Tuesday, December 6

TUTORIAL: DIY Boys Pajama Pants - How to Add Pockets.

Hi! Today, I'm going to show you how to add pockets to a plain pajama pants pattern.

  • sewing machine.
  • pajama pant pattern.
  • scissors.
  • a pen.
  • fabric for pants, according to pattern.
  • fabric for pockets. (the size will vary depending on the size you're making, but shouldn't be more than a fat quarter.)
  • paper for pattern-making. (this can be anything, even newspaper.)
  • coordinating thread.
  • a wooden skewer, crochet hook, or other tool of the shape.
  • an iron.

  1. Follow instructions for pants pattern up to the construction of the waist and hem.
  2. Draw a pattern for pockets. Make sure to include enough fabric for 1/4 inch seam. Cut out the pattern you just made and lay it over fabric to be sure you like the size.
  3. Pin the pattern to the pocket fabric and cut out 4 pockets.
  4. To make pockets, take two of the pocket pieces and lay one on top of the other, right sides facing each other. Do this again with the two remaining pieces.
  5. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam all the way around the pocket, leaving the top open.
  6. Now you are going to turn the pocket right side out. You can use the wooden skewer or crochet hook to assist you.
  7. Next, iron the pockets and pin to the front of the pants.
  8. Stitch as close as you can to the edge of the fabric leaving the opening for the pocket, open. (as shown in photo below).
  9. Continue on with the instructions listed on the pants pattern to construct waist and hem.
  10. Yay! You did it!

Go here to see the first pair. If you have any questions at all, please comment or email me.

[by the way... you have no idea how long I had to chase Ethum around the house to get that last photo. ahh!]

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