Pull out your sewing machine this summer and make your kids easy to sew pajama shorts.

 

Get sewing this summer and make these super easy pajama shorts! This sewing project is great for beginners and novice sewers.

 

Every year for Christmas I sew my kids a few pairs of pajama pants.  Pajama pants are a surprisingly easy sewing project and they are great for beginning sewers – or just really bad sewers like me!

Now that it's summer and the air conditioning is on, my kids were still trying to wear their winter pajamas to bed.  I sew the pants out of flannel and they love the softness of it.  I decided to see if I could just cut the legs off my favorite pattern to make shorts. It totally worked!

 

fabric for shorts

I took my kids to the fabric store to pick out fabric for their summer pajamas.  I tried to get them interested in cottons but they kept heading right back to the snuggle flannel.  The flannel is super cheap when it's on sale so I was all for it.

They each picked out three different fabric patterns and I bought a yard of each.  It turns out that a yard will probably make 2 pair of shorts, though, so you really only need about a half of a yard for one pair of shorts.

easy to sew summer shorts

 

It's really important to wash the fabric before you sew with it. You want to make sure that it shrinks, if it's going to shrink and to just get out any dust and dirt from being in the store.   To make sure we got out all the dirt and grime, I used NEW all free clear OXI booster.

 

sewing pattern for pajama bottoms

Once the fabrics were washed, dried, and squared off, it was time to cut out the shorts.  You can use any pair of shorts your child has as a pattern, but I used Taylor's Pajama Pants pattern.

I only printed the first two pages of the pattern and cut the leg off just under where the paper ended.  But the shorts were a tad too short so next time, I'll cut the pattern out to the 6-12 month length to give me a little more room to work. Just follow the instructions on the pattern.  The hardest part is getting the elastic in the waistband.

easy to sew pajama shorts

 

And that was it! Within about half an hour, I had a pair of pajama shorts ready to go.

 

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11 comments on “Easy to Sew Pajama Shorts for Summer

  1. a briliant idea…l love all your free. patterns and tutorials
    thank you so much
    regards
    gail

  2. Debbie L. on said:

    If you hook a safety pin to the elastic it goes through a lot easier. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. What a cute print and great idea! Thanks for sharing with us on Throwback Thursday!

    Mollie

  4. What fun! I love being able to make quick, useful things like this and picking your own fabric is always more fun than what they offer for sale.

    A piece of advice someone gave me for days that you dread elastic? Make them drawstring pants instead.

    Happy sewing!

  5. I really wish I knew how to sew because these shorts are so cute! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo

  6. Great tutorial Camille and just in time for the warmer days and nights in the summer. I’ll definitely have to try this for my little girl. Thanks so much for sharing this with us on #shinebloghop this week. We’re so happy you were able to join us 🙂

  7. Love these! I’m going to make some for the girls for the summer. I like that the flannel is snuggly, but they are shorts so they wont get too hot!

  8. These are perfect. My kids would love these. You should link up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party. Sunday-Wednesday.

  9. Thank you for sharing. I really want to try make pants for my kids. They always knee down on the floor and play with theirs. After a while they will make a big hole on the knee part.