Make Matching Pajamas with Patterns to Sew for the Family

Make Matching Pajamas with Patterns to Sew for the Family


You can make matching family pajamas for Christmas. Find easy patterns to sew family pajamas here

Patterns to Make Matching Pajamas for kids, men, and women

Hey y’all, today I’m sharing some of my favorite patterns to make matching pajamas. Sewing new pajamas for my kids and their cousins and then taking pictures of them is one of our favorite Christmas traditions. With a lot of people in a range of sizes, it has been easier for me to sew each kid a pj set rather than try to buy them. It’s also simpler to coordinate PJs than outfits for family pictures in my opinion. And after nine years of sewing sets for this growing group, I’ve got some tried and true patterns and techniques to speed through the holiday season pjs sewing.

Another reason I prefer to make matching pajamas is that it gives me an opportunity to coordinate the fabric instead of matching it sometimes. We often like to coordinate fabrics between cousins and match siblings to each other. So one set might be Santa and another reindeer and the third group snowman. One of these years I want to do different holiday stripes. Another year I want to do mix and match plaids. And then other years (like this one) it’s more fun to make all the kids jammies in the same fabric. I’m using a classic red fabric for everyone but different sewing patterns depending on the styles each person prefers.

Woman wearing raglan long sleeve shirt and PJ pants set

Being able to customize matching Christmas pajamas based on style preferences helps me get the whole family on board with this holiday tradition. That and I remind them that their grandmother looks forward to their pajama pics every year. So keep reading for pattern options (many of them free sewing patterns) to make pajama sets in festive prints that will have everyone feeling cozy.

Patterns to Make Family Christmas Pajamas

Wanna know a secret? These pajamas for Christmas are easy to make! DIY Sew knit kids Christmas pajamas - with FREE pattern! - Melly Sews

If your kids are little, these stretchy and fitted pajamas are the perfect way to greet Christmas morning. The ones in the picture above are sewn up in cotton spandex knit. Check out the tutorial and find out how to get this pattern here.

Pyjama Gift Sets

Sew Pajama Pants Gift Sets - Melly Sews

Some years to speed up the process for myself I just sew pajama pants and we buy the kids plain crew neck t-shirts to wear on top. This year I’m making the store bought tees match with graphics cut on my Cricut machine. I’m sure I’ll share them on Instagram, so follow here to see them. If you want to make gift sets of family Christmas pajamas, here are instructions for both how to make the pajama pants and how to make the drawstring bags to gift them in.

Pajamas for Mom

Draft a Pajama Pattern with Melly Sews

Here’s a post on how to make a pajama pants pattern for Mom by copying a favorite pair. Or if you prefer not to draft your own, you can use the Spearmint Set pattern from my shop (shown below) and save that time. Bonus – that pattern comes with the top, too!

Woman wearing raglan long sleeve shirt and PJ pants set

PJs for Dad

Sew Mens Pajama Pants Pattern and video tutorial

And don’t forget about Dad! These lounge pants are the perfect pair for Dad’s comfort. And they also come with a free pattern and details for re-sizing it. You can top them with a t-shirt or sew this men’s button up shirt in matching fabric.

Matching Bow Ties for Pets

How to Sew a Dog Bow Tie - Tutorial for a collar bow

Finally, it you make matching pajamas yourself, you end up with fabric scraps. And those are perfect for sewing bow ties to match the pets, like I share in this post. So there you go, those are all my favorite patterns for sewing up pajamas.

How to Sew Pajamas Quickly

It’s a given that the holidays mean less time. So it may seem stressful to add on sewing pajamas to the to-do list. I have two magic words that get me through it – batch sewing. Check out the post below with all my tips on how to sew through all the pajamas as quickly as possible, including how I sew in batches.

How to Sew Faster title on image of hands holding fabric speeding through a sewing machine

My typical routine at this point is 2-3 hours a day over 2-3 days to get all 7 pairs done for my 3 kids and 4 nieces and nephews. I spend one day printing and cutting the pattern pieces, then another sewing. Sometimes I stop when I get to the point that casings need to be made and save that for the 3rd day, where all I do is iron casings and insert elastic so I can be done.

One more tip: a good audiobook or podcast helps me power through all that cutting and sewing. You can check out my best book lists here, here and here for book ideas. For podcasts, if you haven’t listend to Articles of Interest I love that one while I’m sewing. All the episodes are about the history and culture that influences items of clothing, and I find them fascinating.





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A Detailed Guide To Sew A Free Peasant Top Pattern

A Detailed Guide To Sew A Free Peasant Top Pattern


Learn to sew a peasant top pattern for women. This free peasant blouse sewing pattern is easy to make and wear.

How to sew a peasant top with a free sewing pattern for women

Hey y’all, today I’m going to show you how to sew a peasant top pattern. I’m also sharing a free pattern, video tutorial and a couple of variations of this peasant top pattern. It was bound to happen eventually…kind of like the Pillowcase Dress, how to sew a peasant blouse is another of the most searched for and requested tutorials on sewing blogs, including this one.

Belted Women's Peasant Top Pattern - Sew a Peasant Top - Melly Sews

I think peasant blouses are popular because they’re loose and fit a lot of figures without having to do bust adjustments or other fitting. So, today I’m sharing a free pattern for my women’s peasant top. I even used this pattern to make the cropped and off the shoulder version below.

Cropped peasant top pattern

Best Peasant Top Fabrics

Fabrics with a lot of drape work best for this style of top. Otherwise it can look rather tent like. The examples in this post are sewn from cotton voile (white cropped version) rayon challis (red waist length version) and polyester crepe (navy blue version). Stretch fabrics can also work well, just be careful of the weight. Lightweight knits are best. Other suitable fabrics include gauze, lawn, batiste, silk charmeuse, lightweight linen, etc.

The versions of the pattern in this post have an elastic neck. But you can also do a drawstring neck like I did in the blue short sleeve version featured in this Reel (it’s the dark blue geometric print) or elastic shirring like I did in the dress version I made featured in this post.

Woman in a waist length peasant top

Materials to Sew a Peasant Top

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To make your top, you’ll need:

  • 2 yards of 60″ wide fabric. Make it 2 1/2 yards if your fabric is 45″ wide.
  • 1 yard of 1/2″ wide single fold bias tape
  • 1 yard of 3/8″ or 1/4″ inch wide elastic
  • Safety pin or bodkin (affiliate link) to pull the elastic through the casings. Note that while I love my bodkin, mine is too wide to pull through the narrow casing on this pattern. Other bodkin styles might work better.
  • optional – elastic thread (affiliate link)
  • The pdf pattern, see below
Woman in a peasant top and jeans outfit

How to Get the Free Downloadable PDF Pattern

The pattern is in a women’s size 36″ hips. The hip measurement is actually the most important here, since there’s lots of gathering and ease around the bust.  If you need to make the pattern bigger or smaller, check out this post.
To get this pattern, click your preferred option from the buttons below as a newsletter subscriber or gallery access pass purchaser. Note that the free version of the pattern does not have printable instructions.

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

Women's Peasant Top Pattern - Sew a Peasant Top - Melly Sews

How to Sew a Peasant Top Sewing Pattern

To sew your peasant blouse, watch the video below or on YouTube here if it won’t load below for some reason. Or scroll below the video for written instructions.

So, print and cut out your pattern pieces. Need help with printing? Check this post.

In the video above, I used French seam finishes. This post has more details on French seaming.

To assemble the shirt, first pin the front edge of the sleeve piece to the bodice front, right sides together. Repeat with the other sleeve on the other side of the front. Stitch and finish the seams. I used French seams to sew mine.

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Step 1 finished - Women's Peasant Top Pattern - Sew a Peasant Top - Melly Sews

Then pin the back sleeve edges to the bodice back right sides together. Stitch and finish the seams.

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Fold the shirt in half, right sides together, matching the underarm seams. Stitch down the sleeve and side seams in one long seam and finish the seams.

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Unfold bias tape and pin right sides together to the neck edge of the shirt. Start at center back, and fold the short raw edge of the bias tape up 1/4″. Pin around the neckline until you get back to your starting point, fold the bias tape so it meets the fold you made to begin with, and then cut off the excess. Stitch around the neckline in the fold closest to the raw edge.

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Close up of step 4 - Women's Peasant Top Pattern - Sew a Peasant Top - Melly Sews

Turn the bias tape to the inside of the neckline and press. Stitch as close as possible to the free edge of the tape to secure it in place.

Step 5 - Women's Peasant Top Pattern - Sew a Peasant Top - Melly Sews

Cut 23 -26″ of elastic – the longer your elastic, the lower cut and/or wider in the shoulders your shirt will hang. Thread the elastic through the casing made by the bias tape.

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Hem the bottom and sleeves by folding fabric to the wrong side 1/4″ twice.

To gather the sleeves, you can either sew in a bias tape casing like you did for the neckline, or use elastic thread. If you choose to do a casing, sew 1″ from the sleeve hems. If you want to use elastic thread, wind it on your bobbin (hand wind if you have a side loading bobbin, machine wind if you have a drop in bobbin) and use a long stitch length, then sew 2-3 rows 1/2″ in from the sleeve hem. This post shows how you shirr with elastic thread if you’ve never done it before.

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MORE PEASANT TOP STYLING CAVEATS

  • Peasant tops often look best with a belt.  So you look like you have a waist. You can play with both skinny and wide belts, but definitely try one
  • Since this top has a lot of volume, keep the bottoms slim. Skinny jeans, leggings, a pencil skirt – all of these work well with a peasant top.
  • Play with sleeve length. Since we’re going into fall, I wanted an elbow sleeve, but short or long sleeves can also look nice. You might not even want to gather the sleeves – bell sleeves in both long and short lengths can be fun too.
  • If you’re up for it, you can even try wearing this top off the shoulder. Opt for longer elastic if that’s your plan.
  • Consider adding a  placket – you can do it like this tutorial, and then add a drawstring instead of elastic to tie it in front. You don’t even have to do buttonholes if you make the placket fairly short.
  • But please, please, don’t add ruffles to the neckline. You run the risk of looking clownish. Especially if the ruffles are wide.
Red print peasant blouse and custom embroidered jeans outfit
Women's Peasant Top Pattern - Sew a Peasant Top - Melly Sews





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