My fabric has started to take over my sewing room. This is a problem because my sewing room is really the formal dining room in my house, so it’s a very public room! I tend to buy nice fabric and then…hoard it. Yep, I don’t want to use my precious x, y, z fabric because I really just like to look at it?? Hello, I’ll just put that quarter in the therapy jar! Anyway, moving on!
When the Pajama Party Blog Tour came up, I knew I’d love to be a part of it because one thing that I love making out my favorite fabrics is PAJAMA PANTS. Mustaches in organic knit from Birch Fabrics? Check. Custom print mermaids? Check. I do it ALL the time because (hopefully) I’m not going to grow out of my favorite pajama pants! 🙂 I get SO much joy from putting on these pants too. And, seriously, have you sewn a pair from cheap interlock from JoAnn’s and then sewn up the same pattern in something much nicer (like the Birch knits)?? While I love a good sale, I also know that more often than not, I get what I pay for!
So, I started planning all of my pajamas when my 9 year old started showing more interest in actually following a pattern. In the past, she has sewn little bits of scraps together and made clothes and stuffies for her dolls, but she hasn’t really been interested in following a pattern. After being inspired from a picture one of our members posted in the Facebook group that showed a bunch of students sewing up our free pajama pants pattern for their mother’s day gift, I brought up the idea to my daughter and she jumped at it.
The Versatility Tank and Pants (for women and kids) is such a quick pattern! 3 seams and you’re ready to put the elastic (or yoga band) on the pants. It took longer for my daughter to tape the pattern together and cut it out than it did for her to sew it. She picked out a super cute panda print from my stash and a lime green contrast for her yoga band. She was a little nervous with my new serger, so she opted to sit in my lap while I explained everything to her. Today, she was in there making baby doll clothes without any assistance from me! In the end, she was thrilled with her new pajama pants and very proud of doing it by herself. Her new pants led to the other kids picking out fabric. I let the twins “help” by sitting in my lap while I sewed theirs up. They both picked Christmas fabric and then rocked their new pants during daylight hours. (They are beacons of fashion. I don’t dress them!) 🙂 As soon as any of them tried their new pants on, they wouldn’t take them off again to let me hem them!
I implore you to share your love of sewing with your kids, grandkids, neighbors, schoolkids, anyone really. I find sewing to be such a meditative time for me. While my daughter still gets a little stressed out by failing (today the serger cut into the shirt she was working on), she is learning to stick with it and keep trying.
Thanks for taking the time to read! Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour and enter the giveaways!
There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour!
Along with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Create 3.5 to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway!
We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes:
Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st!
PhatQuarters is offering 10% off OR FREE shipping to US addresses on orders over 40$ US (with an equivalent discount for international shoppers). Use the code PHAT10 for 10% off OR FREE40 for free shipping to US.
Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code PJPARTYTOUR. Good through March 26th!
Tangled Blossoms Designs is offering 10% off with the code PJPARTY. Code expires March 25th!
And now for today’s giveaway!
Today’s prize is sponsored by Serger Pepper and Pollywoggles. You could win 1 pattern of your choice from both shops! Visit Serger Pepper and Pollywoggles to see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 23rd at 11:59pm EST. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 8 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 24th and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen.
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Want to win more prizes? Visit Lulu & Celeste tomorrow to see what new prizes will be up for grabs as well as see the previews for tomorrow’s bloggers. You still have time to enter yesterday’s giveaway! Go to Sprouting JubeJube’s post from yesterday to enter the giveaway that ends at 11:59pm EST tonight (March 22nd)!
Missed a stop on the tour? The full schedule is below:
Monday, March 21st
Sew Far North | The Wholesome Mama | From-a-Box | Pattern Revolution | Inspinration | Paisley Roots
Tuesday, March 22nd
Sprouting JubeJube | 5 Out Of 4 | Sew Happily Ever After | Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Connected by A Thread
Wednesday, March 23rd
Create 3.5 | Handmade Boy | HattieLu Handmade | Made by Melli | The Crafting Fiend | Sweeter Than Cupcakes
Thursday, March 24th
Lulu & Celeste | Sew Starly | Phat Quarters | Pear Berry Lane | Rebel & Malice | Creative Counselor
Friday, March 25th
Made By Jaime | Mae & K | Mabel Madison | SewSophiLynn | Amazing Adventures of Bubba & Bug | MahlicaDesigns
[…] Jessica even did a blog post a couple years ago sewing up the FREE Pajama Pants with one of her kids. You can find that post HERE. […]
So cute! It’s awesome that your 9 year old sewed them up herself! I’m trying to get my 6 year old interested but she gives up easily when she gets frustrated. My girls are little “beacons of fashion” too, lol. Thank you for taking part in the tour!
Mary Ann says
My 3 year old is in PJs at noon. Some battles are not with fighting! (Especially if they are in cute mommy made pjs)
Jona L. says
Oh I so get the need for a clean sewing room! My sewing area is the living room which is all part of one big room with the dining room. No hiding the mess from guests!
Tia Ranieri says
I love those brown and green pajama pants! Your 9 year old did an awesome job! I have an 8 and 11 year old (both girls) that love to sew. My 2 younger daughters are getting into it too but don’t really use the machine.
Cassy Gobin says
I love that they picked out Christmas fabric and you went with it! Way to go!
Linda Rose says
How sweet that she made them herself! Very impressive!
Love this! Your daughter did a wonderful job!
Leah J says
it’s so awesome to be able to share our love of sewing with our kiddos. I have just started with my own daughter. She’s 4 & sits on my lap to stitch some.
This inspires me to introduce PDF patterns to the kids in my sewing class! Thanks.
Tina Voth says
My daughter is currently learning how to sew, pjs might just be the perfect beginner project!
Judith Martinez says
I have a huge stash problem as well. Mine is all in storage at the moment and I really, really need to start sewing again so I can use up some of it.
Love love love involving the kids and grands in sewing! Last week, my 2 y.o. Grand love bug took the measuring tape away and said “your turn” then proceeded to measure me lol I have 20″ wrists, 4″ long arms,(yup popeye) a 22″ waist, 33″ hips and a 13 inch “booty” lol that was actually the first time she’d used double digits. Hopefully next time she measures me, I won’t be in the tripple digits LOL
Courtney Zadik says
How fun! My daughter is 8 and we have been slowly working on teaching sewing with her.