I was cleaning out my linen closet the other night and I had a stack of IKEA sheets that my kids no longer use.I was going to just trash them because they were worn so thin, and it wouldn’t be much of a goodwill to drop these off.I was thinking what a waste that was while carrying them down the stairs and then it hit me, wow these are really soft still and would be perfect pajamas.Think about it. What could be better than sleeping in cozy soft sheets?I used the pillow case and whipped my daughter up an easy little night gown, literally cut out a neck and arms and hemmed them under. I took in the neck a bit in the front and back with a little elastic so that it would still fit over her head but not fall off her shoulders and hers was done.Then I went to work making each of my boys a pair of pants.Just in case you have never made pajama pants before, they really couldn’t be easier. I whipped up these two pairs in about an hour and the boys wore them to bed that night. They are not perfect by any means, but they’re pajamas and the kids love them, they keep them cool and they are really soft and worn.Here is a little picture tutorial on how to make them, I’ll keep my instructions short and sweet since the pictures pretty much show you all you need to know…#1-Use the hem of the sheet to your advantage-your pants are already hemmed the second you pull out your sheet.
#2-Fold sheet over, use a pair of pants or shorts to use for a pattern (be less lazy than me and iron the sheet if you want) cut about 2 inches higher than the waistband and give yourself some room for a seam allowance, cut 2 of these.
#3- You will then have 2 pieces like this. Sew up the legs to the beginning of the curve on each piece. Then once you have each leg sewed, you put them back in this shape, pin together if you want, or don’t like me, and sew around the curve on each side.
#5-Sew around the waistband leaving a small space open
#6-Use elastic (a little smaller than your child’s waist so that it will stretch) on a safety pin to pull through or you could use a ribbon or something else to make a drawstring (You would just have to tie them inside, or you could be super crafty and make button holes for the string to come out the front, but I was not that ambitious at my kids’ bedtime). #7-Use the safety pin to hold the elastic in place while you sew a square around the elastic keeping it in place and closing up the hole that you left.
So go clean out your linen closet, pull out your worn out sheets that nobody uses anymore…you know you have some…and make you or your kids some cozy pj pants.
I had my mom clean out hers too, she brought me some yummy mint and pink plaid flannel sheets that I will be making into some cozy pj’s for me and my daughter, yippee!