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Sew Women's Pajamas from a Newspaper Pattern

You can save money and sew women’s pajamas from a newspaper pattern. Go out and get yourself a few yards of a cotton-polyester blend or rayon, then come home a make a pair of pajamas for each day of the week, and spend less than you would if you were to go out and buy them. Instead of spending $15 or $20 dollars for one pair of pajamas, you can spend that much on material and make at least 5 or 6 pairs.

It pays to spend your money wisely, and if you can sew and make some of the items you need, why not try it. Take your sewing machine out of dry-dock, and give these pajamas a go. They are simple, they are easy, and they are quick. If you use a material that breaths and will keep you cool, you’ll be able to sleep in comfort with 6 pairs of pj’s.

The pattern is the same for a child’s top and shorts. The only thing that changes will be the size, and probably the type of material you use. So why not make pajamas for the whole family. The generic outfit would work for young boys, girls and you. I don’t think your husband would want pajamas made this way, but your children would be delighted if the material had their favorite designs on it.

Why not use a themed pattern of their favorite cartoon character or super hero, and surprise them when they get home. The material for all of you should be relatively inexpensive, and all you will need are the items listed below!

Newspaper Pattern for Women PajamasSewing Items You Will Need:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Straight Edge
  • Straight Pins
  • Black Marker
  • Sample Sleeveless Top (Optional)
  • Sample Pair of Shorts (Optional)

Sewing Accessories:

3/4 Inch Elastic

How Many Pattern Pieces:

1 Top Front
1 Top Back
2 Short Fronts
2 Short Backs
1 Front Neck Facing
1 Back Neck Facing
4 Armhole Facings (2 Back and 2 Front)


1. Spread out your newspaper and make sure it is smooth. If necessary, iron out all the folds and creases.

2. Either draw the pattern pieces as you see them on the drawing diagram with this article, or place your sample top and shorts on the newspaper, and trace around them. Be sure to leave at least 1/2 inch from the edge for your sewing line.

3. For your armhole and neck facings, all you have to do is use the sample to determine how long your facings need to be, including the 1/2 inch left for sewing. The width doesn’t matter, because you will be hemming them anyway.

4. If you need to – once the pattern pieces have been measured and cut out of the newspaper – you can mark your sewing lines and your dart lines with the black marker.

5. The next step is placing your newspaper pattern pieces on the material and cutting them out. After you cut them out, just sew the top and the shorts as you would normally sew them.

6. After you finish sewing, hem the waist of the shorts about 1/4 inch. Turn it down about 1 inch and press with an iron.

7. Place your elastic underneath the turned down portion of the hem, and pin it in place. Sew the waistband down, without sewing the elastic. Leave the elastic in its original length. Don’t cut it yet.

8. Sew the waistband, but leave an opening where your elastic extends out. Now try your shorts on, and tighten the elastic. Once you get it where you want it, pin it at that spot. Leave at least 2 inches extended from the waistband, and cut the rest off.

9. Sew the elastic together, at the spot where you tightened it. Put it back under the waistband and finish sewing it.

Now all you have to do is hem your pajamas and sew your top together at the sides and shoulders, and hem it. You need to determine if darts in front by the arm holes are necessary. Now you’re done. Time from beginning to end should be about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

If you decide to make a pair for your children, it should be about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, because their pajamas are smaller. I hope this helps save you some money, and I hope this tip comes in handy.

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