Take a break from decking the halls by decking out your family in holiday loungewear. These comfy bottoms will turn even the the biggest bah-humbug into a Holiday Cheermeister. Whether you’re dressing up for holiday pictures or cuddling up around the tree, PJs are a must. Check out the instructions below–we’re using Sprout Patterns’ Jasper pattern (for the guy in your life), but check out the Lucy pattern for a slimmer, ladies cut, and the Baby Leggings pattern for little ones. You can even get a coat for the dog! Love the look but hate sewing? Check out Sprout’s White Glove service, to get a professional to stitch up your pants for a little bit extra.
If you’re more of a visual learner, click here to watch the video tutorial as Spoonflower team member Tim stitches up a custom pair in no time!
What you’ll need for the project:
- Your Sprout Patterns Jasper pattern
- Twill tape or elastic for the waistband /drawstring
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine and/or serger
- Front pant leg (2)
- Back pant leg (2)
- Waistband (2)
- Fly facing
Let the tutorial begin!
If you are using a drawstring, you will stitch 2 buttonholes (to reinforce your fabric, interfacing at the buttonholes is optional) that are ¼” taller than the width of your twill tape on your front waistband piece. To determine the location of the buttonholes, measure ¾” up from the bottom edge at each of the two notches on the front waistband piece. These will be the openings where the drawstring comes out and ties. IF YOU ARE USING ELASTIC, DO NOT STITCH BUTTON HOLES INTO THE WAISTBAND.
Edge finish the side seams, waistband, top, inseam, and crotch on all pieces using a serger or a zigzag stitch. Only edge finish the fly on the LEFT pant leg, leaving the fly on the RIGHT pant leg unfinished. Do not edge finish the leg hem.
On the LEFT FRONT pant leg, snip the ½” seam allowance at the bottom of the fly.
Fold the fly on the LEFT pant leg over at the crotch so that the wrong sides are together and stitch down using ¼” seam allowance along the curve of the fly.
Stitch the fly facing to the fly on the RIGHT pant leg using a ¼” seam allowance. Clip along the curve in the seam allowance of the fly facing up to the stitch line. This allows the seam to lie flat. Snip the ½” seam allowance at the bottom of the fly. Turn the fly right side out and press.
Topstitch down along the straight edge of your right pant leg and fly facing. Then, place the front leg and back leg together so that right sides are together and pin. Stitch the inseams and side seams of both legs and press the seams open.
Turn one of the pant legs inside out. Insert the right side out pant leg into the inside out pant leg so that right sides are together.
Match up the center back waist, side seam, inseam, and fly and pin in place. Stitch the crotch seam from the bottom of the fly all the way around to the center back waist. Match up the center front from the top of the fly to the top edge and pin in place. Stitch and press seams open.
Line up the left and right fly so that the side with the fly facing (RIGHT side) laps behind the left side and the two sides meet up at center front. Stitch across the fly 1” above the bottom of the fly. At the seam, pivot your fabric 900 while the needle is down, and sew straight down to meet the stitch at the bottom of the fly.
Elastic Waistband: Stitch the front and back waistband pieces, right sides together, at the side seams. Fold the waistband so that the wrong sides are together and press. Unfold.
Fold the waistband in half. Pin the waistband and pants right sides together, aligning the lower edges of the waistband with the top edge of the pants. Make sure the buttonholes are facing the front center of your pants. Stitch the waistband to the pants.
Drawstring: Poke a safety pin through one side of you twill tape, and insert the pin into one of your drawstring holes. Alternate scrunching the fabric up and pulling it the pin along. Pull the tape through the other hole, unhook the pin, and hem the pants to the desired length. Congrats, you’re done!