My children don’t need pajamas treated with chemical flame retardants. I don’t leave candles, incense, fireplaces, or fire of any kind unattended, I don’t permit smoking in our house, and even if I did do any of those things, I’m still going to go ahead and say that my kids don’t need flame-retardant pajamas.
They don’t wear flame-retardant play clothes, and play clothes are what they wear when they light incense and make crayon encaustic art and blow out birthday candles, anyway.
I sew my children’s pajamas by the season–two for cool weather, two for hot weather, two for cold weather, and by the time it gets to cool weather again we’re up to a new size. My girls have worn pajamas made from vintage Sesame Street bedsheets that they helped sew, nightgowns made from flannel that they choose brand-new from the store, pajama pants of fleece that got worn night and day and then night again.
Children’s pajamas are actually some of the easiest children’s clothing to make, and they can be the most fun to embellish. Check out these five pajama projects for inspiration:
If your loved one already owns a pair of comfy, well-fitting pants or shorts with an elasticized waist, then it’s quite easy to copy that pattern to make a pair of pajama pants. The Simple Pajama Shorts tutorial from Made shows you exactly how to do it, even down to copying that fiddly little difference between the front and back of the pants.
For pajama shorts, consider some more unusual, but very comfortable, fabric choices–pillowcases, thrifted XL T-shirts with fun images, an adult’s fleece pajama pants, etc.
[Image by Made, used with attribution]