Time for the annual unveiling of the Cousin Christmas Pajamas! Every year, my mom and I get together and make matching pajamas for all of her grandkids. This year, that meant ten PJs for kids 1 through 14. We decided to go more simple this year, and just do fleece bottoms and buy the tee shirts. So we hit Jo-Ann Stores looking for festive fleece. We found a few options, but my mom was really drawn to this Tootsie Roll fleece from the Retro Candy line. My mom always has Tootsie Rolls and Life Savers. Always. This fabric was just too perfect a print for something from Grandma. So we bought up ten yards, and headed home to start pumping out some fleece pants. Super simple stuff. Except the idea of buying tee shirts was just bugging me. I mean, who buys clothes these days, right?! So, I headed back to Jo-Ann Stores and picked up a few yards of this insanely soft knit in ivory and red, and informed my mom we would be making the tee shirts. Good thing she’s a good sport.
The pattern for the pants was Simplicity 5271, and we also used that same pattern for the biggest tee. The other tees were all made using Peek-A-Boo Pattern’s Grand Slam tee shirt (affiliate). Because we were doing all the same style for everyone, boys and girls, babies and teen, we were able to sew everything assembly-line style and it all went fairly quick.
To add a bit more of a festive, personal touch to the PJs, I decided to make some custom tags. I used Picmonkey (a free image-editing site) to make the basic template, then added individual sizes in Picasa before printing out. I printed the tags using Transfer Artist Paper, or TAP, in a mirror image. Love this stuff. It’s a bit more pricey than other iron-on paper, but so worth it. And if you use the coupon at the end of this post, it’s half off! WOOT! Then I just had to iron each tag onto the inside neckline of each top, and we have some personalized Christmas pajamas ready for Christmas Eve.
I’ve included the blank tag template for you in this post. Just right click and save. You can either use a photo editing program to add a name or size, or you could write that info directly on the printed tag. Just make sure to write it backwards if you’re waiting to add after it prints. It would also be super simple to use the tag template as a gift tag, too. Just print on cardstock, not mirror image.
I can’t wait for Christmas Eve, for the kids to open their pajamas from PJ Elf (how my mom always signs the wrapped PJs). All the kids get so excited and it has really become one of all of our favorite traditions.
Here is your 50% off coupon to pick up any last-minute holiday needs. Also, be sure to check out all kinds of fabulously festive holiday fun in the online Jo-Ann catalog and on social media under the hashtag #fabulouslyfestive.
And just for fun, previous homemade Cousin Christmas Pajamas:
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I was compensated for participating in the Jo-Ann Holiday campaign. But we were making the PJs with Jo-Ann fabric anyway, so it was really just a win-win for me! Thanks, Jo-Ann Stores!