Sweats... No Sweat!
Want to make some
pajama / sweat pants for yourself or the kiddos? Here's how
to do it without buying a pattern!
Fabric of choice
Pair of PJ Pants
Grab a pair of pants you like to use as your pattern. Turn them inside out and fold them like this on top of your fabric:
Trace around the shape,
about an inch or so out to allow for seams. At the top,
bend the waist band up and use use the seam under it as
your guide. You'll need four total pieces cut in this
shape. Give a little extra on the length, because you'll
lose a little in your waistband seam and the seam around
Measure right here and
multiply by four. That's how long your waist band will
need to be. Cut out a strip to that length (plus an inch
or so to allow for the seam), and about 2 1/2 inches
Sew these two sides of
each pant leg: (the top and bottom straight sections in
the photo below)
Open the pant legs up
and pin the front to back crotch seam together, it
should look like this:
Sew that seam. Now all
that's left is the top band and the seams around the
Fold your waistband in
half and lay it out above the waist of the pants. Mark
where the seam needs to be in order to make the
waistband the same width as the pants.
Sew on that line, and
trim off the excess fabric.
Fold the waistband in
half to form a casing.
Now pin the casing to
the waist edge of the pants, with all three raw edges
together at the top.
Sew in place, leaving
an opening of an inch or two in the center back so you
can string your elastic through.
Hold the elastic around
the PJ pants wearer's waist and mark where it is
comfortably stretched on them.
Attach the elastic to a
clothespin and thread it through the casing.
Sew the elastic to
itself, using your line as a guide. Please don't mind my
ghetto fabulous looking sewing in this portion. No one
is going to see this part. Well, except for you.
Pull the elastic snug
back into the casing, then show the last little bit of
the casing closed.
Turn under the ankle
part of the pants and hem.
That completes your
Insert a happy hiney!
Last, if you decided to
do this project yourself, please send me a photo of it
with your name and what state you're from! I've recently
decided to start featuring my readers' finished results.