When pajama pants make you feel successful..

I know I’m not alone when I say that getting to my sewing machine these days is work. Sometimes life takes over and babies don’t sleep and two-year-olds dump out every box in the cupboard and your sewing table becomes the catch-all for everything.

But when days like that come, pajama pants will rescue you. They will make you feel like successful and productive and like you do something other than wipe noses and bums.

DSC_0670These pants, upcycled from a tee that I loved for years but no longer fit, I had begun sewing months ago. [constructed using the DIY baby pants tutorial]DSC_0669Sometimes it’s the quick and easy projects, the ones that are practical and don’t require details, that give you the most satisfaction.
DSC_0229Because I may not sleep at night or have time to take a shower every day, but I made pajama pants. And that, my friends, makes for a good day.

**Psst… Peek-a-boo Patterns has a sweet Thrifty Thursday deal today! The Varsity Cowl Sweatshirt is only $4! [affiliate link]**Varsity_Cowl_Neck_Pullover


Lil’ Long Johns [Peekaboo Pattern Shop Holiday Tour!]

Welcome to day one of the Peekaboo Pattern Shop Holiday Tour!

I was so excited to get to review the Lil’ Long Johns pattern from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. You know those outfits that you put your kids in that just melt you? This is one of those.

[The baby blues might have a little bit to do with the melting, too…]

These jammies are one-piece from top to bottom. With a button placket at the top and an optional snap closure for easy diaper changes.

But since the pattern goes up to size eight [eight! so awesome!], the pattern gives directions for how to make them without the snaps.

I made these from an XXL men’s clearance T-shirt. My plan was to make matching ones for my other kiddos [and I still hope to!], but apparently my prego brain cannot read patterns correctly, and I cut the fabric incorrectly… twice. No fault in the pattern – just blame the baby mama!

Also? Vintage green buttons. Love.

And a blurry picture of the cutest baby bum ever. Eek! So cute!

I’d say that the Lil’ Long Johns pattern falls in the intermediate sewing category. If you’ve done some clothing construction before, you can definitely handle this pattern. And while using a serger would make it faster, you could totally use a regular machine to sew this up. The pattern includes pictures and descriptions to help you follow the directions, which are super helpful. [as long as you don’t have baby-brain taking away your ability to cut fabric correctly..]

Overall, I was really impressed with this pattern. I will definitely be sewing more of these jammies for all my boys!

But what’s a super awesome pattern tour without a super awesome giveaway? Amy of Naptime Crafters and Peek-a-boo Patterns is giving away ALL of her patterns that are in the Holiday Pattern Tour! One lucky winner gets Eek!

You can enter the amazing giveaway at Naptime Crafters by clicking here! [seriously, go do it!]

And if you don’t win, or if you just can’t wait to find out if you won, today is the last day of Peek-a-boo Patterns big sale. And you can get 25% off all week with code: hohoho

And be sure to check out all the other fantastic ladies who are also on tour [I said it like that so I could sound kinda rockstar-ish. Not sure it worked.]

The Sewing Loft
If Only They Would Nap [oh hey, you’re here!]
Nap Time Crafters

Sew Country Chick
Sewing Mama RaeAnna

Melly Sews
Caila Made

Sew a Straight Line
Alida Makes

Sumo’s Sweet Stuff

Quick Flannel Jammies

I’ve busy working on all the things I am going to share with you during Boys Will Be Boys… So Handmake Their Toys [our super awesome handmade gift series!]. But of course, I can’t show you any of that. Yet. But you’re going to love it. Promise.

So I whipped up a couple of quick pairs of flannel pj pants that I can share with you!

Both of these are super simple – two cuts of flannel [each leg is one piece of fabric] and an elastic waistband. And bonus – both fabrics were remnants from Joann’s. One of the best things about sewing for kids – being able to sew an entire garment from a remnant! And both completed within a naptime? Double bonus.

And whoever came up with the idea to put penguins in scarves? Genius. Can’t handle the adorable factor.

KCWC – day 1

Yesterday was one of those days as a parent.  One of those leave after dinner, get a milkshake, and go shopping for fabric kind of days [all while my fabulous hubby gets the kids to bed, I might add]. Yes, one of those days.

But at one point during all the madness, I was able to bust out a quick sew project.

Easy fleece pants… in stop traffic red fabric, which was so proudly selected by this sweet boy, that I just couldn’t say no.

Nothing fancy, but let’s be honest, we’re really not all that fancy around here.

And when a boy puts on his fleece jammie pants in the middle of the day and refuses to take them off [even though it’s too warm to wear them]… that’s better than fancy.

PJ pants [AKA all I have to show for my hours of work]

I have had one of those weeks where every sewing project I have attempted has not turned out.  I blame it on the baby, sucking my brain away as his little body grows bigger.  So, since none of my KCWC efforts have worked out –yet!– I picked up a project I had started quite awhile ago, but never finished.

Matching pajama pants!  These are upcycled from an XXL pair of men’s pajama pants.  I used the hem on the bottom for E’s pants (on the left) and used the existing waistband for Sam’s pants (on the right), including the drawstring.

I love to dress my boys in matching clothes.  I will do it as long as I can get away with it.  And then when we add baby boy number three to the mix, just think of all the matching craziness!  I. Can’t. Wait.

Oh, and last day to enter my giveaway at Shwin&Shwin!