A week until Christmas, which means it’s time to share this 2014’s Cousin Christmas Pajamas! YAY!
Every year for the past five years, my mom and I have gotten together and made matching pajamas for all her grandkids. It is one of my very favorite traditions, and also one that I am super glad we only do once a year! At last year’s PJ-opening on Christmas Eve (when she gives the kids their PJs, labeled from “PJ Elf”), my sister requested, half-joking, that the next year we should do old-timey-style long johns, complete with bum flap. So…
We actually only have ten kids to wear them right now. One of my sisters is due with a baby less than two weeks after Christmas, though, so we wanted to be prepared just in case the little one makes an early appearance. Plus, tiny long johns!
We used Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop’s Lil’ Long John pattern (affiliate links) for ten of the PJs. The pattern is fabulous, with a size range of newborn through a child’s 12. The littlest sizes include crotch snaps, making thing easy for diaper changes.
And of course, includes the bum flaps! The flaps are just decorative, there is no hole under them, which my mom and I decided was a probably a very good thing.
For the eleventh pair, for my 15-year old nephew, I drafted a long john pattern using the Peek A Boo pattern as direct inspiration. I’m super nervous about the fit. We changed the pattern for all the PJs only slightly. We extended the front opening, and the placket further down the body of the PJs, to just above the crotch. We just liked the look better and thought it would make for easier dressing and restroom needs. And I decided I had no desire to sew all the button holes, and then all the buttons, this many PJs would require, so we went with metal ring spring snaps. I have a KAM snap press, and we ordered the snaps from www.kamsnaps.com
The Christmas PJs always end up being my kids’ favorite PJs, and the previous years’ have all been passed on down from kid to kid. From past experience, I’ve learned we need to clearly label the PJs, to make laundry and sorting to the right kid easier. Last year I added tags with the kids’ ages, instead of sizes, and I liked that better for some reason. So I did it again this year; adding a square of jersey knit stamped with ages in fabric paint at the inside center back. I really, really, really love the way the tags look. Like, really.
The red thermal knit came from Fabric.com. We ordered 16 yards of it, which was fun to unroll and drape all over two rooms of my house while Ivy played Queen-of-the-Red-Carpet one afternoon. But we have at least three yards leftover. It was much wider than I had expected (I never remember to check widths when ordering), but better too much than too little, right?
Now to wait for Christmas Eve and to see all the kids in their long johns. Fingers crossed they fit, especially that really long pair at the far left! You can see all the past years’ PJs HERE