How to Make Fuzzy, Cozy Pajamas Out of a $16 Walmart Blanket

by Somethingflava
10 Materials
2 Hours

In this fun tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make pajamas! They're fuzzy, cozy, and super-warm - the perfect DIY pajama set to add to your collection.

Also, you won’t need to venture out and buy fabric for this; you can pop into Walmart and buy a large fuzzy blanket! Pretty cool, right? Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Blanket (100% polyester)
  • Sewing machine
  • Overlocker
  • Ruler
  • Pins or clips
  • Safety pin
  • Scissors
  • Matching thread
  • Elastic
  • Sweatpants and sweatshirt
Tracing around a sweatshirt for the pattern

1. Cut the DIY pajama top

Fold your blanket and lay your favorite sweatshirt on top. Cut around the outline of the sweatshirt, so you have front and back pieces. 

Cutting out the pajama top pattern

After cutting one side, fold it in half and cut around to make sure both sides are equal. 

Tracing the sleeves

For the sleeves, fold the fabric and cut the bottom so the top is on the fold. 

Cutting out the sleeve pattern

Fold the shirt over to cut the shoulder and armhole area. 

Using the first sleeve to cut out the second

Use the first sleeve as a template to cut the second. 

Cutting the front neckline to make it lower

Fold the front bodice and cut the neckline to make it lower. 

Pinning the neckline

Sewing the neckline

2. Assemble the top

Hem the neckline’s raw edge by folding it over once. Repeat for the back neckline. 

Use a double overlock stitch when sewing the DIY pajama set. If your machine doesn’t have this setting, sew a straight stitch and go back with a zigzag stitch. 

Sewing the shoulder seams

Place both pieces on top of each other, right sides facing, and sew the shoulder seams. 

Pinning the sleeves to the armholes

Open the bodice and pin the sleeves to the armholes, aligning the seams as needed. 

Sewing the sleeves

Sew to secure and repeat on the other side. 

How to make a pajama top

Align everything inside out. Attach the rest of the top by sewing the sleeves and sides. 

Tracing sweatpants for the pattern

3. Cut the pajama pants

Take your best-fitting sweatpants and lay them out on your folded fabric. Add a generous seam allowance. Use that as a template to cut the front of your pants. 

Adjusting the crotch for the back

Use the front to cut out the back part of the pants, but cut the crotch area about an inch lower and outward. This will allow for more room for the back side’s curvature. 

Folding fabric for the pockets

For the pockets, fold your fabric twice so you end up with four pieces. 

Cutting out a pocket shape

I cut a pocket shape freehand, as shown. 

Sewing the crotch of the pajama pants

4. Sew the crotch

Now, I’m going to show you how to sew pajama pants. First up, sew the crescent moon part of both the front and back pieces (crotch areas). 

Positioning the pockets

5. Sew the pockets

Measure 4½ inches down from the tops of your pants (you’ll need room for the elastic waistband). Then, pin your pockets on either side, right sides facing. Also, the pocket should be facing down.

Pinning the pockets

Pin the other two pockets to the second piece the same way you did like the first. 

Sewing the pockets

Sew along all for pocket’s sides to secure. 

Topstitching the pockets

Once the pockets are attached, flip them and topstitch them down. Make sure the seam underneath is being sewn towards the pocket. 

Sewing the legs

6. Sew the outer side seams

Lay both the front and back pieces on top of each other, right sides facing. Align the pockets, too.

Sew down an inch into the pocket area. Lift up the presser foot to readjust and sew around the pockets. Then, backstitch above the bottom part of the pocket (also about an inch up) and sew all the way down the leg area. 

How to sew pajama pants

Make sure to pass the pocket on the top and bottom. 

Sewing the inseams

7. Sew the inseams

Clip down the inner leg seams and sew to secure. Ensure that you start from the crotch down. 

Folding over the top for the waistband

8. Make the waistband

Fold the top over by about 4 inches. 

Sewing the elastic casing

Sew down the edge. Leave a gap to be able to pull the elastic through. 

Inserting the elastic for the waist

Measure the elastic around your waist and cut. Attach a safety pin to one end and feed it through the gap. Pull the safety pin and scrunch up the fabric, so it goes all the way around. 

Sewing the ends of the elastic together

Sew both elastic ends together really well. 

Closing the gap in the waistband

Now, sew the gap in the waistband closed. 

How to make pajamas

How to make pajamas out of a blanket

Boom! Our cozy DIY pajama set is ready! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make pajamas. It’s pretty easy, and the DIY pajama sewing pattern is straightforward, too.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Blanket (100% polyester)
  • Sewing machine
  • Overlocker
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