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The Infamous Candy Cane Pajamas

The one thing i’m learning about sewing for my kids is that you really can’t tell how they will react. I honestly (and possibly stupidly) thought my kids would love everything i made them. This is not always the case. Sometimes, that flat out hate what I made. As I found out before Christmas.

I had this “great” idea that I would make my kids matching Christmas PJ’s – seriously how cute would that be for Christmas morning present opening photos? yes?? I thought it would be rad! I found this stripey fabric at a huge discount a while back, and it immediately made me think of candy canes – I mean seriously, candy cane pj’s? i was getting excited.

I didn’t want to push myself too much so I kept it simple with Bunny – I just made her some pants. She has a lot of plain PJ tops that would work fine, so i was satisfied – especially since I tend to make her more clothing. She loved them – success!!

For Buddy, i really put in a lot of effort. Like hours of effort. I drafted a full onesie with a placket and crotch snap closures. It took me ages – I was almost done – all i had to do was hem the legs. So we tried it on him. He screamed, he cried, he collapsed on the floor in a giant freak out trying desperately to rip off the pajamas. I am not exaggerating when I tell you I have never seen him like this. Needless to say we ripped them off him ASAP and calmed the poor kiddo down.

I guess he really hated those pajamas! hehehe

So I gave up – after all, kids are just kids, and as much as i love making them things i would never force them to wear something they hate. Especially something that makes them full on freak out! But after all that work I have to admit it breaks my heart not show my work to someone – so if you’ve ever wondered what the devils pajamas would look like, here they are. They are 100% evil. Guaranteed to make sweet little ones cry their eyes out, and whimper until removed. Not available in stores.

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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12 years ago

oh. but they are SO cute. He will regret this when he is older :)

12 years ago

I know the feeling, I made my daughter a costume when she was 2 1/2, it was adorable and fun. When we were with our photographer she refused to wear it for more than 8 minutes. Luckily we still got great shots that I use on my business cards.:)

12 years ago

Well thats a shame because that onesie looks so cute! Seriously, I would wear it ha ha! I have seen some great adult onesies out there!

Mattie @ Frock Candy
12 years ago

Aw! What a great mom.

Love your blog, and I would have gotten JUST as excited about these candy cane PJs. <3

Happy weekend.

x.o. Mattie

12 years ago

Aww… Too bad! Bunny looks adorable in hers, at least! I know your pain. I recently made a dress for my girl (3.5 yrs old), spent hours (and $$$) on it, the style was right up her alley but the “cotton knit” fabric turned out to have something synthetic in it that makes it very “staticky.” The second time she wore it, she turned to me and said, “Mama, I HATE this dress.” Ohhkaayyy…. Well. Guess we won’t do that again! LOL.