Mens Pajama Pants Pattern: Easy Beginner Sewing Tutorial

Mens Pajama Pants Pattern: Easy Beginner Sewing Tutorial

Make lounge pants with this free men’s pajama sewing pattern and sewing tutorial. The DIY instructions include video for beginners.

Sew Mens Pajama Pants Pattern and video tutorial

Hey y’all, today I’m sharing a mens pajama pants pattern and tutorial. Best of all, you can make these DIY lounge pants with a free sewing pattern! I’m also including both a video and written tutorial which makes this a perfect sewing project for beginners to working with stretch fabrics.

Man wearing gray t-shirt and dark red knit fabric pajama pants sewn at home

Every year for the last 8 years I’ve made pajamas for my kids and their cousins, and then we take a picture of them in their matching PJs for their grandparents for Christmas. As some of the cousins are now teens, we’re getting into adult sizes and it was time to sew up a mens pj pants pattern. My kids and their cousins prefer the comfort of stretch knit fabric, so this year I used cotton spandex solid color knit to make their pants. I also added side seam pockets and an optional drawstring to the elastic waistband of these. And then I tested my first pair on the Coach, since he’s a better sport than the grumpy teenage kids.

Close up of mans waist with his hand in the pocket of his pajama pants

Pajama Pants Sizing

The free pajama pattern I’m sharing in this post is a men’s size medium, drafted for waist 31-34 inches and hips 37-40 inches with a 31 inch inseam and 3-4 inches of ease at the hips. I also share how to re-size these pants in the video tutorial. If instead you’d like to make these for women, you likely can, just adapt to the measurements needed. The chart below references men’s measurements so you can size up or down as needed. The measurements in the charts are the largest measurement for each size and are listed in inches.

Small Medium Large XL 2X
Waist 30 34 38 42 46
Hips 36 40 43 46 50
Flat lay of stretch fabric lounge pants to sew

Materials to Make Pajama Pants

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To make your own men’s pajama pants, you’ll need the following materials:

  • 1 1/3 yards of 58/60″ wide stretch knit. Note that this pattern is drafted for stretch fabrics, so if you want to use a woven fabric like flannel instead I suggest you size up 1 size.
  • 1 to 1 1/2 yards of 1 inch wide elastic, depending on your size. You’ll need elastic equal to the waist measurement for the size you’re sewing.
  • If you’d like to add a drawstring, then you need twill tape or grosgrain ribbon equal to the length of the waist for the size below the one you’re making. If you’re sewing a size small, use 26 inches of twill tape or ribbon.
  • Sewing machine that can sew a stretch stitch, needle, thread, etc.
  • Safety pin or bodkin (affiliate link) to install elastic and drawstring
  • The pattern (see below)

If you’ve never sewn with stretch fabrics before. you might want to check out these posts. This one will help you choose the right knit fabric. Check this post for help with stretch stitches. And this one will help you when you get to the pants hems.

Man wearing a t-shirt and pj pants and house slippers

How to Get the Free Pajama Pants Pattern

As has been noted above, the pattern for these pj pants is a men’s size medium with re-sizing instructions.

To get this pattern, you must either be a free newsletter subscriber or have purchased a gallery access pass. Then click your preferred option from the buttons below. Existing newsletter subscribers should look at the bottom of the most recent Friday newsletter for the current free pattern gallery password. If you purchased the all access pass you’ll log in to your shop account to download the pattern. Note that the free version of the pattern does not have printable instructions so you’ll need to refer to this post for instructions.

Lounge Pants Written Sewing Instructions

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Sew Adult Pajama Pants

  1. Cut out the pattern

    Cut 2 front legs, 2 back legs, and 4 pockets. Make sure you’ve cut mirror images. Also cut two 12 inch by 1 inch pieces of fabric parallel to the selvedge edge for the drawstring ties.

  2. Sew the crotch seams

    Place the pants fronts right sides together. Stitch the curved center front crotch seam. Leave a 1/2 – 3/4 inch wide gap in the seam about 2 inches down from the raw waist edge. This gap will eventually be for the drawstring, and you can skip it if you don’t want a drawstring. Repeat with back pieces, but omit leaving a gap.

  3. Sew pockets

    Open the front of the pants and place pocket pieces right sides together with the side seams, Make sure they are 1 1/2 inches below the waist edge, and then stitch the pockets to the side seams. Repeat with pants back.

  4. Sew side seams

    Place pants front and pants back right sides together. Stitch down the waist, across the top of the pocket, around the pocket and back on to the side seam, and down the side seam. Repeat on other side.

  5. Stitch inseam

    Match the front and back crotch seams and sew across the inseams up one leg and down the other.

  6. Fold and sew waist casing

    Press open the center front seam if you are adding a drawstring. Press the pockets toward the front of the pants. Next, fold the waist casing down 1 1/2 inches so that the edge covers the tops of the pockets. Stitch waistband casing close to the raw edge.

  7. Hem pants

    Fold the pants hems up 1 inch to the wrong side and stitch.

  8. Insert elastic

    Use a bodkin or safety pin to insert the elastic through the gap in the front seam. Next, overlap the ends of the elastic and zig-zag stitch together. Stretch the waistband a few times to distribute the elastic evenly.

  9. Sew the drawstring

    Sew the drawstring ties to the ends of the twill tape with a zig zag stitch. Then, using the bodkin or safety pin, insert the drawstring through the casing on top of the elastic. Finally, knot the ends of the drawstring.

And you’re finished sewing pajamas! Now if you’re me, you just need to sew 6 more pairs and then wrangle some kids ages 4-18 into a picture, lol!

Man's legs clad in home sewn maroon lounge pants sitting on a bed

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How to Sew a Zip Up Hoodie with Pattern and Video Tutorial

How to Sew a Zip Up Hoodie with Pattern and Video Tutorial

Follow the easy step by step directions to learn how to sew a zippered hoodie. Includes video tutorial for visual learners.

How to sew a zip up hoodie - DIY tutorial  for a zippered sweatshirt

Hey y’all, today I’m sharing a hack to my free hoodie pattern and showing you how to sew a zip up hoodie instead of a pullover hoodie. This zipper sweatshirt has front kangaroo pockets, a soft hood, and if you sew it in sweatshirt fleece fabric it’s the perfect cozy garment. In fact, it’s so perfect I made myself and the Coach each one. Though, like the pullover version, I reserve the right to borrow his at will, lol!

Woman in a black zip up hoodie stands next to a man in a gray zippered hoody

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Want to make your own hoodie? You’ll need these supplies (affiliate links):

  • About 2 1/2 yards sweatshirt fleece.  Make sure this stretches at least 10% widthwise, 30% for the cuffs and hem band
  • 1/4 yard rib knit for the cuffs and waistband
  • A separating zipper to match the center front length of your hoodie (more on that below)
  • Sewing machine with a zipper foot
  • The hoodie sewing pattern – see below

The free men’s hoodie pattern is for a size 36-38 inch chest ONLY. If you need a different size, you can grade up or down as shown in this post or you can purchase the multi-sized pattern here. As a note, my bust is 34 inches, so you can see how it fits oversized and how this pattern works as a unisex sweatshirt.

Click your preferred option below to get the free pattern as a newsletter subscriber or buy the multi-sized pattern with printable instructions. The pattern for purchase is the Conroe Sweatshirt, and it will fit chest/bust sizes 31-60″.

Please note that all my free patterns are licensed for personal use only (no selling items made from them unless you purchase the pattern) and by downloading you are agreeing to this license.

Gray zippered sweatshirt on a women's dress form

How to Sew a Zippered Sweatshirt

Watch the video below or on YouTube here to see how I sew a zipper hoodie. If you prefer written instructions, scroll below the video.

Modify the Pattern

The first step to sew a zippered sweater from a pattern for a pullover sweatshirt is to modify the pattern. Do this by adding 1/2″ seam allowance to the center front and the fold line of the pocket. Then cut two mirrored fronts and two mirrored pockets. Cut the back, hem band, sleeves, cuffs and hood according to the original pattern.

How to modify a pullover hoodie pattern to sew a zip up hoodie

Sew the Hoodie

Sew the pattern according to the pullover instructions with the following modifications:

  1. Skip hood sewing until after zipper insertion
  2. Sew two pockets to two fronts. The center line of each pocket should align with the center front raw edge.
  3. Sew shoulder seams, side seams, sleeves and cuffs according to the original pattern
  4. Do not sew the bottom band in a loop. Fold it in half, wrong sides together, matching the long edges. Align the folded short ends with the center fronts, and stretch the hem band slightly so that it lays flat against the sweatshirt as you sew it to the bottom edge. You should be stitching through three layers.

Insert the Zipper

Now you’re ready to insert the zipper. First make sure your separating zipper is the same length as your center front plus hem band, minus the neckline seam allowance. If you need to shorten the zipper, check out this post for instructions and a video. That post shows how to shorten both metal and molded plastic separating zippers.

Illustration to measure zipper length for a hoodie

Once your zipper is the correct length, lay it right sides together with one of the front pieces. Your zipper stop should be just below the neck seam allowance line. Baste the zipper in place. On the back of the zipper, on the other side of the tape, mark lines even with the top of the pocket and the hem band seam. Separate the zipper, then match the other half right sides together with the other front piece. Match your marks to the top of the pocket and the hem band seam. Baste this half of the zipper in place.

Illustration showing how to baste in a separating zipper

After the zipper is basted, zip up the hoodie to double check that your pockets and hem band seam will match across the front. If they don’t, pull out your basting stitches and try again. If they do, unzip and then stitch each half of the zipper in place with a straight close to the zipper teeth and right sides together.

Turn each half of the zipper so that the teeth face the center. Topstitch close to the zipper teeth with a straight stitch. This will help keep the zipper tape turned to the inside of the hoodie.

Finishing the Hood

Finally, sew the hood pieces right sides together. Match the hood seam with the center top of the back piece at the neckline, right sides together. Leave the casing allowance hanging past each neckline edge at center front. Stitch the hood to the jacket along the neckline using a stretch stitch (I used a serger).

Wrap the hood casing amount around the top of the zipper tape at center front. Continue folding the hood casing all along the face edge of the hood. Stitch the casing.

Close up of the top of a zipper on a gray hoodie

And now you’re finished! Enjoy your zip up hoodie.

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