I love wearing cute pajamas even if no one will see me in them… It’s kind of like wearing cute underwear right? I also love having super unique pjs that no one else will have and having fun with cute prints. DIY pajama shorts is my way of combining these two loves – it’s a cute, simple, and affordable DIY. Once you have the pattern perfected, you can make a whole bunch of adorable elastic shorts in no time at all!
My fabric only cost $2.50/yd – woohoo!
- Use a pair of elastic shorts to create your pattern pieces
- Front piece – Place the shorts with the front facing up. Fold in the elastic waistband, and find the crotch seam. Grab the crotch seam and pull, folding the shorts along the seams. Place down and trace, making sure to stretch the elastic out fully
- Back piece – Place the shorts with the back facing up. Fold in the elastic waistband, and again find the crotch seam. Grab the crotch seam and pull, folding the shorts along the seams. Place down and trace, making sure to stretch the elastic out fully.
- Place the two pieces side by side and cut out the fabric. Leave 1 in for seam allowance, and 2-3 inches at the top for the waistband
- Mark wear the waistband starts on the front piece’s curve. Sew completely up the back piece’s curve, but only up to the waistband mark for the front piece’s curve.
- Grab each piece of fabric in both hands at the middle of the waistband area, and pull apart. The fabric should separate to actually look like a pair of shorts! Sew up the crotch and hem the pant legs.
- Insert a piece of elastic, measured to waist. If you need help on inserting elastic, check out my tutorial here. Secure the two ends of the elastic together using a box stitch, and hand-sew close the opening.
- Add on a cute bow! I used ribbon to make my own bow, but you can always buy a pre-made bow if you like.
That’s it! Your super cute and comfy pj shorts are complete. Bring them to sleepovers, overnight trips, and your college dorm to show off your sewing skills to all of your friends 🙂