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Free & Easy Pajama Patterns For All Sizes: {Tops & Pants}

Here’s a nice assortment of patterns and tutorials to make pajamas for sizes baby to adult. You’ll find several for bottoms (shorts and pants), a few tops and a few nightgowns…most of these are super easy to make and suitable for beginner sewers. Many include free pattern piece downloads but most use a top or pant that is the current size of the intended pj-wearer. These make great handmade gifts for Christmas and are enjoyed all year round.

I also added a couple vintage pajama bag patterns (a retro doll and calico cat), you’ll find those at the bottom of the page. Have fun!


Comfy PJ Pants For The Whole Family [1]: Uses a current pair of pants as the template and features an accent cuff and drawstring waist. Suitable for any size (child through adult).

Drawstring Pants [2]: Twill tape drawstring pants with free pattern download (pdf), sizes for small (36-38″ hip); medium (39-41″ hip) and large (42-44″ hip).



Boy’s Pajama Shirt [3]: Example is for boy’s size 2T but a t-shirt is cut up for the pattern pieces so you can adjust as needed. Bias tape trim is used to add a nice pop of color.

Baby/Toddler Pants [4]: One size fits many! Knit bottoms (shorts or pants) with a cute bum applique. Free pattern pieces to download (pdf). Includes references to make a matching top.



Pants With Ruffle Cuffs [5]: Simple flannel pants with elastic waistband, has a quick tutorial for adding ruffles in contrasting fabric on the bottom cuffs (optional).

Pillowcase Nightgowns [6]: Free tutorial download (pdf) that includes pattern pieces (girls 4T but can be adjusted). Ruffle or straight hem.



Cargo Pocket PJ Pants [7]: Drawstring pant with contrasting fabric at the waist and cuffs, pocket on the rear.

15-Minute Jammy Pants [8]: Elastic waistband, made with a bit of clever cutting and folding, uses a current pair of pants as a template.



Pillowcase Shorts [9]: Take advantage of the ready-made hem of a pillowcase to make these quick & easy PJ shorts, elastic at the waist.

Kimono PJs [10]: Detailed measurement instructions are provided so you can make one that fits just right.



Pieced Jersey Pants [11]: Made from old t-shirts, these are suitable for lounging/play pants as well as pajamas.

Lazy Sunday PJs [12]: Tutorial for making both the top and pants, can be made in any size using a current top and pant as templates.



Sweater Jammies [13]: For babies/toddlers, a buttoned sweater/cardigan is transformed into cozy warm jammies.

Simple Women’s Nightie [14]: (top) Made with just a yard & a half of fabric, has spaghetti straps and body piece gathers at the top. Can be made shorter or longer as you like.



Pillowcase Nightgown [15]: Couldn’t be easier to make, made with a pretty pillowcase and stretch lace (2 – 2 1/2″ wide).

Summer Nightgown [16]: Another charmer for girls made with a pillowcase, this one features a split bodice and sleeve. Pattern available in several sizes (3-4; 5-6; 7-8). Free pdf download.



His & Hers PJ Shorts [17]: Pattern template is made with an existing pair of shorts, casing at the waist holds a drawcord or ribbon to tie in place.

Vintage Bed Sheets [18]: No hemming! Pick out an old sheet from the linen closet and whip up a pair of cozy bottoms.



Ruffled or Cuffed [19]: This shows how to finish already made lounge pants (either a ruffle or cuff).

Retro Doll Bag

*First published October 8, 2010 and moved to this page for better organization

Size: 44″ long


Use 1/2″ seams except on zipper.


For cosmetic bag, cut 7″ x 16″ print strip. Fold over 4″ at one end, right sides together, for double flap. Seam sides; clip seam allowances and turn. Hem other end of strip. Turn in side seam allowances, fold up 4″ and topstitch seams. Attach snaps and 12″ chain to bag.

Source: Woman’s Day Magazine (1960’s)

Calico Cat Bag

*First published June 22, 2011 and moved to this page for better organization

Here’s a sweet vintage pattern from my collection for making a child’s pajama bag or laundry bag that was published by the National Cotton Council and Wright’s Trims. Pattern pamphlet was titled “Easy Gifts To Make” and there’s no date marked anywhere but I believe this is from the 1950s.

Calico Cat Bag

The bag is made with printed fabric and trimmed with bias tape around all the edges. There’s a loop on top of the head for hanging and bias tape is used to define the front legs and paws.

Crafty bits are put to use for the facial features, rick rack for the eyelashes, a felt scrap for the nose and pretty ribbon is tied around the neck for a bow. The head is stuffed lightly with cotton batting and the body of the bag is used to hold garments (there’s a slit opening at the back). The tail is a bias tape covered pipe cleaner.

I’ve typed out the details below and scanned a copy of the pattern for you to download at the bottom (via jpg file). Here are the instructions:

Supplies You’ll Need:

Directions For Making:

There are no pattern pieces but they are simple shapes and the diagram is nicely detailed with measurements so it’s easy enough to make your own (this is common for vintage patterns). Here’s the jpg file to download, simply click the image to view the larger size, right click on it and then save it to your computer’s desktop (it will print small, select “fit to page” in your printer options and you’ll be able to read it easily):

Pattern Diagram - Click Image To Download Larger Size