I put little gifts and things in the Advent calendar each day until the 24th. However, the 24th is always my special gift of handmade pajamas. Last year, I made Yoda pajamas that the boys loved. This year, I went more traditional, and made pajamas out of blue snowmen. I don’t use a commercial pattern. I take a pair of pajama pants that fit well, fold them, and copy them onto a sheet of freezer paper. Add about 1/2 inch for seam allowance, and add about 2.5 inches at the top for the waistband, and another 1.5 inches at the bottom for the hem. About. As you can maybe see in the picture below, the long straight side of the pattern is where you fold the fabric. Then you cut around the pattern, and make two of these.
When you sew up the pants, you put the two unfolded pieces together, right sides facing, and sew just along the line from crotch to waist for the front and back. I always use a triple stitch in the crotch/bum area to provide reinforcement. Then you open it up and you sew from the bottom of one leg, up through the crotch area, and down to the bottom of the other leg. Then, fold over your casing at the top for the elastic, sew around leaving a 2 inch opening to thread through the elastic, and then finish sewing up the waist after you thread through the elastic. I like to use 3/4 inch underwear/pajama elastic, and try to make the elastic casing so it just fits the elastic. If the casing is too large, then the elastic will roll within the casing when you wash them. I measured the boys’ waists, and then deducted about 5 inches and this is the piece of elastic that I cut. Then finish them off by hemming the legs.
I also added a little tag in the back with the size. I did this for two reasons, 1) they are exactly the same and this will make it easier to put them away in the drawers, and 2) it tells the boys which side is the back so they don’t put them on backwards. I used some 1/2 inch twill tape, wrote the size number on it with a fabric marker, and then sewed it on the back. You can see the stitches through the fabric in the back where I sewed on the tape, but I don’t particularly care. They are pajamas after all.
I bought long sleeved white t-shirts, and embellished them with the snowmen from the flannel fabric that I used to make the pants. I appliqued these on the front using these steps:
1) Iron a piece of Heat and Bond Lite onto a small square of fabric larger than the picture that you will cut out.
2) Cut around the picture, leaving about a 1/4 inch all the way around.
3) Peel off the backing paper, place on your shirt, and iron onto your shirt using the instructions for the Heat and Bond.
4) Change the needle in your machine to a ball point needle if you are sewing the applique onto a knit fabric.
5) Place a piece of tear-away/wash-away stabilizer behind the applique and begin stitching around the outside of the picture using a tight zig-zag stitch. The stabilizer helps the fabric from puckering.
6) Tear away the stabilizer when you are done!
We had a fun Christmas Eve! The hubby made paella for dinner. Yum! We like to have lobster for Christmas Eve dinner, but we decide to switch it up with the paella (no worries, there were 2 lobsters in there!).
Then we watched a little NORAD Santa-tracking on the computer, went outside to spread around some reindeer food, and went to bed to wait for Santa. Another lovely Christmas Eve!