Sewing Christmas PJs

fabric detail

Okay, let’s do this. It’s 1 December, which means I am definitely allowed to blog about my new pyjama bottoms. (To make your own simple PJ bottoms, there’s a free pattern here.) I found this fabric in Our Patterned Hand, often a beloved destination on some of Ella’s long weekend walks. So I’m gutted to hear it’s closing its doors for the last time this weekend. That really was a great fabric shop.

Anyway, they were obviously selling off the last of this. It’s Alexander Henry ‘All I Want For  Christmas’ fabric from 2008. You can find some online here and here. I think it’s discontinued, and I seem to have stumbled upon the last of this fabric in the UK. Which is a shame, because it’s lots of fun.

Christmas PJs ii

I tried to think very carefully (well careful-ish) about pattern placement and I’m glad to say that no man’s torso is cut off in an inappropriate place. I do have a label saying ‘Do Not Open Until Christmas’ on my back centre seam. Make of that what you will.

I had lots of fun adding a patch pocket to the rear of the PJs, just the right size to hold my iPhone. Because, you know, I’m addicted to my iPhone. Who isn’t?! The edge of the pocket had to be pattern matched right down the middle of a gentleman’s festive underwear. Yes, I did snigger.

Patch pocket

PJ details

I am thinking about making a top to go with these bottoms. Feels wrong to sully them with my usual bedtime attire of old and faded T-shirts bearing toothpaste stains. What?  You thought I was making these for someone else? Don’t be silly!

Finally, a shot that made me laugh, and laugh, and laugh. Kirstie’s Christmas Crafts, hemmed in on either side by two hot Santas. Are you blushing, Kirstie?

Kirstie's Christmas Gifts

Are you thinking of making festive PJs? Any fabric recommendations?

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46 Responses to Sewing Christmas PJs

  1. kate0795 says:

    These are fab!!! and the fabric is wonderful…love the do not open til Christmas message ;))
    Could you tell me which pattern you use and can you still get hold of it? Was thinking about making my other half a pair and my teenage daughter!
    I do hope you plan to wear these all Christmas Day…I would!!
    Kate x
    p.s. love your blog

    • Good point. I really should make a top to go with these so that I can stay in my jim jams all Christmas Day, mainlining Baileys. The pattern is the same as the free one I linked to, but my paper pattern is Simplicity 2721 and it’s ridiculously easy.

      • Helen says:

        Love them – brilliant fabric! Stupid question alert – the pdf download is for a US letter size which isn’t quite the same as A4 (it is close though). Would it be ok? Have been thinking of making these PJs, but that issue’s been putting me off!

      • Ros says:

        Helen, it should be fine. Just make sure that when you printing you click ‘no scaling’.

  2. Stevie says:

    Karen those are Brilliant! I think Christmas pjs are a lovely idea! They also make great xmas eve presents with a big bowl of popcorn and a christmas movie! x

  3. mepellymelly says:

    These are fabulous! I love the fabric, I agree that they should be worn all of Christmas Day, why hide them away!? I am now thinking of making some as well, particularly with the iPhone pocket (yes also an addict) great idea.

  4. I think that the chap to the right of Kirstie has been mainlining Baileys, he has a hint of a creamy smile on his top lip. Great PJs!

  5. Kathleen says:

    I love those pajamas. I think I’ll make some myself. So cute! Of course they need a pocket!

  6. Lesley says:

    Love your PJ’s – fantastic fabric. I attended a great workshop at Guthrie and Ghani’s shop in Birmingham last weekend and made some PJ bottoms for my daughter. I got the fabric online form Plush Addict – a lovely flannel which was really nice to sew. The PJs have a teal green background and it looks like snowflakes on the fabric from a distance – but actually flowers. However – you’ve now inspired me to get some of the Alexander H. fabric to do make some more !

  7. These are so much fun! I would definitely wear during the Christmas holidays non-stop, haha (well indoors). Great fabric and love how you named the men on the PJs 🙂

  8. Rachel says:

    I LOVE THOSE!!!!! Want them so badly! (The pants…. not the Santas. Ok… maybe also the Santas…)

  9. ah so jealous I want them! so much better than your usual snowman or reindeer design. always jealous of your makes. I sit in awe each time

  10. Joanne says:

    I’m totally jealous of these!

  11. lisa g says:

    hahaha! these are all sorts of awesome.

  12. macstabby says:

    Oh my gosh, that fabric is HILARIOUS. I love it. It reminds me of this fabric at Joann’s- sexy, half-naked fireman…in the nursery fabric section? The mind cannot comprehend.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    OMG, this is BRILLIANT. Love it. I have always wanted to buy some of that boy fabric from Alexander Henry but didn’t know what to do with it. You’ve figured it out for me! Yea!

  14. sewcraftlive says:

    How funny! That cracks me up. Would make some great holiday movie watching pjs. 🙂

  15. The pattern matching is amazing on the patch pocket!

  16. Eva says:

    Yes! These are so good.

  17. helen says:

    Yep, great pattern matching on the pocket. It’s satisfying when you do it and it looks so good!

  18. Amy says:

    These are amazing! I especially love the guy in the stripy long-johns, they look like something out of Dr Seuss!

  19. Sarah says:

    BRILLIANT!!!! If my Christmas were to involve a fellow like that is skin tight long johns, oh what a special Christmas it would be

  20. Sarah says:

    ps. he wouldn’t be in them too long

  21. brilliant fun, just perfect for lounging in!

  22. I’m hoping our Christmas will be hot enough for the swimming pool to be the obvious choice of locale, so long PJ trousers are perhaps not going to be the first in line for sartorial selections. However, if they looked like those. Hmm. I might change my mind!

  23. Anne-Marie says:

    Karen, you always make me laugh! Great post again; love the fabric!

  24. Breyan says:

    What a great idea. I’ll have to find something equally fun for the ladies in my family. I do think everyone will be getting PJs this year!

  25. tillybuttons says:

    I’ve got some great Christmas PJs in the works, but yours trump mine by a mile. They. Are. Awesome. xxx

  26. Seriously cool fabric, those santas are hot. Great job on pattern matching with the pocket.

  27. gingermakes says:

    OMG, these are hilarious! Perfect!

  28. Ann Johnston says:

    I was wondering what to get my best friend for Christmas – ordered the fabric immediately, and she will have boy toy jammies for Christmas eve! And, of course, I got enough for me as well . . .

  29. Fleur says:

    Fabulous fabric and pj’s for that matter, so wish it was cooler here for Christmas time to make some like this, maybe little shorts…..

  30. pandorra7 says:

    Those are awesome!!!

  31. Annie says:

    This fabric is adorable. I want to make my son some PJ’s but not sure they will be done in time for xmas. I see them making it onto my New Year projects list.

  32. twotoast says:

    The fabric is great. OK, it is hilarious! Definately ‘Christmas opening presents and drinking Baileys’ wear!!!

  33. Just found your blog and totally inspired to thread up my machine and make some jammies but the link seems to have disappeared. Can you help me find it? Am I just being Friday stupid? Thank you anyway for inspiration xx

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  35. sherlonya says:

    Cute pajamas. Your fabric reminds me of a fabric I have in my stash: Fun stuff!

  36. Sew Quester says:

    OK this fabric is great and scary at the same time 🙂 But most of all it’s hilarious – I can see my sister laughing when she got that as a gift :-)))

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