How to make pyjama bottoms

Swan pyjama bottoms tutorial

Up your loungewear game in The New Craft House’s cosy-glam swan pyjamas.

There’s nothing better than coming home on a chilly winter evening and changing straight into a slouchy jumper, woolly socks and your favourite pjs. This pair will let everyone know you’re officially off-duty, and ready to curl up on the sofa for the night.

We’ve used Bonnie Christine’s Hello Ollie fabric in Swanlings Bevy Peach, designed for Art Gallery Fabrics, as we’re seriously crushing on all things swan-related. But, this straightforward pattern would work just as well with brushed cotton for a classic pyjama feel.

Swan pyjama bottom tutorial from The New Craft House/Mollie Makes

You’ll need

  • Light to medium-weight woven fabric, 2.5m (2½yrds)
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Elastic, 1m (1yrd), 0.5cm (¼”) wide
  • Ribbon, 60cm (23 5/8“), 1.5cm (5/8“) wide
  • Paper for templates
  • Tailor’s chalk

Sizes

(UK) 8-10, 10-12, 12-14. You can amend the template to create other sizes.

Notes

Use a seam allowance of 1.5cm (5/8“), clipping the curves where necessary so the seam allowances lie flat, and making sure to press your seams open throughout.

How to make the pjs

Step one

Using this template, trace out your pattern pieces in 8-10, 10-12 or 12-14 onto pattern paper or greaseproof paper. For other sizes you can amend the template.

Swan pyjama bottom tutorial from The New Craft House/Mollie Makes — step 2

Step two

Fold your fabric in half lengthways with wrong sides (WS) facing, then pin your pattern pieces to the fabric, matching the grain line on the pattern to the straight grain of your fabric. Cut around your pattern pieces carefully and mark all notches. Mark the buttonholes and pocket markers using tailor’s chalk. If you’re using a directional fabric, make sure you cut the pattern pieces in the right direction.

Swan pyjama bottom tutorial from The New Craft House/Mollie Makes — step 3a

Swan pyjama bottom tutorial from The New Craft House/Mollie Makes — step 3b

Step three

Using your buttonhole foot, make a buttonhole on both of your front leg pieces at the markings, ensuring it’s wide enough to fit your elastic through.

Swan pyjama bottom tutorial from The New Craft House/Mollie Makes — step 4

Step four

Fold the top of your pocket piece to the WS by 0.5cm (¼”), then again by 1.5cm (5/8“). Press and sew in place. Fold over the remaining three sides of your pocket to the WS, again by 0.5cm (¼”), and press.

Swan pyjama bottom tutorial from The New Craft House/Mollie Makes — step 5

Step five

Place your pocket on the right side (RS) back leg piece, matching it up with the pocket markers and with RS up. Pin in place, then top stitch around the two sides and bottom of the pocket, close to the edge.

Swan pyjama bottom tutorial from The New Craft House/Mollie Makes — step 6

Step six

Place one front and one back leg with RS together, lining them up along the inner legs with notches matching. Pin and sew along the inner leg seam, then press the seam open. Repeat for the other front and back leg.

Swan pyjama bottom tutorial from The New Craft House/Mollie Makes — step 7

Step seven

Place both leg pieces RS together, lining them up around the crotch seam. Pin and sew around the curve. Sew another seam 0.5cm (¼”) down from this line of stitching, and trim off any excess seam allowance above the first line.

Swan pyjama bottom tutorial from The New Craft House/Mollie Makes — step 8

Step eight

With RS still together, match the two side seams of your pyjamas. Pin and sew both sides together along the length.

Step nine

Fold over the bottom of your pyjama legs to the WS by 0.5cm (¼”), then again by 1.5cm (5/8“). Press and sew in place.

Step ten

Fold over the waistband of your pyjamas to the WS by 0.5cm (¼”), then again by 2.5cm (1″). Check your buttonholes are positioned in the centre of the band, then press and pin. Sew in place along the bottom of the waistband, then turn the pyjamas RS out.

Swan pyjama bottom tutorial from The New Craft House/Mollie Makes — step 11

Step 11

Measure the elastic around your hips where the trousers will sit and mark at a comfortable length. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic, then push through one buttonhole all the way around the waistband, being careful not to twist the elastic. Pull out of the same buttonhole, cross the two ends of the elastic over each other so they lie flat, and stitch together at the mark you made earlier. Push the elastic back into the buttonhole so it all sits inside the waistband.

Swan pyjama bottom tutorial from The New Craft House/Mollie Makes — step 12

Step 12

Thread your length of ribbon through the buttonholes and tie in a bow to finish.

 

The New Craft HouseAbout The New Craft House

Rosie and Hannah are the duo behind award-winning blog The New Craft House. Friends since childhood, the pair learned to knit together on the school bus. They both love using traditional crafts in modern projects and have recently launched their own range of craft kits. www.thenewcrafthouse.com

 

 

 

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