Pyjamarama PJ Pants

Pyjamarama PJ Pants

Have a slumber party and make all your friends their own PJ’s to show off your skills.

Level: Intermediate.

Skills Learnt: Overlocking Stitch, bagging out, taking measurements, drawing a pattern and adding elastic.

Shopping List

  • Jersey or Cotton Fabric (The length will depend on the pattern you draw out from the instructions. See measurement B)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Elastic (fit to your waist)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Measuring Tape
  • Paper (newspaper will be ok)

Pattern Making

Pyjamarama PJ Pants Diagram 1

We recommend drawing a small version of the pattern first, then copying onto a larger piece of paper. We used 3 pieces of newspaper taped together.

To Find A:

  1. Measure your hips in centimetres.
  2. Divide the measurement by 2.
  3. Add 13cms.

A = To Find B:

  1. Measure from your waist to the floor (outer leg)

B = To Find C:

  1. Measure from your groin to the floor (inner leg)
  2. Subtract this measurement from B.

C =

  1. Measure 2.5cm in from the ‘Front’ of the pants along the waist and where we drew line C and draw line D.
    1. Pyjamarama PJ Pants Diagram 2Measure 5cm in from the ‘Back’ of the pants along the waist and where we drew line C and draw line E.
    2. At the bottom of the pants, measure 3.5cm in and mark points F and G. Connect F to the front of line C. Connect G to the back of line C.
    3. Draw a curvy line between C and D and C and E.
    4. Now add a 1cm seam allowance around the entire pattern.
    5. Draw a curvy line between C and D and C and E.
    6. On the ‘Front’ side of the pattern, drop the waist line by 5cm and connect the lines. Measure this diagonal line to find the correct measurement for the waistband = H.
    7. Now add a 1cm seam allowance around the entire pattern.
    8. Use the ‘H’ measurement to draw a rectangle pattern piece for the waistband. A 7cm height will give you a 2.5cm waistband.


  1. Fold the material in half and pin the pattern to the material. If you are using directional material make sure it is pinned the right way up!
  2. Cut out the pattern.
  3. Cut out one waistband piece on the fold of the material. You can choose to use a contract piece of material if you would like, or you can use the same material the PJ pants are being made out of.
  4. Measure your waist and cut a piece of elastic to the size of your waist plus 2cm.

Setting up your machine

  1. Wind the bobbin (in orange/yellow thread first).
  2. Thread the machine.
  3. Insert the bobbin.
  4. Bring the bobbin thread to the top.


  1. Open up the two pant pieces you have cut and place right sides facing.
  2. Pin the two curves in the crutch area and sew the two pieces together.
  3. Keeping the right sides facing, open the pieces and lay flat to form the pant legs.
  4. Pin the legs together and sew in one straight line.
  5. Fold and iron the waistband in half lengthways.
  6. Sew the long ends of the waistband together to create a loop. (If you are using print make sure you are sewing on the wrong side)
  7. Pin one long edge of the waistband to the top of the pants with right sides facing and sew around the circle attaching them together.
  8. Fold the waistband over towards the inside of the pants and pin down. Starting from the back of the pants, sew around the waistband but leave a 5cm gap at the end to thread the elastic through.
  9. Pin a safety pin on the edge of the elastic and push it through the gap in the waistband. Let the material gather over your finger, then hold the safety pin and pull the material straight, continuing this step until the elastic reaches back around the pants. Keep a firm grip on the loose end and be careful not to let the other end of the elastic go into the waistband!
  10. Holding both ends of the elastic, pin them together and then using a zigzag stitch, sew back and forth a few times to hold them together.
  11. Tuck the elastic into the waistband and top stitch the opening closed.
  12. To hem the bottom of the legs, simply turn each pant leg over 1cm and then over again and top stitch the hem in place. Do this for each leg.