24 August 2010

Summer pajamas from pillowcases

My two older kids needed some new summer sleepwear.  My son needed some shorts.  Using a pair of his shorts as a pattern, and also following a similar process to my design your own pajama pants tutorial, I made him these:


He chose the golf ball print...not me.  I used an old pillowcase to make the side stripes and pockets.  I added a false zipper pocket so he could tell front from back.  I also added a little detail on the pocket to try out one of the decorative stitches on my machine. 



For my daughter, I used this tutorial from Gingercake, making adjustments for size, to make a pillowcase nightgown.  I loved that this pattern had sleeves.


 I'm happy with how well the nightgown came together.  It was done in about an hour, minus cutting out the pieces. 


My daughter was tickled to find a rose button on the back.  I used a hair elastic to loop the neckline closed.


Forgive the wrinkles.  I forgot to snap a photo until the next morning after she'd slept in it.  At least you know she wears it!

Linking to These Creative JuicesToday's Creative Blog, Blue Cricket DesignSomeday CraftsTea Rose Home, Somewhat Simple, House of Hepworths, Those Northern Skies, KoJo DesignsCreation Corner, and Tatertots and Jello.

16 happy thoughts:

Design Esquire said...

You are so talented. Great job on both projects!

Kara said...

Love these! Great idea!

Kara

Melissa said...

Those are wonderful. I particularly like the shorts for your son.

I think the hair band closure for your daughter's gown is ingenious.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

You know your way around a sewing machine - these are great!

Amy C said...

Chris! What a fun blog you have! I had no idea how crafty you are, and I can't wait to see more. :)
Amy Cowley (we were neighbors in Logan)

Jen said...

I've got that pillowcase nightgown on my to-do list! Love the way it turned out (wrinkles and all!).

Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

your pajamas and little girls nightgown are so cute. I've been following your blog for a few weeks now. I think it was your blog that you showed how to alter a tshirt by sewing up the sides. I have used that technique several times now. I was wondering do you know where I could find a tutorial for how to alter across top of shoulder area? Like the shoulder seam hangs off my shoulder and I dont know how to fix that. Does that make sense? Thanks

Andrea @ Simple Organized Living said...

Wow...who knew a pillowcase could be SO adorable! I just use my pillowcases to hold sleeping bags.

Great work and thanks for the creative inspiration.

christi @ grey umbrella said...

these are great! thanks for posting them.

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sommerhowey said...

This is a very cute dress. Thank you for sharing. I just started sewing about a week ago so I am definitely going to try this dress when I get more comfortable. You did a great job.

Tasha said...

So cute! I have been making pj's for one of my son's too. It is just so hard for me to pay for them. Silly, but true. These turned out really cute. I think I need to make some out of cotton fabric because he is still sporting the flannel and they have to be hot right now. Thank you for linking up. It sure does make me happy. :) Have a good weekend.

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Oh super sweet! They're both really cute! Great job. :)
~stopping by from Tatertots & Jello!

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

There is something so sweet about little girls with nightgown pj's. Thanks for sharing, hopefully one day I'll be able to sew something this cute! New follower :)

-Ann Marie

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Cute kids and clever projects! You did a great job on both the shorts and the nightgown, excellent idea.

Melissa said...

What the heck!! I wondered why you hadn't been posting. So I checked and you weren't on my feed reader anymore. I don't have the foggiest idea how that happened!!

You are on again, girl!!

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