Pajama Pants Tutorial

Learn how to make super easy and too cute pajama pants!

Everyone loves pajama pants! And they are even more special when they are home made using favorite fabrics. Use our Pajama Pants Tutorial (with one seam and a cuff!) by The Creative Vault and make one for everyone in the family.

Hi y’all!  Alicia here from The Creative Vault and I’m happy to be back again!  Today I’m going to show you how to make one seam cuffed pajama pants.  I also have a giveaway for you so stick around until the end to find out how you can win!

One seam cuffed pajama pants.

Most pants you see will have an inseam and and outer seam that runs down the sides of the pants.  One seam pants have just an inner seam which means less work, more comfort.  This one seam technique is perfect for comfy pj’s and lounge pants.

You can make these in any size, adult to kids, and once you have your pattern it takes less than 30 minutes to put it together.  Great for gifts for the upcoming holidays.  {Yikes!  Did I just say it was almost Christmas!?!}

Cutest cuffed one seam pajama pants.

I also wanted to highlight The Ribbon Retreat’s Licensed Fabric selection and how great it is for boys.  What little man doesn’t imagine himself as Batman or Superman?  The fabric is awesome enough for boys to want to wear and it gives us an excuse to craft for the guys in our life because let’s face it, crafting for them can be so hard!  There is also licensed fabric for girls too so be sure to check it out.

Let’s get started!

~ Pajama Pants Tutorial ~

Supplies:

Supplies

- Main Fabric, Batman Blue Logo

- Coordinating Fabric, Batman Black Brick

- 1 inch elastic

- Thread

- Pants Pattern (see below)

Step 1: Create your pattern.

Lay a pair of pants onto craft paper. I buy my paper at the dollar store but you can also use the back of wrapping paper.

Use another pair of pants to trace your pattern.

Trace your pants by adding half an inch to the sides. Add about an inch and a half to the top and 1-2 inches to the hem. You’ll see that I made the waist and the hem line as straight as possible.

You can make adjustments according to how your starter pants fit your child. I wanted my pants to be looser than the jeans I measured from so I added a little room.

For the cuff you will mark 1-2 inches above the original hem.

Measure the cuff 1-2" above the original hem and mark it.

Pattern

Now you have two pattern pieces – a pant leg and a cuff.

Step 2: Cut out your pieces.

Lay your pant pattern on the fold of your main fabric. Cut 2.

Lay pattern on the fold of your fabric.

For the cuff, fold your coordinating fabric horizontally and then once over vertically (see photo below). Lay your pattern piece on top, lining it up where the folds are and cut 2.

Fold cuff fabric horizontally, then vertically and lay your pattern on the folds.

You should now have a total of 4 pieces.

4 pieces for your pajama pants.

Step 3: Lay the pants right side together and stitch the sections indicated in the picture.

Lay pants together, right sides together and stitch sides to the crotch.

{Don’t let the different fabric throw you off. I just forgot to take a picture of this step in the Batman fabric. Sorry.}

Step 4: Keeping right sides together open the pants up and stitch the entire curve of the inseam.

Keep your fabric right sides together and bring the inseam together and sew.

If you don’t want a cuff to your pants you’re basically done. After this step you would just need to add an elastic casing and hem the bottom. If you’re wanting a cuff, read on…

Step 5:  Prepare the cuff.

Sew the short sides of the cuff, right sides together.

Sew the short sides of the cuff together, right sides together.

Fold the cuff in half with the seam on the inside.

Fold the cuff in half with the seam on the inside.

Attach cuff to the pants, on the outside and sew along the edge.

Attach the cuff to the outside of the pant (while they are still inside out) and stitch. When you attach the cuff this way the raw or serged edge will be on the outside of the pant. When you roll up the cuff you won’t see it at all. I like it this way, because it creates a smoother inside and is more comfortable, but if you’d rather the edge be on the inside of the pant than you would just attach in the same way with the pants right side out.

Step 6: Create a casing for the elastic.

Fold over the waistband and stitch, leaving about a one inch opening. Pull your elastic through and stitch it together. Sew the opening closed.

To sew the elastic, lay one end on top of the other and sew.

I find that the best way to sew the elastic together is to lay one piece on top of the other and stitch together.

Step 7: {Optional}

The cuff should stay nicely when you flip it up, but if you wish you can tack it in place with a few hand stitches on the side. I didn’t do this to mine.

See how easy these are to make? You’ll have a dozen done before you know it!


Giveaway!
*This giveaway is now closed.*

I had just enough fabric left over to make a baby pair which I’m giving away.

Giveaway pants

The pants are size 12 months and would be great for your little Batman or as a gift for a friend.

You can have up to 5 entries (leave a comment for each one):

- Visit The Ribbon Retreats Licensed Fabrics and tell us what’s your favorite.
- Be a follower of The Creative Vault blog
- Be a follower of The Ribbon Retreat Blog
- Follow The Ribbon Retreat on Facebook
- Follow The Creative Vault on Pinterest

The giveaway will be open for one week and a winner will be selected at random. Give away is open to US and international readers. Good luck!


Thank you so much Alicia!!

I am already dreaming up matching pants for all my kids for Christmas! This tutorial is so good and shows how easy making pants can be, especially with one seam. Are you dreaming up lovingly made pajama pants for those you love? :)

And how wonderful is Alicia to give the baby pants away!? Will your toddler boy win his very own pair?! Make sure to enter to win these cute pajama pants.

Alicia has an awesome blog over at The Creative Vault so check it out
and see what fun tutorials you are missing out on.

As always, if you’re a craft blogger or bow maker who’d like to submit a tutorial of your own, visit our Project Submission Page to see all the details. We make it worth your while! We love our contributors!

Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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    Posted August 22, 2012 at 7:47 am | Permalink

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    Posted August 22, 2012 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    OMG looks so easy..my 4 year old loves batman..we had batman parties for him since he was two and now in November he wants another batman party ..this would be perfect for me to make him cuz he loves when I make anything for him…I follow ribbon retreat on facebook plus I am on the mailing list for weekly emails and go on weekly to buy ribbon.

  9. Posted August 22, 2012 at 9:37 am | Permalink

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  32. Lari Erickson
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Love these jammie pants. Have to start making my grand kids some!

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    I follow The Ribbon Retreat on Facebook. I make custom hair bows for my two little girls and have gotten some great inspirations from the ones you posted. As soon as I saw these baby Batman pajamas on my Facebook wall, I immediately thought of my cousin Valerie. Batman is her favorite AND she just had a new baby. She would absolutely love these! I am hoping to win for Valerie. Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome prize for my awesome cousin!

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  45. Kerrie
    Posted August 30, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    I follow on FB, and these are just to cute and my lil baby just so happens to be 1 year old and would look so cute wearing them. I like the batman fabric the best. I have a lil boy and I make hair bows lol. I am going to try making these and your tutorial is very easy to follow. Thank you for sharing.

  46. Posted December 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    i have seen a couple of tutorials for making pj pants, and this was by far the clearest and best explained. i am starting three pairs tonight!

  47. Chris
    Posted December 4, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    I am so going to make these. We love our jammie pants!! :) You just made it sooooo much easier with this tutorial. Thank you

  48. Becky Carico
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    I sew the cuff on before sewing the pant legs together!! So much easier!

  49. Christie
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I made six pairs of these yesterday in various sizes.
    The tutorial is easy to follow… and they turned out awesome!!! Thank you so much!

  50. Jennifer
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the great tutorial. I made 4 pairs last night.

  51. Robin
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    These look so cute! How do you measure the elastic for the waistband? I am very new to sewing

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted December 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      Hi Robin, if you have your person you are sewing for, just wrap the elastic around their waist where the pants will sit. I measure it to what I think would be comfortable around my waist… enough for it to stay up, but not too tight. Then add two inches for overlapping when you sew them together. Does that make sense? – Shirley :)

  52. Robin
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Yes that is great. Excited to make them. If I don’t have the person Should I just measure the waist of the pants I am getting the pattern off of? Wanted to make some ahead for my kids next sizes

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted January 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi Robin, yes that is a great idea. I have done that before when my little guy was sleeping and I didn’t want to wait until he woke up. :) Have fun! – Shirley :)

  53. Sandy
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    I am so gonna try these in an adult size for me. Too Awesome!!!!!

  54. Holly
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    LOVE the one seam idea!!!!! My daughter has been complaining about not having pajamas that fit. Now, I can whip up ten pairs in a day!!!!! Thanks a ton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Judy Hante
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I really love this idea and think I will make some pants for my granddaughters! Thanks for sharing this on-line with us.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

      Hi Judy! We are so glad you like them and are going to make some for your granddaughters. We love it!!! Thanks for your comment. :)

  56. Kari
    Posted June 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    How much fabric do these way cute PJ pants take?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 27, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

      Hi Kari! Thank you for your question. Alicia says, “That’s a good question but also a tough one to answer. The short answer is that it just depends on how big you are making them. I would probably suggest getting as many yards as your pants are long. I would just measure your pants length plus the few extra inches the pattern calls for to add a waistband and buy at least that much yardage of fabric. For the cuffs you really only need 1/4 of a yard. Hope that helps!”

      Thanks Kari! Have a wonderful day! :)

  57. julieclw
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Thanks, I need pants, this is the easiest pattern I have found! julie

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

      Hi Julie! Yay! Aren’t these so fun? So glad you like them. Have a wonderful day and thank you for your comment!

  58. Posted July 21, 2013 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    I’ve used the same pattern for my grandkids and these are their favorite to wear and gaga’s favorite to make… Good job. I have also made sun dresses out of old t-shirts for my granddaughter and she really l0ves her play in the sun fun sundresses.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 22, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

      Hi and thank you for your comment! I am so glad that you make pajama pants for your grandkids. My grandma use to make them for our family too, and I LOVED it. Have a wonderful rest of your day and have fun sewing. :)

  59. Lori
    Posted July 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I am a beginner sewer and I think even I could manage this :) I am going to add this to my to do list very soon. I think they would be cute if you make them into capris for the girls for warmer weather. I can already see these for Christmas morning. Matching PJs for the whole family (mommy & daddy too). Thank you for another wonderful tutorial on the Ribbon Retreat Blog!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 25, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Hi Lori! Yay! I love the capri idea…genius! I think these would be great for Christmas morning as well. Have so much fun making them and thank you for your sweet sweet comment! Have a wonderful day!

  60. Posted August 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for making this easy! I literally just finished a pair of Cars pajama pants for my son using your post. It only took about an hour. He rolled his eyes when I took a pic of him, but the pants turned out great! :)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 5, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

      Hi Becky! Yay! Way to be a super mom!! I love that you took a picture of him although he rolled his eyes! Awesome job Becky and thank you so much for sharing! You rock! Michelle :)

  61. Posted August 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    I am so excited to try these. Do you think newborn ones would turn out as well if done the same way? Thinking up matching pants for Christmas morning. :)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 12, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sara! Thank you so much for your comment! Yes, I think they would be adorable on a newborn and work perfectly by following this great tutorial. Thank you so much Sara! Have a great day! Michelle :)

  62. Lisa
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Is it unrealistic to attempt this sewing by hand???

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lisa! Thank you for your question. No, I don’t think it is unrealistic at all. It will be very time consuming but very doable, and they will turn out so cute! Thanks Lisa! Michelle :)

  63. Amy
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I love how easy this tutorial is, thank you.

    I do have a question though; I made these tonight for my daughter but they butt, hip, waist part was way too tight. I followed your tutorial exactly and was so excited when I saw that they actually looked like pants (I’m just learning to sew!)
    What do you think the problem was? I added a lot of extra room in the pattern because I wanted the pants to be baggy and comfy and was so sad when they turned out too tight!

    • Posted December 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

      Hi Amy! Thank you for your question. Alicia suggests that it was the pants that she used as the guide. Girls pants tend to hug the body more and are more form fitting. Even though extra room was added it probably needs more. I would recommend using a pair of looser pants and adding even more space to create nice baggy pants. Worst thing that can happen with making them too big is having to take them in and that’s an easy fix. Thank you again Amy! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle :)

  64. Carolyn
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I don’t understand when you say open the pants up but still keep the right sides together. I have only made blankets and burpcloths with my sewing machine so far, so this is very new to me. Thanks.

  65. Carolyn
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Nevermind, I didn’t realize the pants legs are two separate pieces! Lol Thanks :0)

  66. Carolyn
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Okay, last comment! I feel so stupid right now! I figured it out, how easy! Thanks for the How to guide :0)

    • Posted December 20, 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

      Hi Carolyn! You are awesome! I am so glad you got it figured out! Way to go on trying jammies after only doing blankets and burp clothes. You are amazing! Good luck! We would love to see a picture! You can send them to michelle@theribbonretreat.com. Thanks Carolyn! Michelle :)

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