Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pajama Party Crafts: Pillowcase and Pajama Pants

My "baby" turned 1 last week so of course last weekend we had her first birthday party.  The theme was Pajamas and Pancakes and I had so much fun planning and the party turned out really cute.  I will be detailing out the whole party later on (either here or on Tampa Bay Mom's Blog) but I wanted to share the two main sewing crafts that I did for the party: Pillowcases and Pajama Pants.
Pajama Pants

Since this wasn't just any party, but my sweet Hadley's big first birthday party, of course the girls had to have adorable pajama pants.  I used the pant pattern provided by Dana Made it but only used the back piece (note that the existing pattern is similar to 2T but you can easily cut it down or up, use an existing pair of pants as a guide).  You can follow her tutorial but they are pretty easy to put together.  One thing that I did different is that I used only the back pieces and cut the pattern along a fold in the fabric.  Cutting it this way makes it so that there isn't a seam on the outside of the leg, but two pieces this way but cut one with the pattern flipped over/upside down.  Once you have your two pieces sew from the bottom of the leg up to the point in the crotch for both leg pieces.   Then join the two legs together by matching right sides together and sewing back to front of the crotch.  Once you have the two pieces together you can add a casing at the top for the elastic and hem the bottom.  To give mine a really girly touch I also added a 2.5 inch ruffle on the bottom. 
My older daughter loved her pajama pants and asks to wear them all the time.  Overall they were really easy and turned out really cute.
Pillow Cases

The second craft I did for the party was making pillowcases as favors for each kid in attendance.  Pillowcases were a fun and cute way to tie in the pajama party theme but also give them something personalized.  As friends RSVPed I just asked each parent what the kids room looks like so that I could match up fabric to their room.  Once the pillow cases were done, I sent them to my mom to embroider each child's name on it for a special personalized touch.
Thankfully pillowcases are super easy and each took me less than 15 minutes.  To start you will need a yard of cotton material.  Most cotton material is approximately 44 inches wide but you will only need about 42 inches, so cut off an inch or two.  Once you have done this you should have a rectangle that is 36x42 inches.  Take your rectangle and fold it in half (right sides together) so that you now have a rectangle that is 36x21 inches.  Sew (or I serged so that the seams were nice but a regular straight stitch is fine) along the long side (36 inch side) and along one of the shorter sides (this will be the bottom).  Take the open end and turn under 3-4 inches.  If you are using a serger, you will want to serge the raw edge before turning under.  If you are using a regular stitch you can either turn under 2 inches and then 2 more or just turn it under the 4 inches knowing that the edge will not be as pretty.  Sew close to the raw edge all the way around the opening.  Turn pillow case right side out and press. 
Overall I was really happy with the crafts I did for the party, my girls loved their pajama pants and the guests are hopefully sleeping well on their new personalized pillow cases.
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