Match PJ bottoms with favorite bedsheets. Upcycle extra bedsheets into pajama pants

Do you have a favorite set of sheets? Ever wanted to “disappear” into your cozy bed? Imagine being dressed in the same sheet material and being barely visible as a tousled sleepy head floating amid a comfortable bed decked out in cozy pajama bottoms.
When making pajama bottoms out of duplicates of your favorite sheets or a single top sheet, your options for comfort are limitless. Linen, cotton, nylon and flannel sheets work equally well, provided you sew this easy DIY pattern with the same type of thread. In fact, this pattern also would work using fleece to match the blanket instead of the sheets. The tutorial and a sewing machine provide all the help needed for this cozy project.
- Flat sheet
- Pajama bottoms that fit well
- Measuring tape
- Marker
- Fabric scissors
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine and thread.
- Elastic for the waistband (Tutorial uses Stretchrite, 1”)
- Small, silky bow or cute button
- Needle and thread to match fabric
DIY Everywhere
1. Fold the sheet with the patterned sides together and smooth it out on a flat work surface.
2. Turn the pajama bottoms inside out.
3. Fold the pajama bottoms in half lengthwise, with the legs on top of each other.
4. Place the pajama bottoms carefully onto the folded sheet, paying attention to the pattern, if there is one.
5. Measure one and a half inches from the bottom of the pant leg and draw a line along that side with the marker. When outlining the rest, draw the line closer to the pajama bottoms.
6. Cut all along the line you just drew.
7. Repeat steps 5 to 8 to create another pant leg, so you know have four pieces that form the pajama bottoms.
8. Pair up two pant legs with the patterned sides together.
9. Starting at the curve of the crotch, pin every two inches down one side of the leg and then the other.
10. Sew along the pinned lines, down one side and then the other, removing pins as you go.
11. Do the same for the remaining pieces of the pajama bottoms.
12. You now have two “tubes.” Turn one inside out and stuff it nicely into the other tube. Flatten it.
13. Matching the seam at the crotch, with patterned sides together, pin up the sides from the crotch.
14. Sew along the pinned lines.
17. Pull the second leg out of the first and smooth it flat on the work surface. It should look like a pair of pants and be inside out.
16. Measure the front of the pants from side seam to side seam.
17. Place the elastic down on the work surface. Put the measuring tape on top of it.
18. Measure and mark a spot on the elastic that is two inches shorter than the front measurement. If the original pants were baggy, make the elastic shorter. Make sure the elastic is comfortable around your waist before cutting it and sewing it in place.
19. Pin the elastic starting one and a half inches down from the top of the waistline along the pants, stretching it a little as you go. Flatten seams open as you pin through them.
20. Sew along the bottom edge of the elastic, securing it to the waist.
21. Fold down the top onto the pants.
22. Sew along the turned-down edge, enclosing the elastic along the waist.
23. Turn up the cuff one-half inch. Turn up the new cuff one-half inch again, and pin in place.
24. Repeat to create a cuff on the other leg.
25. Sew both cuff hems.
26. Turn the pants right-side out.
27. Hand sew a little bow or button at the mid-seam on the front.