Girl’s Pajama Pattern & Tutorial

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Do your kids seem to grow out of their clothes every few months? We can help! Today, I’m going to show you this Free Girl’s Pajama Pattern & Tutorial! My kids seem to grow about 4 inches a year when they are young. It’s hard to get good use out of their clothes for very long. I pulled out last year’s pajamas and they were too small for my daughter. Therefore, I decided it was time for a fun and cute sewing project. This girl’s pajama pattern is in size 4T, but if you need a different size we have an entire article dedicated to pattern grading, how to scale a pattern up and down. This is a very fun pattern to sew. The little girl in your life will love some pajamas custom-made just for her.  I love making clothes for my kids, don’t you? They are unique and one of a kind. I don’t have to worry about my kids being between sizes or not fitting certain dimensions. Those are all things you can account for with this free printable sewing pattern. This is one of those projects that would make a cute gift for friends and family as well. I contacted some parents of my daughter’s other friends and made them all a matching pair. So cute!

girls pajamas top photo

So, pick out some cute fabric and gather your supplies from the list below to get started on this fun sewing project!

Girl's Pajama Pattern & Tutorial

What You’ll Need:

How To Sew Girl’s Pajamas With Free Pattern

girl's pajama pattern

The first step in this girl’s pajama pattern tutorial is to wash, dry, and iron your fabric. I like doing this with all my clothing sewing projects as it makes the fabric soft and acts as a preshrink for when you wash these pajamas later. Once you have done that, print your pajama pattern at 100% or full size.  Don’t shrink to fit the page.  Make sure the test square measures 1″.  Assemble the pattern according to the directions in the pattern download.  Tape it all together, then cut it out.

cut out fabric

Next, cut out your pattern pieces from your fabric.  I used my main fabric for the bodice of the shirt and the shorts waistband and leg bands.  I used the coordinating fabric for the arms and neckband of the shirt, as well as the main fabric on the shorts.

sew bodice at shoulder seams

Now we can start sewing.  First of all, you can use a serger or sewing machine.  If you use a sewing machine, use your zigzag stitch.  Sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance unless told otherwise.  Take your two bodice pieces and place them right sides together.  Sew or serge the shoulders.

open bodice to add shoulder pieces to girl's pajamas

Next on this how to make girl’s pajamas pattern tutorial, open your bodice with the right side facing up so we can add the shoulders.

line up seams shoulder pieces

On your shoulder pattern template, there are markings that you need to put on your fabric piece (I forgot to put them on mine).  These will show you where to match up the sleeve to your bodice.  Then find the middle of the shoulder by folding it in half and mark it.  Put your shoulder pieces on top of your bodice so right sides are facing together.  It’s going to look like they don’t line up.  Don’t worry, they will.  Match up the middle marking on the shoulder of the sleeve with the seam of the bodice shoulders.

pin shoulder pieces in place on girl's pajamas

Start pulling the raw edge of the shoulder piece to the raw edge of the bodice arm hole.  Use wonder clips or pins to clip them in place.  If you matched up the marking on the sleeve to the armhole of the bodice, there should be about two inches of the sleeve on either side that is not clipped because that will be the underarm of the sleeve.  In the image below you can see a tiny pencil marking next to the purple clip on the right.  That matches up with the armhole of my bodice.

underside of shoulder seam

This is what it looks like underneath.

serge seams of shoulder pieces

Now on this girl’s pajama pattern tutorial, serge or sew the seam of the shoulder.  Notice I did not sew the last two inches of the sleeve on either side.  I just sewed where the bodice and sleeve were clipped together.

turn girls pajama shirt right side out

Now if you turn it right side out, it’s starting to look like a shirt!

turn inside out and sew down from sleeve to hem

Turn your shirt inside out and serge or sew from the edge of your sleeve, under the armpit, and all the way down to the bottom of your shirt on both sides.

to add neckband for pajamas, fold piece in half right sides together & sew short ends

Now we add the neckband.  Fold your band in half and serge or sew the open end shut. We are about halfway through this girl’s pajama pattern tutorial!

fold neckband in half right side out &  mark into quarters. Do same for neck of bodice & pin together

Then fold the band in half with the right side out to make a folded tube.  Mark the four quarters of the neckband with pins.  Mark the four quarters of the neck of the bodice with pins also.

Now you want to place the neckband on top of the shirt, matching the raw edges together.  Match the pins of the band to the pins of the bodice.  You may notice the neckband is a little smaller than the neck hole in the bodice and that’s on purpose.  Now serge or sew the raw edges together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  As you do this you want to stretch the fabric of the neckband since the neckband is smaller than the neck hole.  This will allow the fabric to line up as your sewing it together.  Here is a YouTube video that can help illustrate how to find the quarter marks on the neckband and shirt and how to sew it all together.

serge sleeves & hem of pajamas

If you are using a serger, serge your sleeves and the bottom hem.  If you are using a sewing machine, leave your edges raw.

fold hem of pajama shirt 1/2" & pin

Fold the hem of your sleeves and hem of your shirt under a half inch and clip in place. 

sew hem

Next on this girl’s pajama pattern tutorial, use a twin needle on your sewing machine to top-stitch and create the hem.  I use the right side of my sewing foot as my guide at the folded end of the hem.

sew pajama shorts pieces together along  top curve

Now we can start on the shorts.  Take your two main pieces and place them right sides together with the longer curve at the top.  Serge or zigzag stitch the top curve only.

fold so seam you made in in middle of shorts. Sew crotch starting at inside leg

Open up the pattern and fold it the opposite way so the two seams you just made are now lined up in the middle.  Serge or zigzag stitch the crotch shut starting at the inside of one leg and going around to the inside of the other leg.

fold pajama shorts waistband & leg pieces & sew at short ends

Now on this how to make girl’s pajamas pattern tutorial, take your waistband and leg band and sew the ends together to make a tube-like you did with the neckband.  Make sure they are folded width-wise with right sides together.

pin waistband pieces to main pajama shorts piece

Fold your bands in half length-wise to make a folded tube so the right side is facing out.  Find the quarter marks for the bands and the waist and legs of the shorts.

repeat for leg band pieces

Place the bands on the outside of the shorts, matching up the raw edges and the pins.  I match the seam of the leg bands with the inner seam of the shorts.  This is just like the neckband we did on the shirt.

sew everything in place

The leg bands are slightly smaller than the shorts legs.  Sew the leg bands on, with a 1/4″ seam allowance, while stretching your fabric slightly so it all matches up as we did on the neck band.  Sew on the waist band, but leave a 2″ opening for the elastic. Here is what it looks like after you sewed the bands on.

measure child's waistband & cut elastic for pajama shorts. Insert into waistband & sew elastic at short ends

Now on this girl’s pajama pattern tutorial, measure your child’s waist and cut your elastic 2″ shorter.  Feed the elastic through your casing.  I do this by putting a safety pin on one end of the elastic so I have something hard to hold onto and can push it through the casing. After the elastic is pulled through, overlap the ends by 1″ and zigzag stitch it together.  Then close your opening in your casing by sewing it shut.

finished girl's pajamas

Finally, you want to top-stitch around your neck line and leg bands about 1/8″ from the seam as shown in the photo below and in the video I referenced above. 

finished girl's pajamas worn

That’s it! You’re all done with this girl’s pajama pattern tutorial! How cute!  I think she is going to love it!

If you liked this girl’s pajama pattern tutorial, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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Girl's Pajama Pattern & Tutorial

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Sew cute pajamas for your kids with this free sewing pattern and tutorial. So fun and you can make them fit just right!

Active Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Difficulty Moderate
Estimated Cost $15.00

Instructions

  1. Wash and iron your fabric.
  2. Print your pajama pattern.
  3. Assemble the pattern according to the directions in the pattern download.  Tape it all together, then cut it out.
  4. Cut out your pattern pieces from your fabric. 
  5. Take your two bodice pieces and place them right sides together.  Sew or serge the shoulders.
  6. Now open your bodice with the right side facing up so we can add the shoulders.
  7. On your shoulder pattern template, there are markings that you need to put on your fabric piece.  These will show you where to match up the sleeve to your bodice.  Then find the middle of the shoulder by folding it in half and mark it. 
  8. Put your shoulder pieces on top of your bodice so right sides are facing together.  Match up the middle marking on the shoulder of the sleeve with the seam of the bodice shoulders.
  9. Start pulling the raw edge of the shoulder piece to the raw edge of the bodice armhole.  Use wonder clips or pins to clip them in place. 
  10. Now serge or sew the seam of the shoulder. 
  11. Turn your shirt inside out and serge or sew from the edge of your sleeve, under the armpit, and all the way down to the bottom of your shirt on both sides.
  12. For the neckband, fold your band in half and serge or sew the open end shut.
  13. Then fold the band in half with the right side out to make a folded tube.  Mark the four quarters of the neck band with pins.  Mark the four quarters of the neck of the bodice with pins also.
  14. Now you want to place the neck band on top of the shirt, matching the raw edges together.  Match the pins of the band to the pins of the bodice. 
  15. Now serge or sew the raw edges together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. 
  16. If you are using a serger, serge your sleeves and the bottom hem.  If you are using a sewing machine, leave your edges raw.
  17. Fold the hem of your sleeves and hem of your shirt under a half inch and clip in place. 
  18. Use a twin needle on your sewing machine to top-stitch and create the hem. 
  19. Now we can start on the shorts.  Take your two main pieces and place them right sides together with the longer curve at the top.  Serge or zigzag stitch the top curve only.
  20. Open up the pattern and fold it the opposite way so the two seams you just made are now lined up in the middle. 
  21. Serge or zigzag stitch the crotch shut starting at the inside of one leg and going around to the inside of the other leg.
  22. Take your waistband and leg band and sew the ends together to make a tube-like you did with the neckband.  Make sure they are folded width-wise with right sides together.
  23. Fold your bands in half length-wise to make a folded tube so the right side is facing out.  Find the quarter marks for the bands and the waist and legs of the shorts.
  24. Place the bands on the outside of the shorts, matching up the raw edges and the pins. 
  25. The leg bands are slightly smaller than the shorts legs.  Sew the leg bands on, with a 1/4″ seam allowance, while stretching your fabric slightly so it all matches up, like we did on the neckband. 
  26. Sew on the waistband, but leave a 2″ opening for the elastic.
  27. Measure your child’s waist and cut your elastic 2″ shorter.  Feed the elastic through your casing. 
  28. After the elastic is pulled through, overlap the ends by 1″ and zigzag stitch it together.  Then close your opening in your casing by sewing it shut.
  29. Finally, you want to top-stitch around your neckline and leg bands about 1/8″ from the seam as shown in the photo below and in the video I referenced above. 
  30. You’re all done!

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