Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sew Summer Pajamas - for Boys

I don't know about you, but it seems like every time summer comes around I realize that my kids only have flannel, fleece, or otherwise WAY TOO WARM pajamas. 
Now that we're in Pennsylvania where it gets pretty darn humid in the summer (and we have no AC) 
summer pajamas are a must!
And I don't know why, but I have something against spending money on pajamas. I know it doesn't make sense, but they're just to sleep in, you only wear them in you own home preferably when no one but family will see you..... and maybe its just that we have usually had hand-me-downs or made out own,
 I don't know, but spending money on pajamas, not cool. 

So I whipped up some new summer pjs for my kids. 

I used extra-large t-shirts I had found on clearance for $1 for the fabric, so my total cost was only $2. (Well, actually more like $1 since I made Lydia a shirt and sorts out of the same t-shirts.) Yeah for cheap knit!

I traced an existing t-shirt for my pattern (only made it with no sleeves). 
After cutting out the pieces I let David (5) paint whatever he wanted on the shirt. 
We just used acrylic paint and added textile medium 
(just follow the directions on the textile medium bottle, super easy.)

Just in case you weren't sure, he painted dinosaur fossils. 
Whatever makes him happy :)

After painting the front of the shirt I sewed the shirt together and then added the ribbing in the collar and sleeves. (I actually just used the same knit for the ribbing rather than a rib-knit like I usually do, but it seemed to work fine.)

Then I just traced a pair of pajama bottoms for my shorts pattern, cut them out, sewed them up, and put in an elastic waist band. Easy and comfy. 

For the waist band I just made a circle of elastic the size I wanted, pinned it to the inside of the shorts along the waist-line, folded the top edge over the elastic and sewed with a zig-zag stitch. So quick. 

Yeah for new pajamas!!!

My model is looking like he's oh-so-cool. 
He's only 5, how does he know how to do that?

Now go make some for your kids! 
AND check back soon for the GIRL version!!

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