Make easy PAJAMA PANTS with pockets – DIY Pattern & sewing tutorial

pyjama pants pattern

A goodnight sleep is not much to ask for, after a grueling day of work – be it at the office or the home. At night nothing gives me a peaceful sleep than slipping into a nightwear after a warm bath – be it a nighty ( Checkout the tutorial to make a nighty) or my pyjama pants and tshirt combo. I am especially partial to the Pajama pants. They are the best wear for relaxing or sleeping or lazing around the home comfortably and modestly.

The pattern given here is for a comfortable pajama pants with an elasticised waistband and slash pockets.  


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    Fabric suitable for the Pyjama Pants

    Comfort is the top qualifier for choosing the fabric to sew the pajama pants. Soft cotton, Flannel, fleece, poplin, rayon – plain or printed ( checked or floral) ; any lightweight fabric can be turned into a comfortable pair of PJ pants . But nothing can beat the cotton ofcourse. Breathable comfortable and lightweight , what more do you need for relaxation.

    I love making Pajama pants in special prints even psychedelic prints. Best place to boldly wear them –  home. ( Though I have been known to go out in them too. )

    How much cloth is needed to sew the Pajama pants

    Measure from where you want to tie the pants to the hem. Double this and add .25 meters to this measurement.

    Measure your body. Checkout the post on correctly measuring the body. 

    The Pajama pants you buy at shops usually have an inseam length of 29.5 inches.


    How to make the Pattern for Pyjama pants

    Fold the fabric you have first by half lengthwise and then by half again width wise. Checkout the post on cutting fabric for details on this fold.  Start marking 1″ from the top edge.

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    Start marking the following

    Make a line I-B 1″ from the top edge of the fabricI-C = Crotch depth + 1″ 

    (or 1/4 of hip round + 1″)

    I-H – Height of the pyjama pants needed + 2 ” ( for top edge seam allowance & bottom hem)
    C-D = 1/3 of hip round + 3″
    Mark E 2 ” inside from D

    Mark I-B = C-E
    Mark A 3/4″ from I

    G-H = 9″ or whatever flair you want

    J = Mark 1″ diagonally from E and join B-D through J
    For Back leg pattern mark 1″ up from B to F ; Join A-F-B

    Join D-G with a slight curve 

    Cut the back leg pieces remove the two pieces, then cut the front leg pieces. 

    BACK LEG PATTERN – Cut along  A-F-D-G-H-C-A

    FRONT LEG PATTERN – Cut along A-B-D-G-H -C-A

    (Please note that the back leg pattern is slightly raised in the back center portion to accommodate the back depth)

    You need to cut out a waistband piece ( checkout the directions below) and some elastic. 

    How to sew Pajama Pants

    Step 1

    Cut out the pattern pieces

    You have 2 front leg pieces and 2 back leg pieces

    Ensure that you have cut the pieces from a central fold fabric piece so that the the pieces are mirror images. If you have fabric with no distinct right and wrong sides this doesnot matter, but you generally have fabrics with right sides and wrong sides so you have to be careful when you cut pieces so that you donot get 2 left front pieces or 2 right front pieces- which is a disaster I have made once or twice. You live and learn; rather cut and learn. 

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    Step 2

    Make pattern for the sash pocket. Keep the top of the pant front piece (outer seam) on an A4 paper some one -two inch from the top and side of the paper. Trace the outline of the top edge and side edge. Remove the paper. Mark the rest of the pocket fully on the paper. 

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    Complete the pocket pattern by curving the left side as in the picture below. Cut it out. This is the pattern for the pocket.

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    Step 3

    Cut out the pocket piece from the fabric. I have cut a contrasting piece. You can cut from the same pant fabric . Finish the edges with a zig zag stitch or overcast stitch or serger.

    Ensure that when you are cutting left and write pocket pieces they are mirror images ; and not the same. Just like for the pant pieces. You can get these by cutting fabric on fold. 


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    Step 4

    Prepare the pant pocket slash opening. For that you have to cut away the slash . Mark 1″ from the outer side edge of the front pant piece . Mark 5 inches down. Cut the slash. You can change the dimensions if you want a deeper or wider pocket; just ensure that the pocket piece will be extending atleast 2 inches from the slash opening.


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    Cut two fabric strips 1.5″ by length of the slash + 2 inches . Fold them by half and press.

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    Keep the piece on the slash opening from the right side, raw edges together. Stitch along the edge with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

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    Turn the binding to the wrong side. Pin in place and top stitch. Your slash opening facing is done

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    Step 5

    Keep the pocket piece right side up  behind the pant front piece and pin in place.

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    Step 6

    Mark the outline of the pocket piece on the top of the pant piece. Stitch from the top of the pant piece . This will join the pocket to the pant and complete the pocket construction


    Step 7

    Stitch the front leg piece and back leg piece outerseam, right sides together.

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    Step 8

    Join the Inseams of the legs, right sides together till the crotch line ( donot sew up the crotch line now). You now have two pant legs ready.

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    Step 9

    Join the crotch line of the pant piece.

    You can do this any way. I have inserted one leg inside the other, the outer leg is turned inside out and inner one right side out. Now the right sides are pressed together and the crotch seam is easily accessible to be stitched together


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    Now you have the pant ready

    Step 10

    Prepare the waistband. Measure the top edge of the pant piece. Add 1 inch . This is the length of the waistband piece you need. The width of the waist band piece should be double the width of the elastic you have + 1/4 inch ease + 1 inch seam allowance.

    Join piece together diagonally you donot have enough length.

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    Join the waistband edges together with 1/2 inch seam allowance. You have a tube which is your waistband. Snip the edges at the seam allowance as shown in the picture

    Step 11

    Join the waistband to the pants by keeping the tube wrong side up with the pants inserted inside. Join the raw edges. toether.

    Turn the waistband piece remaining edge to the other side. Pin in place, enclosing the fabric edges inside. Stitch from the right side –  so that the line doesn’t go wonky on the face of the pant. You can also stitch in the ditch. Actually I attempted to stitch n the ditch but sadly looks nothing like the ditch stitching.Leave a 1″ – 2″ opening n the back for inserting the elastic.



    The waist band is now in place.

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    Insert elastic inside the waistband with a pin. To know the length of  elastic you need measure the waist round and then minus 1″ . Or place the the elastic snugly around the waist.


    Sew up the elastic edges with a couple of zig zag stitches. Stitch the opening closed. 


    Step 12

    Hem the pants by blind stitch. Checkout the tutorial to make a blind stitch hem by hand and by machine. If you have a very deep hem it will be difficult to hem. So make no more than 1 ” deep hem turning.i.e 1.25 inch total for turning inside twice.


    A sleeveless top ( Free sewing pattern and tutorial) to go along with it. 

    sleeveless top pattern

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