Pajama Pants Pattern

Who doesn’t love a pair of cozy pajama pants? Perfect for lounging around the house, PJ bottoms are my go-to for lazy weekends. This pattern is very simple to make up, and the pants feature a comfortable elastic waistband and cute cuffs on the bottom. Try making the cuffs in a contrasting fabric for an extra cute factor!

Related Video: How to Make Pajama Pants

All seam allowances are 1⁄2″ throughout the pattern, except where noted.

Supplies Needed:

  • 2-5/8 yards fabric for pants
  • ¼ yard contrasting fabric for cuff
  • ¾” elastic for waistband (as needed for waist measurement)
  • Pattern: click here to download

Pattern printing instructions: Download and print out all pattern pieces. All sizes are included on the pattern; simply follow the size line of your choice when cutting out the pattern. To tape the pattern pieces together, lay the printed pages next to each other, not overlapping, and align the marks and corresponding numbers. For example, the ‘1’ on Front page 1 should match up with the ‘1’ on Front page 2.

Pattern Sizing Information:

  • Small: waist (24″-25″), hip (33″-35″)
  • Medium: waist (26”- 28”), hip (36”- 38”)
  • Large: waist (29”- 32”), hip (39”- 42”)
  • X Large: waist (41”- 44”), hip (43”-46”)

Sewing the Legs

Step 1: After cutting out your pieces, find a front leg and a back leg and match them right sides together along the long edge. Sew together.

Step 2: Finish the seam allowance by running it through a serger, or sewing a zig zag stitch down the seam allowance.

Step 3: Now match the short sides of the legs (keep in mind you will have to pull the front over so they line up), pin, sew, and finish that edge as well.

Step 4: Repeat this process with the other leg!

Sewing the Legs Together

Step 5: Turn one finished leg right side out, and stuff it into the other leg, matching up the seams at both sides (the right sides should be together).

Step 6: Match the seams, and pin all along the curved inseam. (Not the waist!)

Step 7: Sew the U-shaped inseam, and finish the seam allowance with a serger or zig zag.

Step 8: Pull the one leg back out of the other, and flip them right side out. They should look like pants!

Creating the Waistband

Step 9: Fold the waist down ½” all the way around the top of the pants, pressing as you go.

Step 10: Then, fold the pants down another 1”, pressing and pinning as you go. This 1” channel will hold the ¾” elastic once sewn.

Step 11: Place a pin sideways to remind yourself to leave a hole for the elastic to go in.

Step 12: Stitch very close to the inside folded edge to create the channel! Don’t forget to backstitch at either end of the elastic opening, but don’t sew it shut!

Step 13: Pinning one end of the elastic to the pants (so it doesn’t slip too far in as you pull), place a safety pin on the other end, and thread it all the way around the waist through the channel until it comes out the other side.

Step 14: Pull some slack in the elastic, and overlap the edges ½” (being careful not to twist!), then sew a zig zag stitch all the way down the overlapped elastic, then backstitch all the way back to the beginning. This will secure your elastic waist into place!

Step 15: Tuck the elastic into the channel, and finish stitching the hole closed.

Sewing the Cuff

Step 16: Fold the cuff in half (hamburger style) so the short edges are matched with right sides together.

Step 17: Sew the short sides together, and press the seam open.

Step 18: Turn the pants wrong side out, and place the cuff inside the pant leg at the ankle so the right sides are together. I like to put the seam on the cuff to match the seam on the inside of the leg.

Step 19: Sew together, finish your seam with a serger or a zig zag stitch, and then press the seam down toward the cuff.

Step 20: Fold the bottom of the cuff up ½” (as you did with the waist). In this picture, I have finished the edge, so I did not fold the ½”. You do not need to finish this edge; simply fold it over ½”, then when you fold it over again, it will hide the raw edge.

Step 21: When you are pinning the inside of the cuff upward to the pant leg, make sure that your cuff is covering the seam that has sewn your cuff to the pants! This way, you will not miss the cuff edge in the next step.

Also, be sure to put the pins perpendicular to the seam since you will not be able to see them, as you will be sewing on the front side!

Step 22: Gently turn the pants inside out, trying not to stab yourself with all of the pins.

Step 23: Stitch (using a 3.5” stitch length) on the cuff fabric very close to the pant leg. This will catch the folded over cuff on the underside, and hold it in place!

And there you have it! Now pop a bowl of popcorn, grab your favorite movie or book, and tuck in for a cozy evening in your new PJ pants!

To follow along in the making of this project, check out Aurora’s related video: How to Make Pajama Pants

Happy sewing!

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55 Responses to “Pajama Pants Pattern”
  1. Marianne

    Great! But I would like to learn to draft the pattern to my own measurements. Thanks

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  2. Tammie

    Excellent instruction! I Would like to add two or three ruffles to the bottom what is your suggestion?

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  3. Sandra

    This was a great help as I used a pair of my pajama’s to draft a pattern from but I found this video very helpful in what steps to make when sewing them up. Thank you

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Patricia,

      A 5/8″ seam allowance should be used with this pattern.

      Cheers,
      Ashley NSC Video Membership

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      • Ashley

        Correction! I meant to say that a 1/2″ seam allowance should be used. Sorry for any confusion!

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Jaya,
      We are sorry to hear you are having issues downloading this pattern. Please check your e-mail, we have sent you an alternative link.
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      Hallie NSC Video Membership

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  4. Patti

    Could you save a step by sewing the contrasting cuff on by folding it in half after making the seam in step 16 and 17 and sewing through all three layers at once (pant leg and both layers of the cuff)? This would eliminate the need for turning up the cuff and sewing as shown in step 23. I think I’ll try it that way. Thanks for the pattern and instructions. Looks like a fun project.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi,
      Yes you could definitely do the stitching as you just described. The main reason why the cuff was not originally constructed like that is due to us wanting to attach the cuff to the pant leg using a construction stitch of 2.5 and then once it is folded and pinned in place the stitching done to hold it (that is seen on the outside of the pant leg) is a longer stitch length of 3.5. If you do decide to attach the cuff as you described, I would do the stitching using a construction stitch length and just be extra careful that I am stitching in a straight line.
      Hope this helps!
      Cheers,
      Ashley

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  5. Kathy

    Just wondering can this be made out of fleece. And put elastic in ankles to make as sweat pants?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi,
      Yes, you can absolutely do that- and that sounds like a wonderfully cozy idea!
      Cheers,
      Ashley

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    • Customer Service

      Hi,
      1/2″
      Sorry for any confusion created by my original wrong answer!
      Cheers,
      Ashley

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  6. Sharon Leigh Crawford

    When I print the written instructions for the pattern, some parts are left out. For example, part of the Printing Pattern Directions does not print. Also, Steps 12, 15 and 16 are left out. The pattern states the seam allowance is 1/2″, but in one of your customer service answers, you say 5/8″. I really want to enjoy this pattern – hope you can help me.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Sharon,

      The printing issue is a setting within your printer. Please try adjusting your printer settings and try printing again.

      Thanks
      Becky NSC Video Membership

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      • Sharon Leigh Crawford

        Becky, Thanks for the printing info; I got it to print correctly. Can you verify the correct seam allowance? Thanks!

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        • Customer Service

          Hi!

          Yes, thank you for pointing this out! It is a 1/2″ seam allowance that should be used. I am simply used to always saying 5/8″ seam allowance when it comes to garment construction. I apologize for any confusion- and again, thank you for bringing this to my attention.

          Cheers!

          Ashley

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  7. Lorraine Rice

    Is it possible to have the option at the end to print a PDF on the how-to instructions?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Lorraine,

      We appreciate your feedback and it has been forwarded to the proper department. Your comments are important to us and help with the development of new programs and offers. We will continue to listen and work hard for your complete satisfaction.

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      Becky NSC Video Membership

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Tina, thank you for pointed out this error, we have passed it along to the proper department to be fixed.

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  8. Stefani

    I’m about to start on these but the pattern pieces look huge based on the measurements suggested. For example Large says a waist of 29 – 32″ but the actually pattern waist seems to measure around 48″ which of course would be huge.

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  9. Elizabeth

    I think each pattern should have the web page information on it so that we can continue to come back here to do it again. I might not get around to making it for months and then won’t be able to remember which pattern it was. It shouldn’t be hard to add inside the pattern somewhere the name of the pattern and the whole web address to get back to this page.

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  10. Rene Henry

    I really like ideas..New sewer must be given all details….you can’t assume that we know.Like how to serge…( give the setting on the machine etc.) I very new to sewing, and I need everything in detail. (Very simple details)! thanks.

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  11. Dolores Olsen

    I cannot understand how to put the paper pattern together/ are the noses of the arrows supposed to touch and are the lines supposed to link to each other and do I just cut off the broken lines
    her

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  12. whitemarlece

    Thank you for the pajama pattern, I am soon to sew up a few sets for myself, thank you for the quick course

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  13. Rachel Wooldridge Lewter

    My first time to the site and I’m loving everything I see. I haven’t sewn anything for the past few years. What type fabric should I use for the PJ’s? I guess the most forgiving and ease of sewing.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  14. Jane

    Looking forward to making this. Is the pattern designed for letter size paper. We work on A4 here in the UK. Is it possible to print a check test square please? Thanks

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  15. MAUREEN

    For pajama pants I like to add a side pocket in the right side seam, it makes it easier to identify the front from the back when I pull them out of the drawer.

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  16. Marilyn Kindl

    Sew each leg seam “from the crotch to the bottom” so you do not stretch the bias near the crotch. Directional stitching is “from the widest to the narrowest”.

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  17. Olivia Costalez

    I have been wanting to make matching pajamas for Christmas and this is the perfect pattern to pair up with a t-shirt. Thanks for the pattern!!

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  18. Karen W

    Thank you for the pattern. I’ve made pjs for years, but I like to do the inside seams on legs & center “crotch’ seams before the outer leg seams. I find it easier to manipulate on the machine. I also like elastic waist, but put it with a drawstring, using only half of the elastic normally called for (1″ non-roll elastic) & on the ends attach 1” wide grosgrain ribbon for ties. I add a buttonhole at the center-front, on top of the seam allowance (this makes for a reinforced hole & stitches down the seam allowance, to make it easier to thread ribbon through). You normally would put it below the fold-line for the waist, showing on the front, but some like the drawstrings on the inside – your choice. Anchor at the back seam, as the instructions stated, but not sewn into the seam (I thread through the casing after it is constructed. I put fray check on the ribbon ends, to keep from unraveling. The contrasting cuff is a cute option.
    )

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    • Betty

      That’s the way I see PJ pants Front and back seams first and pockets before anything! Sew pocket and top stitch on outside makes it easier. I just use an old pair of pajama bottoms that fit well . Cut off for shorts in summer with contrast on bottom.!!too cute

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  19. JANE

    Hi. Trying to print out pattern. Is it for letter or A4? Is it possible to put a sized reference square in it please so that I can check it’s the right size print? Thanks.

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    • chapman.di

      I am having to purchase a non metric tape measure from UK as we are all metric. No problem as my cutting area has been taken over. We also use A4 paper so that could make a huge difference. Can you give a reference so we know we are using the correct settings. Thanks.

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      • chapman.di

        I have had a sheet of the pattern printed out for me on a US printer and then compared it to an A4 printer sheet (same page). Neither printer could be assessed for accuracy as you have not put a standard 4″ square for adjustment. The difference in sizing on page one is 1/2″ in width and 3/4 in length. That is probably wrong (as no checking available BUT it does mean that non USA users will get a badly sized pattern). I will have to print it out and then compare my measurements carefully. I don’t have a cutting table to use at the moment so it will have to wait but a warning to anyone using any PDF pattern who does not have a US printer.

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      Dear Linda,

      Thank you for contacting us. Please follow the instructions to download the pattern.

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  20. yodaspunky3

    I needed help and this instruction was perfect! Is their video or instruction for pajama tops and sleeveless arm? And no collar, just scoop neck??

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  21. Teresa

    NB Ticket 19609 What is the general inseam length(how determined) for these? Trying to make for taller person and wanting to find out how much to add before cutting. Thank you

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Teresa,

      Thank you for your patience. In regards to your question-

      Here is a great article on how to determine your inseam measurement based on your height:

      http://searchbyinseam.com/MeasureMyInseam

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