As I was prewashing my fabric for this years (2020) Christmas pajamas for my kids, I realised that I hadn’t actually shared about last year’s PJs! GASP! Blogging fail! I don’t know if I forgot in the Christmas blur, or what the reason was, but for posterity I want to take a moment to look back at last years Christmas Pajamas 2019 edition. Unfortunately I didn’t take any flat lays of them before my kids wore them unlike in 2018 when I was a very good blogger (sometimes I break the rules haha), so I hope you can handle a combo of iPhone photos from Christmas Eve and chaotic Christmas day we-just-woke-up photos. Also please ignore all giant sand patches on our lawn – we were doing some epic lawn repair last year haha.
Let’s start with Bunny because you can always count on her to sit still for a photo so you can see the fabric best on hers ;) Last year Bunny decided she wanted to start wearing nighties, which I was 100% on board with because they are adorable. I used the Mini Eucalypt pattern and created a simple gathered dress using this tutorial. I made it quite long and I’m so glad, because Bunny has shot up this year (she grew 6cm in the last 6 months!) and this nightie is still wearable because it started so long. Lesson: always make your kids clothing a bit big.
The fabric is one of my favourite Ellie Whittaker designs ever. It’s called Sunburst Country and it’s just such a fun, joyful, celebration of Australia on a hot day. This fabric just feels like a sunny Aussie day, which is exactly like Christmas is like here, so it was a match made in heaven! Not to mention this is a wonderfully gender neutral fabric so I knew I could use it for all three of my kids without anyone getting upset.
For Buddy’s Christmas PJ’s I usually try and make the shorts matching, then a simple sleeveless shirt based on the Mini Briar pattern (his favourite for sleeping) with a patch pocket to tie in the fabrics. For his 2019 Christmas Pajamas I used the organic cotton jersey and matching organic cotton ribbing from my studio and they are SO soft. We also added some Kylie and the Machine “You can’t buy this” labels to the pocket and back of his shorts for a cute touch.
Buddy is still enjoy is PJ shorts in 2020, but the tee has gotten a bit short, so he doesn’t wear it as often as i’d like. Incase you’re wondering the shorts are a kids pattern I’ve been working on for a few years, and I really need to finish it as some point because it’s a staple in our house!
And last but definitely not least – Birdie, our little dynamo who is never still and almost impossible to get a photo of hehe. I made Birdie my classic PJ set, of a Mini Eucalypt tank and shorts again from Ellie’s Sunburst Country fabric. It’s a great comfy combo and one that is always a winner. Birdie is still wearing her PJs a year later, but I think they won’t last much longer as she has grown heaps and the tank is looking a little snug!
Incase you’re wondering what is up with the way our presents are wrapped, we have been wrapping our Christmas presents in fabric since 2011, so this will be our ninth year! If you’re interested in how I wrap my presents with fabrics I wrote a post a few years ago you might like. And my Christmas category includes a lot of my reusable handmade Christmas efforts to make our Christmas a little bit more sustainable.
So that’s my little recap of the Christmas Pajamas I made my precious kiddos in 2019 – now to go cut my 2020 fabric! I’m so excited for this year, it’s a very different look but I bought my fabric six months ago during lockdown and I cannot wait to get sewing!
Is anyone else making Christmas pajamas this year? What are your plans?