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Sewing Pajamas!

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While Joe and Lisa were visiting they decided to have me do a little sewing! ;) Their granddaughter has a birthday coming up and they wanted me to make her some pajamas. Lisa picked out the little monkeys from my stash and then picked this pattern –

Simplicity 1925  (Pssst!! It’s on sale for $3.99!!!)

The pattern calls for wovens but I think the knit worked just fine. ;)


While we were out running around Joe asked me if I could make him some new pajama shorts and of course I said YES!! LOL

He picked out some flannel and wanted to get enough for me to make Colin a matching pair. (Colin was sick.)

Here are Colin’s PJ shorts!


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Right before our company arrived, I finished another skirt for Skirting the Issue.

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I think this is my favorite so far.

I have fabric draped over the back of my sewing chair just waiting to be turned into more skirts!! YAY!!!






Colin’s Mushroom PJs and Chalk Fun

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Colin is a happy little fella with his new PJs. He has been begging me for a very long time to make them for him. Poor guy. ;)

I made them same way I did his dinosaur PJs.  The only difference is that I made my own bias tape and did a lettuce hem at the bottom.

I bought 3 yards of that mushroom fabric when it was on clearance at Hancock’s.  I was hoping to have enough to make Cailey and Deanna PJs out of it BUT it was way too narrow. I should still be able to make Cailey some, though. I’m thinking of a nightgown.


Cailey LOVES to draw. It’s probably her favorite thing in the world to do. Here are some of her chalk drawings.


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She drew the entire cast of SpongeBob! LOL As a matter of fact, I need to go out and photograph the rest of them. ;)


Today I will be starting on my chest of drawers redo. I SHOULD be able to post the finished project on Wednesday! :)


Don’t forget to check out Skirting the Issue over at Project Run & Play!!!



I Am a Sewing Machine!

Yep! That is what I am! LOL I finished 3 sewing projects today!! And I am patting myself on the back a little bit…. LOL ;)


Here they are!!


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I made these pajama pants for a friend of mine. Another friend sent me the fabric just for these.  I hope they make her smile when she gets them. She has had a REALLLLY hard time lately. :(


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I had enough fleece left over to make her a matching tote bag.



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Then I made these Toy Story pajama pants for Colin. He had a Buzz Lightyear pajama shirt given to him by a friend but she couldn’t find the pants. Enter a sale at Joann’s! LOL I have had this fabric sitting in my pile for a while now.


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One happy boy!!! Score a point for mom!!! LOL



And I wanted to show you Cailey’s latest artwork. Usually she prefers to draw with ink so this is rare… LOL


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I have a few ideas brewing. Hopefully I can get them worked out and have a few new tutorials coming up for you! :)



Cutie, Cutie Cupcakes!





YAY!!!! D loves her cupcake PJs!! :) Score for mom!! LOL


They are so quick and easy to make but I get to look like a champ for my daughter! Win, win! ;)


Project one for the day is done! Now I have 2 more things that I would like to make today.



Pajama Romper Tutorial

I have having a HECK of a time with the dang McCall’s M4769….. SIGH….. All I have left to do is add the lapel, button holes and buttons but I can’t figure out how they want me to add the lapel! I have pinned it several different ways and none of them work. :/ Soooo, while I have been trying to work that out I decided to make some PJs for c1, but I didn’t want the same ol’, same ol’ PJs or nightgown. Soooo, I went with a romper! :)



Here’s a tutorial to go along with it!


I started with a piece of flannel about 35″ long by 43″ wide. You will also need a pack of extra wide, double fold bias tape in a coordinating color, ribbon and 5/8″ elastic.


Step 1- Find something to use as a guide for the arm hole cuts. I used one of c1’s nightgowns. Fold your rectangle into fourths with the selvage hanging over slightly (will be your seam allowance). Place your guide on the fabric as shown and cut your arm holes!


That is what it will look like. ^



Step 2- While still folded into fourths you will measure where the waist should be and where the legs should start. You will cut to make the legs ON THE FOLD.


This is what it will look like folded in half.


Step 3 – At this point you will want to sew around the raw edges of the arm holes and neck line. Flannel is THE WORST at fraying.


Step 4- Pin your side seam, right sides together and sew it up. Cut off the extra.




Step 5- Fold over about 1 1/2 from the top. You are making a casing for elastic so be sure to leave an opening!

Step 6- Measure the front of your child’s dress and cut the elastic.

Step 7- Safety pin each end and either hold tightly to both ends or pin one end to the outside. Insert the elastic into the casing.

Step 8- Pull the elastic slightly out of the end of the opening. Sew the elastic into the end of the opening


Step 9- Trim the elastic.

Do that to the back as well.


Here is what you should have so far.


Step 10- Open your bias tape and cut it in half so that you have two 1 1/2 yard pieces. Find the middle, open it up and pin it to the middle of your arm hole. Then sew it up. Do that to both sides leaving the excess hanging off, that will be your tires.

Step 11- Open the ends of the bias tape, fold over and then in half again. Sew up the ends. (I forgot to take a pic of that part.)


This is what you will have so far.



Step 12- Pin and sew up your inseam. Afterward I went back and reinforced the crotch.


Step 13- Sew the raw edges of the legs.


Step 14- Fold up  and pin the bottoms of each leg about 1 1/2 inches and sew an elastic casing. Make sure to leave an opening!


Step 15- Cut two lengths of elastic that will fit comfortably around your child’s calves. Safety pin each end and insert.


Step 16- Sew the ends of the elastic together.


Step 17 – Sew the casing opening closed. Do

Do that to both legs.


Now you can stop here if your child prefers loose garments. This is what you will have.

BUT if you would rather make it more fitting, stick around…. LOL


Step 18 – Measure where you need the waist to be and mark it. Start pinning your ribbon around the outside.

Step 19 – Sew the top and bottom of the ribbon making sure to leave an opening to insert elastic.


Step 20- Safety pin both ends of your elastic and insert through the ribbon.


Step 21- Sew the ends of the elastic together.

Step 22- Sew the opening closed.


Step 23- Tuck one end of the ribbon inside the opening, then fold over the end in and tuck it in, too.


Now you’re done!! :)




Wish me luck on figuring out McCall’s M4769!! I may end up just taking the collar off and finishing it up MY way. LOL


Spider-man Pajama Tutorial

Here’s another surprise tutorial for you! c2 realllllly wanted me to make him some Spider-man p.j.s today so here they are! I figured while I was about it I might as well make up a tutorial for them! :)


I started with 1 1/2 yds of Spider-man flannel and used every last bit of it! LOL You will also need some 1″ elastic and possibly a button…. I think I will be going back and adding one to his. ;)


Step 1- Find a shirt that fits your child well. The one I picked was a little smaller than I wanted for his p.j.s. I wanted to give him a little room to grow.


Remove the cat.


Remove BOTH cats…..

Step 2- Lay your t-shirt down on the fabric matching up the folds. Use the shirt as a guide and cut around it.


Step 3- Folding your fabric the OTHER way use your newly made front as your guide and cut around it.


Also, I cut a little notch in the back to make sure I could pull it over his head. He HATES buttons… SIGH… So I was hoping to get by without adding any


Step 4- Find a pair of pants (or shorts if you prefer), fold them in half and pull the crotch ALL the way out.


Step 5- Lay the pants/shorts on the fold and use them as a guide to cut around.

Remove the cat so you can finish cutting…….

Step 6- Again, folding your fabric in the other direction, use your newly made leg as a guide and cut.


Sleeves!! I almost forgot to tell how to make the sleeves!! LOL

Lay your top over fabric with the fold at the top. Use your sleeve “hole” as a guide line to cut the sleeve, coming out and down a little past your guide. Do this for both sleeves.

Now that you have all your pieces you can get ready to sew them up!


Remove the DARN CAT!!!!

Step 7- Pin front of shirt to back of shirt, right sides together and sew together


Step 8- Pin and sew the hem of your sleeves, then fold the sleeves right sides together to sew the bottom of the sleeve.


Step 9- Pin your sleeve to the sleeve hole with the shirt and sleeve right sides together. Sew them up!


Step 10- Pin and sew the hem of the shirt


Step 11- Roll the neck line and pin. Sew it up! But take this sloooowly…..


Remove the DRATTED CAT!!!! Good grief!


Step 12- Take one leg and pin the side with right sides together sew up from the bottom to the point of the crotch. Do the same with the other leg.


Step 13- Turn ONE leg right side out and stuff it down the other leg, matching up seams. Pin in place and sew from the top of one side, down to the crotch and up to the other side.


Step 14- Turn pants wrong side out and pin 2″ from the top to make your elastic casing

Step 15- Sew your elastic casing, leaving an opening to thread the elastic through

Grab your child and measure the elastic around the waist. Other people will say to add a little for seam allowance but I find that always makes the pants/skirt/shorts a little too big. ;)


Step 16- Put a safety pin in both ends of the elastic and thread one end through (you can either hold tightly to both ends OR pin one end to the fabric (Thanks, LaVonne)


Step 17- Sew ends of elastic together.


Step 18- Sew the opening closed.

Step 19- Pin and hem the bottoms of the pants! (I forgot to take a pic of this but I figure if you’ve made it this far…. ;))

Now your done! YAY!! Your little one has new p.j.s!! :)) You could always do it this way for grown-up p.j.s, too. ;)

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