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Making pajamas for others is a win for everyone.  They’re easy enough for beginners, fun crazy fabrics are often on sale this time of year, and if for some reason your sewing goes awry, you won’t have to worry about your mistakes going out of the house!  While nearly every pattern company has a good pajama or two in their collection, here is a collection of pajama patterns that are good for everyone in your life from babies up through grandparents!

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Pajamas for your bestie/sister/Mom

Carolyn Pajamas

Closet Case Patterns’ Carolyn Pajamas are popular for a reason.  They’ve got classic pajama styling with Closet Case’s excellent fit.  The added piping makes these a fun sew for an advancing sewist and a nice sharp detail.  I can’t imagine your best friend or your sister or Mom being sad to receive a pair of these!

I made these in a percale with contrast gingham, and they’re one of my favorite sets!

Pajama patterns for men

Pattern companies have come a long way in offering good patterns for men.  Every time an indie pops up with some new offer for men, it’s a cause for celebration!  Here’s some great options for men’s pajama patterns.

Jalie Nico Raglan 

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Jalie’s Nico raglan tee is a nice option for pajamas.  With casual styling and a size range from boys’ 2T-men’s 60 (50″ chest), there’s very few this pattern won’t work for.  Plus you can use it for pajamas, every day t-shirts, or even rash guards.   

Okay, so that’s a good top option.  What about a good pajama bottom for men?

Peek-a-boo patterns Hit the Hay Pajama Pants

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Peek-a-boo patterns Hit the Hay Pajama pants is good for hip size 33-51″, so these would be great for teenagers in your house or the men in your life.  With unisex styling, this is a great pattern for women as well!

Ottobre 7-2018-5/6

Ottobre is one of my favorite resources for great basics with nice added details.  Long a great pattern company for children and women, last year Ottobre launched their family issue.  In it you’ll find great classics for men with the fantastic added details that Ottobre is so good at.  The current issue features a nice set of classic men’s pajamas.  And because it’s the family issue, there’s women’s pjs too!

Image from Ottobre 7-2018 issue

Check out the piping on the pocket.  Love!!! 

Pajama patterns for kids

If you’re like me, making pjs for your kids is fun all over the place.  We regularly cut up old t-shirts and mix them with modern fabrics for something really fun.  These Bat-jams were one of my favorite this year!

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Patterns for Pirates Sugar Spice pjs

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If you don’t love Pattern for Pirates Sugar Spice pjs, you might be heartless!  This adorable styling on these knit long john style pajamas is too stinking cute.  How nice is it to have size 3 months-14?!  

Blank Slate Patterns Pocket Pjs

Pocket PJs pdf sewing pattern by Blank Slate Patterns
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Blank Slate Patterns’ Pocket Pjs are a nice option for woven fabrics.  I love how you can mix and match fabrics for a nice contrast look!  The placket top is a nice variation on the classic button down as well.  Sizes are from 18 months-size 8.

Goodnight Sweetheart Pajamas from Sewing for Boys

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This is kind of a different choice being from a book.  Shelley Figueroa’s Sewing for Boys is a favorite in my house.  Being a boy mom x3, I really appreciate when I find sources for interesting boys’ patterns.

The Goodnight Sweetheart Pajamas are another cool variation on classic button downs.  There’s no collar in this pattern (easy!!), and the stitched down  facings make for a really clean look that also won’t poke at kids’ sensitive skin on the inside.  I’ve made these a couple times for my boys.  I know Katie of Kadiddlehopper has loved this pattern to pieces.

Vintage style pajama patterns

Simplicity 8659 Men’s “Cabana set” 

Simplicity Pattern 8659 Men's Vintage Cabana Set
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If you’re looking to have a beachy kind of Christmas, this pattern reproduction from the 1950s might be a good choice.  THAT is a collar!

Nina Lee Piccadilly Pyjamas

Here’s another good vintage option.  Nina Lee’s Piccadilly Pyjamas.  The stand up collar is a fun variation, and I love the vintage flair of the tulip-shaped pockets.  I know The Twilight Stitcher made up a really cute pair of these fun jams!

Wearing History Lounging at the Lido 1930s pajamas

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I love this pattern from Wearing History.  There’s so much elegance in the pajama set, and it would make an extraordinary gift for your friend or sister or Mom!  Or shoot, sew it for yourself because it’s okay to sew presents for you too!

So those are some of my favorite pajama patterns.  Hopefully you found one or more that you’ll remember the next time you’re looking for pajama patterns to sew for your loved ones!  I want to know:

What are your favorite pajama patterns to sew for others?

10 Comments

  1. Loving your pajama series! I just found a piece of pink/white polka dot fabric that’s gonna be great for PJs. Thanks for sharing … so inspiring!

  2. Such a great resource! I agree patterns have come a long way in general and specifically for men!

    • Thanks Laquana! I think the sewing community has really influenced pattern companies and slowly the tide is turning in favor of cooler stuff, especially as you say for men–yay!!

  3. Thanks for the post Elizabeth! There’s a lot more variety out there for PJs than I had realised ☺️ And I LOVE your floral pjs with that gingham!

    • You’re so welcome Brooke! Pattern companies have gotten so creative with their pajamas which is inspiring to see! That floral set is one of my favorites–it’s always a challenge to find a print contrast that works with another print, so I was thrilled when I found the gingham in the form of a men’s shirt!

  4. It’s good to see the Sewing for Boys book! I have it, though I’ve only used the heavily modified bathrobe so far for last year’s Halloween Harry Potter costume. But I’m thinking of trying one of the shirts soon. And thank you for the men’s recommendations, since pajama pants are the only clothes that maybe my husband will allow me to sew for him, someday, if I find fabric that meets his picky softness standards.

    • I have made the Let’s Go Fishing hat more times than I can count, I think in every size at this point, LOL! There’s some really great patterns in that book! I can so see the bathrobe working for Harry Potter. My hubby is picky about what I can make for him too–thus far he’s only into outerwear.

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