfort and durability. Here are some tips to help you select the perfect fabric:

  • Comfort is Key: Look for fabrics that feel soft against the skin, such as cotton, flannel, or jersey knit. These materials provide a cozy and breathable feel, essential for a good night’s sleep.
  • Consider the Season: For cooler nights, opt for warmer fabrics like flannel or brushed cotton. Lightweight cotton or linen is ideal for warmer climates or the summer season.
  • Breathability: Choose fabrics that allow air circulation, preventing overheating during the night. Natural fibers like cotton and bamboo are excellent choices for breathability.
  • Stretch and Movement: Pajama pants should provide ease of movement. Fabrics with a bit of stretch, like jersey knit or spandex blends, offer flexibility and comfort, especially if you tend to move around in your sleep.
  • Durability and Washability: Consider how easy the fabric is to care for. Pajamas are frequently washed, so choose fabrics that are durable and maintain their softness after multiple washes. Cotton and cotton blends are usually easy to care for.
  • Prints and Patterns: Pajamas are a fun way to express your style. Choose fabrics with prints or patterns that resonate with your personality. Just ensure that the pattern doesn’t compromise the comfort of the fabric.
  • Sensitivity and Allergies: Be mindful of any skin sensitivities or allergies you may have. Natural fibers like cotton are less likely to cause irritation compared to synthetic materials.
  • Anti-Pill Properties: To keep your pajamas looking new for longer, consider fabrics with anti-pill properties. This prevents the formation of those little fabric balls that can appear after washing.
  • Opacity: Ensure that the fabric is opaque enough to maintain modesty. Lighter colors and thinner fabrics may be more transparent, so consider this factor when choosing your material.
  • Budget Considerations: Fabrics come in a wide range of prices. While higher-quality fabrics may be more expensive, investing in a good fabric can result in more comfortable and durable pajamas in the long run.


Can I use a different type of fabric for the pajama pants?

While the tutorial suggests knit or flannel, you can experiment with various fabrics like cotton or jersey for a different feel.

I don’t have a buttonhole foot. Can I still make the pants?

Yes, you can. Instead of buttonholes, consider using a stretch stitch or zigzag stitch for the waistband opening.

Can I use a different closure method for the waistband?

If you’re not a fan of ribbon, you can opt for a drawstring, elastic only, or even a decorative cord.

How do I adjust the pattern for different sizes?

Enlarge or reduce the pattern by adding or subtracting inches accordingly. Ensure you maintain symmetry by adjusting each section proportionately.

Can I add pockets to the pajama pants?

Customize your pants by adding side-seam pockets. Cut the pocket shape from the pattern and sew them before assembling the pant legs.

What if I want to make the pants shorter or longer?

Adjust the length of the pattern as desired. Remember to maintain consistency when cutting and sewing to ensure both legs are the same length.

How can I ensure a perfect fit without a well-fitting pair of pants for the pattern?

Take accurate body measurements and create a pattern based on those measurements. Make a muslin test garment to check the fit before cutting into your chosen fabric.

Can I make these pants without a drawstring or elastic waist?

You can create a flat-front waistband with a zipper or use a different closure method based on your preference.

What should you look for before choosing the right fabric for pajama pants?

Opt for soft, breathable fabrics like cotton, jersey, or flannel for maximum comfort. Consider the season and personal preferences when selecting fabric.

Can I use a serger for this project instead of a sewing machine?

Yes, you can use a serger for most parts of this project. Just ensure that your serger is equipped to handle the type of fabric you’ve chosen.

I’m having trouble threading the elastic through the waistband. Any tips?

Use a safety pin or a bodkin to help guide the elastic through the waistband. Secure one end and gently push or pull it through, ensuring it doesn’t twist inside the casing.

Can I make these pajama pants without a ribbon or drawstring?

You can omit the ribbon or drawstring for a sleeker look or replace it with a fabric tie made from the same material as the pants.

 What type of stitch should I use for hemming the bottom of the pants?

 A stretch or narrow zigzag stitch works well for hemming knit fabrics. For flannel or woven fabrics, a straight stitch or a decorative stitch can be used.

Can I use pre-made bias tape for the waistband instead of making my own?

Yes, you can use pre-made bias tape for a quicker finish. Match the tape color to your fabric, or get creative with a contrasting color for a stylish touch.

How can I make sure the buttonholes are evenly spaced on the waistband?

Measure and mark the desired distance between buttonholes before sewing. Use a ruler or a seam gauge to ensure accuracy and consistency.

How can I ensure that the pants are not too tight around the hips or thighs?

Before cutting your fabric, measure your hip and thigh circumference and compare it to the pattern. Adjust the pattern accordingly to achieve the desired fit.

 I don’t have a water-soluble marker. Can I use a regular pencil or chalk?

Yes, you can use a regular pencil or chalk for tracing the pattern. Just ensure it’s easily visible on your fabric and won’t leave a permanent mark.

 Is it possible to make these pants without a pattern, using only measurements?

Yes, you can create a simple pattern based on your measurements, especially for the straight-legged design. Ensure to add seam allowances and test with muslin before cutting your final fabric.


And there you have it – your very own homemade pajama pants! I had a blast creating my own pair, and I can’t wait to see what patterns and fabrics you choose for yours. Embrace the joy of crafting your sleepwear, and don’t forget to share your creations with me. Sweet dreams in your custom-made comfort!