Pajama Party!~ A Sew-Along

on September 6 | in Sew-Alongs | by | with 106 Comments

Chances are good that wherever you happen to be, the weather is changing–especially at night. The boxers and tank you were wearing to bed a few weeks ago suddenly aren’t quite cozy enough. Your child’s closet is full of his back-to-school clothes, but his dresser still holds last year’s too-short, too-stained jammies.  Whatever your situation, new pajamas are a great way to settle into the season.  We think homemade pjs are even better, which is why we’re hosting a Pajama Party sew-along throughout the month of September.

If you want to play, it’s simple.  Make some pajamas and share your experience.  You can do any of the following:

  • Go to the forum and discuss your pattern.  Ask questions, post your photos and see what everyone else is up to.
  • Share photos with our general photo pool on Flickr.
  • Blog about it.  At the end of the month we’ll ask everyone for a link to their posts.
  • Grab the Pajama Party button on this page and post it on your blog.  Link back to this post and encourage others to participate.  The more the merrier!

If you need a little incentive, we have a coupon for 15% off all the pajama patterns in the SMS shop.  (You don’t have to use one of these patterns to participate though.)  There are options for adults and children, boys and girls, gowns and pants–something for everyone!  Use the code PAJAMAPARTY09  when you checkout.  (Expires 9/30.  Cannot be combined with other offers or applied to previous orders.)

To top it off, we’re going to select our four favorite Pajama Party photos and award each of the winners a $20 gift certificate to the SMS shop!

If you’re in, let us know in the comments.  Ready? Set? Sew!

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106 Responses to Pajama Party!~ A Sew-Along

  1. Alisa says:

    Yeah, I’m just finished! I’ve posted it on my blog http://makingmorewithless.blogspot.com/2009/09/pajama-party.html

  2. Tracy says:

    All done – I’ve just posted a couple of photos on my blog – http://prosestitch.typepad.com/prosestitch/2009/09/beach-weather.html

  3. claudia says:

    You got it right, SMS! I was planning on making my kids some pj’s for the changing seasons. Will post on Flickr and maybe even start that new blog I’ve been thinking about.

  4. lina says:

    I’ve just posted my pjs on my blog – http://linaloo.typepad.com/linaloo/2009/09/hers-n-hers.html

  5. lisa says:

    Just the incentive I need. This time I am going to let my kids wait just a little longer and make myself some cute jammie bottoms. It’s time for me to sew something for me.

  6. Clever Karen says:

    I made the cutest pjs recently using vintage sheets and a t-shirt from Target. I posted picts in the gallery. Here’s a blog posting: http://cleverkaren.blogspot.com/2009/06/vintage-sheet-pjs.html

  7. Kellie says:

    Made some cute pj’s and put them in your general flickr pool!

  8. wendy says:

    yes, indeed! All my kids need new jammies right now…

  9. Char says:

    I just made and blogged some pajamas: http://crapivemade.blogspot.com/2009/09/pajamas.html

  10. Tina says:

    Sounds awesome! I love to make my boys pajama pants, and I want to make some for me this year. I have some great Robert Kauffman sushi fabric that I want to use! And the boys could use some new ones. I also like to make recycled ones from old pajama pants from DH. Even easier because they already have one seam sewn if you cut them right.

  11. Tricia says:

    I would love to play along!

  12. Kym says:

    Yes. Just the motivation I need to make some new jammies for the little girlies. One girl has grown like a bean stalk over the winter, the other deserves more than just well worn hand-me-downs. Now to go pick a pattern …

  13. Janeth says:

    My little guy is growing quicker than I can keep up with his clothes. Im sure he’s going to be thrilled with his new PJ’s. :)

  14. Tracy says:

    I am another late entry, but I will commit to a night gown for each of my girls – cotton not flannel though as it is getting warmer here and the winter flannels are wearing thin.

  15. Amy says:

    Yay! I just splurged on some knit fabric for this very reason.

  16. Haus Frau says:

    A little late in entering (I just saw this blog post yesterday), but I am determined to make a nightgown or two for my little girl. :)

  17. Malea says:

    I’m not ready to sew some pajamas up from scratch but my son does have several pairs of pj pants that are growing too short. He hasn’t gained any width at all so I plan to take all the too short pj pants and cut them apart and rework them to make longer lounge pants.

  18. I’m in! My middle daughter could realllllllly use some new pjs!

  19. Chrissy says:

    I’m in! I just bought fabric to make my three daughters their annual Christmas jammies. I didn’t make them one year after two of my girls had started college and when they came home for Christmas I thought they were going to cry when they had no new jammies. This year, I’m adding my brand son-in-law (joined the family in May) to the pj list. And next year, I’ll get to add my first GRANDBABY! They’re expecting in April. I’m already planning!!!!!

  20. Tami says:

    Perfect timing – I just bought a pattern & fabric to make my son some pjs last weekend. He was feeling a little left out with all the skirts I make for my daughter. I’m in!

  21. Lisa says:

    I’m just about to start a couple pairs of pajamas for a couple little girls – great timing for a sewalong.

  22. Kathy Marsh says:

    I’m going to try to join in. I need a pair of “nice” pajamas and a matching robe for a trip we’re taking next month. And if I really get into it I’ll try to make pj pants for my daughters for a Christmas present.

  23. Taryn says:

    I’m in. I saw something in my stash just the other day that made me think pajamas for one of my girls. This will at least make me accountable so that I’ll do it instead of just thinking about it. lol

  24. meredith says:

    Last night I was feeling lazy, yet desperate for a project (a dangerous combination), so I used Blue Yonder’s bandana pants tutorial on 2 yards of flannel I got at Joann. My new cupcake pj bottoms have voluminous legs, which I adore, and a nice, elasticized waist, and it was gratifying to knock these out in under an hour. I recently got “Weekend Sewing,” so look forward to actually making some pj pants with a pattern next time.

  25. Heather B says:

    I’m in the process of making 2 pairs of pj’s as birthday gifts & completing a nightgown for my daughter. Hopefully that will be 3 pairs by the end of Sept. If I’m really good, I might even get a jumpstart on Christmas pj’s!

  26. Stacey says:

    I just bought material and a pattern for the kids pj pants.

  27. Lauri says:

    Hmmm…maybe I can actually use the fabric I bought to make pajamas for my girls last year, but is still sitting on the shelf! Or…maybe this is a good excuse to buy more fabric??? Decisions, decisions…lol

  28. Casey says:

    I’ve never done a sew along, but this sounds like TONS of fun! Think I’ll give it a try!!! I’m not a great seamstress but pants are pretty easy!

  29. Sonicka says:

    This sounds like so much fun! I just went and bought some vintage PJ patterns off of etsy to try out. I also want to make PJs from In Stitches and Weekend Sewing. I can’t wait!

  30. Erica says:

    I’d love to sew some merino knit baby gowns

  31. Lori Krause says:

    I’d like to join in as well. Is there a time limit, I saw that it is for the month of Sept. so is the deadline Sept 30th?
    Lori

  32. Amy says:

    I’m in. I already have the pattern and the fabric for pjs for my kids that I never got around to last year. Maybe I should go ahead and make myself some too, huh?

  33. Karin says:

    A sheep flannel sheet is calling to be PJ pants around here. Woo-hoo!

  34. Tammy says:

    What a wonderful idea – count me in!

  35. I’ll play along – I need a couple pairs for myself

  36. Sonja says:

    I’m in! perfect timing I just bought a pattern for me and my girls. I plan on using old bed sheets. Thaks for the push.

  37. Milica says:

    At least I know I’m not the only one with children wearing sad-looking too-small jammies! That summer sun caused my girls to grow faster than I anticipated! I can’t wait to make them some new PJ’s.

  38. Chase says:

    Hello,

    I just made my little a set of new jammies. Is it ok to post it? My patten is very simple. I have blog about it in my blog already. But would like to post some pictures in SMS filckr pool.

  39. Amy says:

    Neat! I have fabric for three pairs just waiting for me to get to it!

  40. shelle says:

    I am off to pick out a pattern, I love it!

  41. oh, I’m in!

  42. Gill says:

    I have a whole bunch of pj fabric in 1 yard lengths so I shall be doing “patchwork” jammies with arms and legs in different fabrics…hmmn…it will need careful planning! Gill.

  43. suzi says:

    I don’t have a blog but I definitely am going to put this on my to do list for the month. I think I will try some for at least myself and one of the kids I may do good and get everyone here some pjs made before the month is out.

  44. Liz says:

    Oh how perfect! Just wWhat I needed to get inspired. :)

  45. Katie says:

    I’ve never made pajamas, before, but what the heck…. i’m in…

  46. Kelli says:

    Yea!! This sounds so fun! I always say I want to make pajamas and then never get around to it. I did make my kiddos matching jammies last year for Christmas and that was a big hit, so maybe I could get an early start and make the whole family some! I’m sure my husband will be so thrilled!! =)
    –no blog (yet), but I’ll join in through the forum!

  47. kriswithmany says:

    I have patterns and fabric that were meant to be used last year. I think now is the time!

  48. Aimee says:

    Oh, yes! I am in. I’ve been wanting to make pajamas for all of my kids and this is just the thing to get me to really do it. Thank you!

  49. Christy S. says:

    I’m in! I can’t wait to get my pattern and get started!!

  50. Dawn says:

    Sounds like fun-all my kids could use a new pair of jammies.

  51. Jill G says:

    I’m in~

  52. Sarah says:

    This sounds great. I’m in!

  53. This sounds like fun. I have been wanting to make my own pj’s, so now i have an excuse to get going. I am going to try and make my own patterns from ones that I like, can never find anything I like that fits me the way I like, nice and loose and comfy.

    Debbie

  54. Rachel says:

    Pajamas for pregnancy? I’m thinking my current bedtime wardrobe won’t last for all nine months so I’m definitely in!

  55. Bethany says:

    Grrrrrrrrrrrreat I just purchased fabric for all four of my kids to make them their yearly ‘fuzzy’ pj’s!! They get to pick whatever fleece they want!! I can’t wait to get started…this will help me to stay motivated to get them done (along with the other like 100 projects I want to do)!!!! Thanks…cool idea!!

  56. Lorene says:

    My two little ones definitely need PJ’s for this winter! I’m in!

  57. Kate says:

    Hmm, I wonder if the pattern I bought three years ago will still work for my no-longer-toddler. And if the fabric I bought to go with it will only stretch into flannel jammie pants at this point!

  58. Lea-Ann says:

    I actually bought pajama patterns to outfit the fam in matching PJs about 5 years ago! Guess i will be digging those out and playing along!

  59. Breanna Laquay says:

    I just attempted to make my son pajamas today. Now I have inspiration for my blog

  60. Leah says:

    Great idea. I need some new ones…. my kids have lots, although I am hoping to start sewing some for Christmas (including their PJs)

  61. mara says:

    I made some jammie pants in June and blogged about them:
    http://kleiosbelly.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/into-the-pool-clothing-optional/
    http://kleiosbelly.wordpress.com/2009/06/21/pajama-party/
    http://kleiosbelly.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/second-verse-same-as-the-first/

    My first paper pattern since home ec MANY years ago! You can also see a pic in the “Look What I Made” forum.

    I need to make more jammie pants soon!

  62. Andrea says:

    awesome! I am using a pattern from 1956

  63. beccy says:

    I certainly could do with a new pair of jamblies – mine are all far too summery! Wynciette anyone? :)

  64. I could use some “new” pajamas. I usually sleep in a big t-shirt.

  65. georgia says:

    Dude. My kids have been wearing my husband’s t-shirts to bed b/c they’ve grown out of most of theirs! This will be great.

  66. Debra says:

    Yeah! I’m in I have to make 3 pair of pjs for christmas gifts. 2 pair for my two kids and one for their cousin. Perfect timing!

  67. Jody says:

    This sounds like so much fun. I better get busy because you are absolutely right! My family does need warm and comfy pjs for the cold months that are coming.

  68. Alisa says:

    This is perfect! I have at least 4 pairs of pyjamas I need to make.

  69. Tam Bell says:

    I’m in, it’s perfect timing

  70. Adrianne says:

    I’m in!! and Excited. I love Pj’s

  71. Bonnie says:

    Oooo . . . we definitely need new PJs around here. I have patterns ready and waiting, now I just need to decide on what fabric to use!

  72. Nicole says:

    Oh, yay! I have been planning on making some pajamas for the munchkin soon!

  73. Sarah J says:

    I’m in, I bought some fabric a while back to make new PJ bottoms but just haven’t got round to it…. now I just need to find where I put the fabric….

  74. Samantha says:

    It’s scary how you all read my mind sometimes!! I was just looking at jammie and nightgown patterns in the past few days…………freaky!

  75. Wendymoon says:

    Bought some Goodnight Monkey flannel fabric a while back to make pjs! I’m in!

  76. Tammy says:

    Yay! A pajama party! Sounds fun. :-)

  77. Casey says:

    this sounds fun!! There’s some pj’s I’ve been wanting to make for my girls, this is a great reason to finally make myself do it!

  78. April says:

    I have what I need for jammies for the boy child but no time this month to join along… ugh. I am doing a swap with some friends and need to get started on the Halloween costumes.

  79. Regina says:

    I’m in – my son had a summer growth spurt (go figure) and I have fabric for a whole new bunch of pajama pants for him.

  80. Karen in KS says:

    I have some fabric and a pattern that I’ve been meaning to make for a while now. This is just the motivation to make it!

  81. April says:

    I’m in! I hate being too hot and too twisted up when I sleep, though, so I’m usually sleeveless or nightshirt even in the winter. If I make a nighty in flannel it’ll make it seem more wintry, yes?

  82. Erica says:

    I’ve been planning on making fall pajamas for the last couple months. This should give me the incentive to start!

  83. Misha says:

    Count me in! I’ve been wanting to make some new pjs for months. This will (I hope) motivate me to actually start and finish the project!

  84. ItsyBitsyKC says:

    Ooooh…this is fun!
    I’d really like to learn how to make some PJs, so I can make some as gifts for Christmas. My boyfriend can really use some new PJs too.

  85. Helen says:

    I’m in! I was just thinking of making pjs for my girl and boy now it’s getting a bit cooler, so this is a good excuse to get started!

  86. craftytammie says:

    Maybe I will finally make the pjs from “weekend sewing” or “in stitches” out of the vintage sheets I’ve been saving!

  87. Winsome says:

    Great idea. Got some fabric and a pattern i’ve had for ages this is just the incentive i need
    to get started.

  88. April says:

    Excellent, I’ll join in this party.

  89. Becky says:

    In! I’m tired of t-shirts and gym shorts!

  90. meg says:

    Yep. There’s a whole bin of capri pants in my sons pajama bin–not what he needs for winter! Maybe this will be the boost I need to get crankin’. :)

  91. Tracy C says:

    I was just thinking about making pjs. I’m in!

  92. Whistlepea says:

    This is great timing! I just started teaching home ec and my first major project with my sewing students is pj pants!

  93. This is the cat’s pajamas! (sorry I couldn’t help myself)…I have been wanting to make pajamas for my clan for a while now (even have pattern and fabric for some), but the making keeps getting moved to the bottom of the to do list behind more pressing commitments. This is just the push I need, and it will be so much fun working on pj’s knowing that I’m in good company! Yay!…and thanks!

  94. Ellu says:

    Oh,
    this is a very good idea. I did pyjamas for my eldest daughter, and another pair is waiting to be finished. I”m going to some photos on Filckr in the next days.

  95. Alice S says:

    What a great idea!

  96. Penny says:

    I just bought fabric to make my youngest DD PJs so this has come along at just the right time :-)

  97. Margie says:

    Everybody needs new jammies! Great theme for the month. I have the flannel & nightgown pattern waiting for me. This will be fun.

  98. Maggie says:

    Count me in!

  99. Rachael says:

    Sounds like fun!

  100. Andi says:

    I’m in! I love making pajamas!! The first year I really got into sewing I made pajamas for everyone on my Christmas list – I still remember my husband asking me “Are you going to learn to sew something else or are you just going to sew pajamas?”

  101. Viv says:

    I’m in. I just made PJ’s for the wee boy yesterday :-)

  102. Amy says:

    This is a fantastic idea. I have one off Burda style I’d love to make (it’s not technically a nightie, but….) http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/maryy

  103. Emma says:

    Excellent timing! My three kidlets are in desperate need of new pajamas. I am in!

  104. Zura says:

    Oh wow! I would love to participate! My daughters really need new Pjs, great timing and motivator! Is the sew-along International? I’m in Malaysia :)

  105. Meika says:

    Just the motivation I need! My girls both need new pj’s! Off to find a pattern and fabric…

  106. Mel says:

    I have some wonderful fabric I purchased for jammies several months ago.
    It’s been sitting in a bag because I haven’t found the right pattern, I’ll go have a look-see on your site!

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