I’ve wanted to sew matching pajamas for our family for awhile but had yet to do it. When I saw the Sew Family Jammies Challenge on Instagram, I decided this was the year I was finally going to do it!
I wanted to make matching pajamas for the kids and I, as my husband isn’t really into the whole matching pajamas things! The holidays are expensive enough already so I decided to use fabric and patterns I already had. I used the free Movie Night Pajamas for my kids, which I had used before for Halloween costumes, and the women’s version my pants.
For the kids’ pajamas, I used a black cotton spandex for both shirts with red cotton spandex pants for my son and green french terry for my daughter. The french terry is quite lightweight and better suited for a top, however it turned out fine and my daughter loves her super soft pants. I had a lot of trouble finding enough fabric for me, as I didn’t have anything that matched my kids’ fabric. I ended up cutting up a dress I made from the Laundry Day Tee Pattern that wasn’t getting much wear for the top, and had to buy a yard of jersey fabric for the pants from my local shop.
Since the fabric I used was plain, I added some heat transfer vinyl to jazz them up. I love the movie Christmas Vacation and decided to put one of my favorite things from the movie on it–the mug mug! I’ve wanted a moose mug ever since I first saw the movie and my brother found one for me a few years ago. I put the silhouette of Clark’s Santa lawn ornament that goes flying in the end on the kids’ shirts.
Once my husband heard about my idea of putting things from the movie on the pajamas, he decided to join in! And so did my parents, and my brother! I knew I wouldn’t have time to sew all of them pajamas before Christmas, so I bought some cheap-o black shirts from Hobby Lobby and had them each pick out their favorite quote from the movie.
It was a lot of fun hearing everyone’s favorite quote, although I had to edit some of them down to make them more “family friendly.” I didn’t want my kids repeating some of those quotes–ha!
Although I wasn’t able to use fabric from my stash for all the pajamas, I only spent about $25 including the fabric for my pants and 4 additional shirts. I can’t wait to see us all wearing our shirts/pajamas on Christmas morning!