Making Christmas…Pajamas for dolls and girls

The girls with their favorite dolls and matching pajamas

Are you ready to start Making Christmas?

One of my favorite projects last year was sewing flannel pajamas for the girls and their dolls. My friend Dawn and I also made plaid flannel pajama bottoms for the boys, and I made Eldest a matching flannel pillow case with buttons for a large square bed pillow. The pattern below gives you pajama pants for child through adult sizes, so if you wanted you could make the whole family a pair! Look for discount coupons in your mailbox, I often get a coupon for 40% off one item, and if you buy a large cut of flannel to make pajamas for the family it’s pretty inexpensive.

Simplicity Easy-to-sew pattern 3935

We had tons of white flannel with red dots, which went well with tiny red-rickrack for the doll’s nightgowns and pajama sets. Little red or white buttons were just the right touch! The doll clothes fasten with Velcro (no buttonholes) and the girl’s pajamas are a simple elastic waist. We left off the pockets and made the cuffs on the girls’ pants to match the ones on the baby dolls’, so we did change the pattern just a touch from the one that came in the package. We just made a folded cuff, measured the pant leg pieces, and cut them down to fit the new cuff…then we added larger red rickrack as an embellishment. If you end up making the matching pants and want to add the cuffs, it’s easier than it sounds once you make the pants for the dolls.

Doll Pajama sets (bottom right). These fit both Bitty Baby and Youngest’s favorite doll, a Corollel Calin baby doll.

Youngest’s doll, Hanna, and the nightgown for Nellie (Middle Child’s American Girl doll) with Eldest’s pillow behind them.

Detail of Nelli’s nightgown

The nightgown for American Girl dolls comes from the American Girl pattern below. Dawn found the pattern online for free download, the company no longer sells these. If you have a child who loves American Girl doll, this is a great resource for patterns! The link has patterns for many dolls, and each pattern has a variety of great outfits and accessories to sew.

Enjoy! Next post…some links to great resources for crafts. Ideas for kids and adults alike!

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