This weekend I got the urge to sew.
I made a trip to Hobby Lobby last week and picked up a stack of stuff, including "bandanna" type squares to make the kids some pajamas/knock-around pants, two different kinds of fabric to make the kids pillows/pillowcases, two t-shirts, and Spiderman fabric for the Kiddo's "4" shirt.
So, naturally, when I got the urge to sew, I pulled out some old bedsheets in which the elastic was shot and cut out 5 pillowcases.
Then, having those cut out, I laid them aside, pulled out another old sheet I found at a thrift store and made myself some pajama pants.
Makes perfect sense, right?
I used a beloved pair of flannel pajama pants as my pattern. Oh, and just to set the record straight... unless it is absolutely necessary, I don't draw patterns. The idea of taping together tissue paper gives me hives. I just pinned my already-made pj pants right onto the sheet, measured a seam allowance all around, and cut it out. Worked like a charm.
If you like to get hives, go ahead and draw up a pattern. Make sure you have Benadryl in the house first.
The sheet I used to make these happened to be a fitted sheet (of course), so I had to hem them (and cut all the elastic off of it... ugh).
When it came time to finish the waistline, I was conflicted. A traditional casing with elastic bugs me sometimes (especially in pj pants), because - let's be honest here, folks - all it takes is a little bit of water weight and it's too constricting. And the last thing I want is my lounging pants reminding me of my recent salt intake.
A drawstring alone sounded possibly too binding, too, and the idea of having to readjust numerous times sounded exhausting.
So, I settled on shirring the waist, which has worked out nicely. It's just snug enough that they don't slip down, but they have yet to even approac that binding/constricting/water weight accusation type feeling.
I took pictures to do a tutorial on these, but that sounds a little labor intensive for today. Perhaps later.
If you're looking to make yourself some comfy pajama pants, there's a nice tutorial here.
If you're looking to shirr something, there's nice tutorial here (which includes how to make a cute little hairbow out of shirred fabric).