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Pyjama Bottoms

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Last week I told you how I turned a worn out pair of pyjamas into a pattern.  Now I’ll show you how I’ve used it to make a new pair of pyjamas out of a pair of curtains I bought in a charity shop.  You will need a little bit of sewing experience but these are really easy!

Pyjama Bottoms

You will need:

  • Enough fabric to cut out two legs (cheap fabric can be found by searching charity shops for duvet covers, curtains or table clothes in a fabric you like)
  • Your pattern
  • Dressmaking pins
  • A pair of dressmaking scissors (or a pair of strong, sharp scissors)
  • Machine thread in a colour which matches your fabric
  • Sewing machine (or a needle, if you are very patient)
  • Enough elastic for the waistband (you may be able to rescue the elastic from the old pair of pyjamas)
  • A safety pin

What to do:

  1. Fold the fabric in half and pin the pattern to the fabric (through both layers).
  2. Carefully cut out the fabric along the edge of the pattern.
  3. Remove the pins, you will now have two pieces of fabric which are a mirror image of each other.
  4. Fold the legs in half so that the right side of the fabric (the side you want to see when you are wearing the pyjamas) is on the inside.  Line up the long straight edges and pin together, this will form the seam which goes down the inside of the legs.
  5. Stitch along the long straight edge leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance (the distance between the edge of the fabric and the stitching).
  6. Press the seam flat and neaten using your favoured technique (here’s a tutorial on finishing seams which offers lots of options ).
  7. When this has been done for both legs, turn one leg so it is now the right-way-out.
  8. Place the leg which is the right-way-out inside the leg which is inside-out, align all the edges and seams.
  9. Pin along the curved edge and stitch, again leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance.
  10. Stitch along this seam for a second time, follow the first line of stitching as closely as possible.  This will ensure that this seam is strong.
  11. Carefully trim off excess fabric from the seam allowance (leave about 0.5cm) and neaten this seam with zig-zag stitch.
  12. Pull one leg out of the other and ensure the pyjamas are inside-out.
  13. Press the top edge (waist band) of the pyjamas down 0.5cm.  Repeat, this time turning the edge down by 3cm and pinning down.
  14. Stitch along the top edge leaving about 2.5-3cm between the edge and the stitching (so that the stitching traps the turned down fabric).  Leave a gap of about 5cm.
  15. Pin the safety pin to one end of the elastic, insert into the hole and use the safety pin to pull the elastic all the way through the channel of fabric.  Ensure the other end of the elastic does not disappear down the channel.
  16. When the safety pin reaches the hole again, remove the safety pin and stitch the ends of elastic together.  If you are unsure that the elastic is the correct length try the pyjamas on before stitching the ends together.
  17. Stitch along the last 5cm to close the hole.
  18. With the pyjamas still inside out, turn up the bottom of the legs by 0.5cm.  Repeat and pin.
  19. Stitch along the bottom of the legs close to the edge.
  20. Ta da!  One brand new pair of pyjamas.

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Pyjama Bottoms Pattern

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Turn a worn out pair of pyjamas into a pattern for a new pair.  I’ve turned a favourite pair of pyjamas which are no longer fit to wear into a new pair of pyjamas.

Pyjama Pattern

You will need:

  • A pair of old pyjamas which do not have seems on the outside of the legs (each leg will only be made of one piece of fabric)
  • A pair of dressmaking scissors (or a pair of strong, sharp scissors)
  • Large sheets of tissue paper
  • Pencil

What to do:

  1. Carefully cut off the waistband and remove the elastic or cord and save.
  2. Cut along the seems, you should now have two pieces of fabric, discard one.
  3. Lay a sheet of tissue paper out flat and then place the leg of the pyjamas over the top.
  4. Trace around the pyjamas.
  5. Add 10cm to the top of the pyjamas for the waist band.
  6. Add a 1.5cm seem allowance around the rest of the pyjamas.

Next week I’ll show you how I’ve used this pattern to turn an old pair of curtains into some new pyjamas.

Hand Warmers

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In the winter months a little extra warmth is always welcome and I’m sure the recipient will be delighted with bits of my old jeans filled with rice!

Handwarmers

You will need:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Machine thread of your choice
  • Sewing machine (or needle if you prefer to hand sew)
  • Rice
  • Needle

What to do:

  1. Iron fabric and cut two pieces 23cm x 13cm (this includes a 1.5cm seam allowance).
  2. Fold in half (so the fabric is almost square) with the right side inside and pin the edge opposite the fold.
  3. Stitch this edge and press the seam flat.
  4. Turn the right way out and press the 1.5cm seam allowance in on the two remaining raw edges.
  5. Top stitch one of the unclosed edges.
  6. Fill each bag with 90g of rice.
  7. Fold the open seam so it is now at a right angle to the bottom one (this is what makes it pyramid shaped).
  8. Tack just above the rice (to contain it while you are sewing the final seam.
  9. Top stitch.
  10. Put the bean bags into the microwave for 1 and a half minutes to make them warm.  It is a good idea to do this a few times after you’ve made them as the rice releases moisture the first few times it is heated.

Lable

If desired you could make a label so the recipient knows what they are and how to use them (or you could use mine).