Unisex Pajama Pattern And Tutorial, Free… For Now: Part One

unisex pajama patternThis Unisex Pajama Pattern is part of a new storyboard that I will be sharing with you called “Feelings”.  It's made up of clothes that either match or improve your state-of-mind.  With this pajama pattern, we will be focusing on comfort and warmth.

This is Part 1 of the pajamas in which we make the pajama top.  There will be a subsequent Part 2 where we will make the pajama bottoms to match.

unisex pajama patternI decided on this design because it seems like it's cold everywhere (even in Singapore if you can believe it).  It'll be 23 °C (73.4°F) tonight, so I will be leaving the windows and doors wide open 🙂 .  Everyone, including my daughter, seems to be getting the flu too, so why not make things more comfortable with a new pair of PJs?

The key to this pattern is the fabric you choose to use.  Use silk for a luxurious feeling, flannel for winter comfort, or cotton for a Sunday morning breakfast.  I've provided examples of each of these in the fabric recommendations below.

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Another important detail will be the piping on this unisex pajama pattern.  Therefore, I would push this project up to the Intermediate Level of difficulty.  If you are a beginner sewist and still want to make these pajamas, avoid working with the piping and make sure you own a serger.  You may want to wait for the video to come out to help complete this project.  But, by all means, go ahead and push yourself if you want a challenge.  I would never discourage anyone from trying and pushing out of your comfort zone.

unisex pajama pattern

More than a year ago I wrote a tutorial on how to apply piping to a collar the super easy way but I never shared the cape coat pattern with you that was part of the tutorial.  If capes are your thing, do let me know in the comments below and I'll get it ready to release.

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The fabric I have used a plaid 100% cotton flannel.  I washed and dried the fabric in the dryer before I started, both to remove some of the fuzz and to shrink the fabric.  I bought 4.5 meters because I am planning to make both top and bottom for my son.

unisex pajama pattern

The pattern has no seam allowance so be sure to add the seam allowance according to your level of expertize.  Beginners please add 3/4 to  5/8″ (1.5cm), Intermediate to Advanced add 1/4″ to 3/8″ (1cm).

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  • 2 1/4 yards to 3 yards of crepe de chine, cotton batiste or cotton flannel
  • Piping
  • Thread to match
  • 4 cover buttons or normal buttons of 18mm diameter
  • 1 yard of thin fusible interfacing


Fabric Recommendations

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The FREE sewing pattern along with detailed PDF instructions are available on Craftsy.com.

You can download it FREE there.


Pattern Layout

Unisex Pajama Pattern Finished Measurements

Chest 43 45 46.5 48 50
Length 30 30.5 31 31.5 32
Sleeve 23 23 23 23 24

Choose your size according to your preference for the amount of ease you want to be able to sleep comfortably.  Add 1-inch hem allowance to the sleeves and front and back pieces.

How To Sew Your Pajamas

The first thing you need to do is to apply fusible interfacing to these places; one of the collar pieces, the front facings, and two of the four pocket sides. (This bit is optional since these pajamas don't have to have pockets).

Piping is optional in this project. However, piping offers a touch of elegance found in more expensive garments.  The following sewing technique is similar to a factory way of sewing.

Apply Piping To The Collar, Pocket And Front Pieces

There is no easy way to apply piping to a corner, however, I will show you what I think it the best way.  When applying piping to a corner, the corner will have to be left a bit rounded.  The key is to make the corner as small as possible.

Use a ruler to find the pivot point between the seam allowances.  In my case is 3/8″.

Mark the corner of the collar. Pin the edge of the tape on top of the collar.

Sew until the corner, leave the needle down and pivot the corner.  Cut a slit in the piping tape but not on the fabric of the collar.  Repeat on the other corner of the collar.   

Sewing The Pockets

We will need to use the same technique to apply the piping to the pocket.  Apply the piping the same way as above with only one change to the curves of the pockets as is shown below.

Slash the tape of the piping to be able to bend the piping around the corner.

Place the other side of the pockets prints sides together.  Sew from the bottom of the pocket to the corner then the other and down again.  Leave a gap of one inch to turn the pocket around.

Iron. Place the pocket on the front piece. Use your pattern for placement or as you like.  I tried to match the plaid prints so I had to move it a bit towards the sides. 

Assembling Your Pajamas

Sewing the facing (make sure it has fusible interfacing).

  1. Serge the curved edge of the front facing and the shoulder.  If you do not have a serger use your zigzag then fold the zigzag edge. 
  2. Place the front piece print side up.  Place the front facing print side down on top of the front piece.  Sew the front facing to the front of the pajamas.
  3. Start sewing from the hem to the collar ending on the notch. *Please note I forgot to serge the facing but I still can do this before I sew the collar down.*
  4. Pin the two fronts to the back at the shoulders.Sew the shoulder seams and use your serger to neaten the seam allowance. Do not finish sewing the facing yet. Iron.
  5. The next step is to assemble the collar so stitch the collar pieces together placing the right sides facing each other. Sew at 3/8″ or at the seam allowance you have chosen.  Stop at the corner 3/8″  before the edge. Leave the needle down then pivot the collar and continue sewing. unisex pajama pattern Trim the seam allowances by half and clip the corners diagonally. Turn the collar print side out and press using a pressing cloth iron. unisex pajama pattern
  6. Attach the collar to the back of the pajamas.  Align the center of the collar with the center of the back piece.  Sew.unisex pajama pattern
  7. Working on the inside of the pajamas pin the facing along the collar opening and over the collar. Turn the top edge of the facing in about 1/8″.
  8. Sew the facing to the collar opening at your chosen seam allowance. My seam allowance is 3/8″. Serge the collar from the corner of the facing to the other corner of the facing.  This step will neaten the collar seam allowance.  This step will be sewed differently if we did not have a serger. 
  9.  Secure the facing to the shoulder seam by topstitching either the seam allowance or sewing on the shoulder seam.  This step can also be accomplished by hand sewing the point is to secure the facing to the shoulder seam.

Attaching The Sleeves

  1. Sew two rows of very large stitches, 1/4″ from the edge.  Gather by pulling the two threads from the bobbin then straighten the second thread from the edge. unisex pajama pattern
  2. Pin the center of the sleeve to the shoulder seam and sew at 3/8″.  Iron. unisex pajama patternunisex pajama pattern
  3. Sew the sleeves starting from the wrist to the armhole and continue sewing the sides of the pajama to the hem.
  4. Hem the pajamas at the bottom and the sleeves.  Serge the edge or zigzag and fold 1″ then use a blind hem stitch or just sew 1/8″ from the edge.
  5.  Make the buttonholes by using the pattern to mark the position of the buttons.
  6. Iron the pajamas using your pressing cloth if you are using satin or silk.

And you're done!  Now you have cosy, elegant pajamas, that are good enough to spend a lazy Sunday wearing them.

See you in Part 2 where we make the matching pajama bottoms. Enjoy!

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68 Responses to Unisex Pajama Pattern And Tutorial, Free… For Now: Part One

  1. Lynn Christensen says:


    I am about the sew the pajamas but I am concerned about using a fusible interfacing on a double napped flannel (brushed on both sides). What fusible interfacing did you use? I have had bad luck in the past and I want this to be a success! I would appreciate any guidance you can offer.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      I used a very thin interfacing this is not really necessary if you have a double napped fabric mine is not, I used it because I like the support that offers to the button holes.

  2. Tracy King says:

    Just wanted to say thank you! Very much appreciated.

  3. Sherri Wormser says:

    Can you please tell me what size piping you used? Thank you. Hope your new year is a good one!

  4. Cathy Wallace says:

    My granddaughter asked for a sewing machine for Christmas. I really wanted to get one for her but can’t. We will be using my oldie to make pajama pants!

  5. Eilea Princeton says:

    Very detailed instructions. Learned something about sewing interfacing. I’ve been looking for a cape coat pattern and will be interested in looking at yours.

  6. Benton Grimes says:

    Great article, thank you!
    It gave me an idea to improve my sleep quality and I decided to start from new pyjamas.

  7. Monica says:

    Hi! I am trying to make this top but the measurements seem very large! In any case, there are 5 sizes on the pattern and only measurements for four of the sizes- does it go up to XXL? Thank you!

  8. Masuma says:

    Hi, This is will be my first time using a pattern. Can you tell me why do you need to gather the sleeve before attaching it? I’m sorry if its a stupid question. I am just a beginner.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      This is because of the pattern, if you do not gather them the sleeves will not fit in the armhole, this is also a tailoring method not mass produced method.

  9. Candice says:

    Thanks for the pattern(s)! My daughter is still a bit of a novice, so these should be easy for her to do – with a bit of help! I do wonder if it’s okay to switch the buttons to the opposite side?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Candice, absolutely, it will not make a difference at all other than make it easier for you if you desire the buttons on the other side.

  10. Michelle Steele says:

    I just LOVE capes and haven’t been able to find a decent pattern. Please, please share yours as your patterns and instructions are so straight forward and simple to follow. Just love your posts.

  11. Christine DANNEELS says:

    Thank you so much !

  12. ardie says:

    I am going to make the PJ’s, with piping. I would like to have you get the Cape pattern for release as I want to make a cape & would need a pattern.
    Thanks for your excellent tutorials as you make everything so easy to understand. Primarily I am a quilter but in my past life (lol) I sewed most of my clothing as I worked in a Doctors office and couldn’t afford to buy all I needed.

  13. Cheryl Masters says:

    Hey, ladies, do you think the pattern and tutorial will be out in time to make the bottoms to go with the top in time to make them for Valentine’s Day.

  14. Cheryl Masters says:

    Talk about good karma. I looked up a pajama pattern, and it was $11.49. Now, with the money youjust saved me, I can get fabric to make them.
    Thanks so much for your generosity and caring. I think you 2 are the best.


    you give such great instructions for someone to be able to make a great pair of pajamas …all of your patterns are great and are so easy to follow …thank you very much for this great pattern…

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      You are welcome Madeline, enjoy and please do post a picture, I would love to see your pajamas and the fabric you use.

  16. Sandra says:

    I love capes! Would love to make one to wear once spring. Need a pick me up after a long snowy winter.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I hear you, Sandra, I have the pattern and the cape done I just haven’t graded and written the tutorial yet.

  17. Eva says:

    Hej Mayra,

    Thank you for sharing this pattern, PJs for my son are now on my planning!
    I have downloaded the pattern, but is there a way to download the instructions as PDF?

    And yes, I’m also very interested in your cape pattern!

    Kind Regards,

  18. Fiona Taylor-Williams says:

    I can get the pattern in PDF but not the instructions for putting them together any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Fiona, on the site, the instructions are there free for now. When I change the pattern to paid I will add the PDF instructions.

  19. Shirley says:

    This looks like a practical pattern. Somehow I have downloaded the instructions including the pattern layout, but don’t have the pattern itself. Can you help?

  20. PAM says:

    Wow – these PJs are very stylish. I will be making them for the family Christmas party for all our family members. I would also love to look at the CAPE pattern. TY for posting this. How much piping would you suggest that I buy?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      3 yards per size. Enjoy Pam, I would love to see a photo of the party, what a great concept for Christmas, just imaging makes me happy! 🙂

  21. Toni Avance says:

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I have several people in mind for these. Think I will make some with boxer type bottoms.
    You are always so generous, I almost hate to say that I love capes and so do my sister’s ( birthday gifts ). 😊😊

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Toni, boxer bottom sounds perfect for the top. I am making the long bottom with a fly front for next weekend, (hopefully, I will finish). The cap requires a very good quality wool fabric with good drape. 60″ wide about 2.5 yards, see if you can get your hands on it now so when I publish you will be ready to go.

      • Toni Avance says:

        Thank you, I will start the hunt for the wool. You make sewing fun again.
        I was a historical costumer for thirty years. I retired this year and had no idea how much sewing could be again.

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          WOW, Tony! I loooove historical costumes, would you like to collaborate? I think many would enjoy a few of them. Can I send you an email?

  22. LadyD says:

    Thank you for the PJ’s pattern. My hubby wants me to make us a matching set, so I am thrilled to find this unisex pattern.

    As for the cape you mentioned above, in reference to adding piping to a collar, yes, capes are my thing; especially in the winter. I would love that pattern as well.

  23. Nellene Jooste says:

    Hi there! Thank you SO much for this free pattern. I was just looking at pj patterns to buy and here I find this free gift in my inbox!
    Have a lovely week

  24. Itto says:

    Thank you so much for your pattern. A warm pajama is useful by the winter.
    This pattern and its size possibilities will be of a great help to the whole family.
    Cheers. itto

  25. WheelyBad says:

    Hi Mayra

    Thank you so much for this pattern, I need new PJs!

  26. jeni says:

    Ooh, lovely – there’s nothing like a pair of PJ’s to pop on for a relaxed bit of down time! Thank you!

  27. Sylvia says:

    I love capes, You can’t have too many. Cute pajamas. Can’t wait to try making them.

  28. Yubisay says:

    Thank you so much, It’s exactly the project that I Was looking for, winter is coming soon to Chile. A Big hug from here!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Yubisay, as luck should have it, I will be in Santiago on the 10th of February. Fancy a meetup and some fabric hunting?:) winter is coming indeed…

  29. Lucy says:

    I’ve been wanting to make me a pair of pajamas, this is great! Thank you so much!

  30. Linda Kittmer says:

    Thanks for the pattern. I’ll be making a cozy pair of flannel pjs for my husband 😊.

  31. Agathe Meherio says:

    I really like the details on this (and how easy it seems to assemble), but I would love to see that cape coat pattern indeed!
    I first grew up in a place when it could get cool in the evenings in January (like, 25°C), but where I live now, in France, I just want to hibernate all through Winter…
    Thank you for all the useful patterns, tutorials and tips!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Do try the pajamas before attempting the cape. I love France…always will. The cape is not long but will look tres chic with boots and riding pants. Enjoy your Winter.

  32. Linda says:

    Great basic pattern. I am so used to enlarging or adjusting patterns… my son is 2XL 2T …. so I will be adjusting this one too. But I can print out lots of copies instead of tissue….

  33. Lee says:

    Thank you so much! Yesterday my daughter requested pjs just like these for her birthday so she could snuggle into bed like she did as a child – she is turning 18! Believe it or not we are in the midst of a heat wave (42c today – 107f). How wonderful that you have a pattern for me to make the pjs she wants.

  34. Michelle C Faustermann says:

    I tried downloading this pattern and it gave me the sexy dress pattern.

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Michelle, please try again. I have updated the pattern file. Wrong one was attached. Thanks so much for letting me know!

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