5 SEAM PAJAMA PANTS – NO PATTERN REQUIRED! | PAGE 2
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– Sewing Machine, Needle and Bobbin
– Fabric (See Tips and Tricks below)
– Coordinating Thread
– Fabric Marking Pen (see Tips and Tricks below)
– Iron and Ironing Board
– Straight Pins
– Another Pair of Pants (see Tips and Tricks below)
– Elastic or Ribbon/Fabric (see Tips and Tricks below)
– Safety Pin
Tips and Tricks for Successful 5 Seam Pajama Pants
- The fabric types that work best to make these pants are Cotton Apparel Fabric and Fleece. Flannel Fabrics are another great option for cold weather months, although you may consider adding approximately an inch extra to all sides to make up for the limited stretch of this kind of fabric.
- If you have a finished inseam of 25 inches or less, you can use a yard of fabric. Otherwise, a yard and a half should be enough. Two yards will be plenty, even if you have a really long inseam or like a high waist.
- My favorite way to buy fabric is online because then I don’t have to drag my three unruly boys to the fabric store. It never ends well. But, it can be hard to buy fabric you can’t touch. I’ve done a lot of shopping around and my very favorite place to get fabric online is from Fabric.com. The quality is always great, the selection is wide and plentiful, the customer service has been great every time I’ve needed something and prices are competitive and shipping is quick.
FABRIC MARKING PEN
- I prefer plain old chalk to do my fabric marking with. You can find it in the art section of most retail stores. Chalk washes out easily, offers the option of making small marks or large ones and can be simply rubbed away if you make a mistake and need to redo your marks.
WHICH PANTS SHOULD I USE?
- These will, in essence, be your pattern. You will want to choose a pair that fits well and is comfortable. Another pair of lounge or pajama pants are great. I make these 5 seam pants every year for Christmas for my kids. I use a current pair of athletic-style pants that fits well and add about two inches to the length to allow them room to grow with my kids over the next year.
- Always err on the side of too large. You can always trim them down, but it’s really hard to put material back once it’s been cut.
ELASTIC OR DRAWSTRING
- Which style you chose is up to personal preference. I prefer elastic and I like 3/4 inch wide. It’s wide enough to not roll, but not so wide it’s cumbersome or uncomfortable.
- If you opt for a drawstring, you will need a ribbon or piece of fabric (sewn into a strip with right sides together and then turned right sides out) that is the same length as the circumference of your pants, plus eight inches.