I have made my boys lots of things over the last 7 years, but none have been so loved and worn as pajama bottoms. They have been passed down from one to the other with stops to family and friends inbetween. They are winter perfect in flannel, and summer perfect in quilter's cotton. My favourites are the ones made from novelty fabrics (sock monkeys! circus stripes!) that you might not otherwise use for daytime clothes.
Pajama bottoms are achingly simple to sew for small and big people. You can make them as simple (elastic waste band encased in a large hem) or complicated (facings, pockets, fancy cuffs!) as you like. I know a lot of families participate in the tradition of giving pajamas on days like Solstice or Christmas Eve-- how about handmade ones this year? Most patterns come in a number of sizes, so you can outfit all your small people from a single pattern (don't forget the tracing paper!). I made these three pairs for under the tree in an evening. With only a few pieces to cut out for each pair, they make up very quickly. I always include a "tag" in the back made out of super soft FOE (fold over elastic) to help the boys sort out which way in their feet are supposed to go.
We carry patterns for simple kids sleep pants, and we have bolts and bolts of beautiful flannel from Free Spirit, Riley Blake, and others. Do you recognize my plaid? The sale took care of that bolt, but there's plenty more cozy where that came from. Once the flannel runs out we'll need to make room for more inventory, which means we'll have a limited number of flannel options until next fall.
Coming soon... Part 2: Pajamas for the Bigs! Or, This is One Collar You'll Be Happy to Sew
The GIVEhandmade Sale (formerly the "Secret Society Sale") is happening Sunday, November 28th. Bolt is proud to sponsor this event that features more than 70 designers!
This Saturday, November 20th, The Portland Nursery (on Division) is hosting the Super RAD PDX Craft Show from 2-6pm.
Things really get going the weekend of December 4th with the Splendorcraft Gift Sale in SE, The Portland Art Collective Open Door Art Show and Sale in SW, and if you're up for a road trip-- Urban Craft Uprising in Seattle.
Have you visited the Crafty Wonderland Pop-Up Shop downtown yet? You can get some shopping done from over 90 handmade retailers, and get a preview of the Super Colossal Holiday Sale coming on December 11th and 12th.
Are you participating in or attending another local handmade sale? Leave the details in the comments. For more information and loads of holiday (and other) themed events and sales, check the always awesome calendar at DIY Alert.
Anna Maria's Velveteen, Home Dec Sateen and Voiles are here! They join the rest of the Innocent Crush quilting cottons for a near complete collection (we're still waiting on a handful of voile prints). Pictured above are three of the eight velveteen prints in the store, and the first four voile bolts that have been received. This is truly luxury fabric-- the velveteen is super smooth and rich, perfect for coats, skirts, and pillows. It would pair beautifully with the School Picture Dress pattern from Oliver and S for a gorgeous holiday dress.
I am totally taken with the voile-- like, freaking out how-can-I-get-some-of-everything, sort of taken. I've worked with Anna Maria's version of this floaty cotton before in both quilting and garment applications, and it is a dream to sew with. We still have some left from the Little Folks line, so if you love it, get it before it's gone. You won't be disappointed!