Updated: Apr 5
A footed Baby Sleepsie is perfect for chilly days outside or as a PJ. It's not that hard to make, and it's a garment I really loved using. The PJ we are creating is footed. But if you don't want it to be footed, you can skip the foot pieces and add ribbons instead. We are using the Happy-Sewings sewing pattern. It comes in sizes from Preemie to two years. The pattern is available for you at the bottom of the page. I've also made a little gallery for you so that you can see the variations you can add to the Footed PJ. We have also uploaded a video tutorial. You can find the video tutorial at the bottom of the page. Without further adieu, let's get started!
What do we need?
We need some tools to make this sleepsie.
The must-have tools are cutters, Clips, or pins, Snaps, and snap applier.
The tools I'm using are clips, ring snaps, Prym Vario Pliers, a glue pen, a binding folder for the edge ribbon, Scissors, a Rotary cuter, and a small thread cutter.
We do also have a cutting board. Many of these tools are not necessary, But they will make the job easier.
The Fabric: We are using jersey fabric for this sleepsie. We have the main fabric, a dark blue textured fabric, a bronze ribbon fabric, and the same fabric for the edge ribbon.
Step 1: Cutting the Pieces
We cut out all the fabric we needed for this Sleepsie, using a rotary cutter and a cutting board. We used our own pattern, Which is available for you at the bottom of the page.
We cut one back piece, two front pieces, two sleeves, sleeve ribbon, two foot soles, and two foot top.
If you want the sleepsie to have an open foot, you can simply skip the foot pieces and add ribbons instead.
If you want to get a better look at the pieces, you can click on the image.
Step 2: The Shoulder Seams
The first seams we are going to make are the shoulder seams. We place the back piece at the bottom, facing the right way. We then place the two front pieces on top of the back piece. The front piece is the wrong way as well. We place them like this to get the shoulder seam on the inside of the sleepsie.
We align the shoulders and place two clips on each shoulder. I sew this seam with a Baby Lock, Victory Serger. But you can easily sew these seams with a regular sewing machine.
Step 3: Attaching the Sleeves
With the shoulder seam in place, we can attach the sleeves. We find the sleeves Centerpoint and align them with the shoulder seam. I like to fold the sleeve to find the center point and make a small cut or mark at the center point. I place the center point against the shoulder seam. We are making this seam inside the sleepsie as well, so make sure to attach the sleeves inside the sleepsie. You can use glue for some extra security on the alignment. I use glue that dissolves in water. Then we apply clips. We can sew these seams with any sewing machine as well. I used the Baby Lock victory for the sleeves as well.
Step: 4 Crotch Wedge
The crotch wedge has the same procedure as the sleeves. We place it inside out and align it with clips and glue. Sew the Cortch wedge with any sewing machine. We are still using the Baby Lock Victory.
Step: 5 Side Seams & Inner Seam
The side seams go all the way from the end of the sleeve to the bottom of the foot, Like the clips on the image. We do this on both sides. We make one inner seam now. We have to save the other one for later because we are going to add an edge ribbon to this sleepsie. I use glue three places on the side seams. At the start, the end, and under the arm, where the sleeve gets in contact with the sleepsie. These seams can also be made with any sewing machine. I would recommend an overlock seam or a false overlock on a regular sewing machine.
Step 6: Edge Ribbon
We use a binding folder and a cover stitch machine for the edge ribbon. It's much easier than doing it manually with a regular sewing machine. We start sewing the ribbon on the right side under the neckline. We then trim the excess ribbon and sew the neckline and then the left side of the sleepsie.
The last step in making the edge ribbon is folding and cutting any excess ribbon. We then secure it by stitching. When the edge ribbon is secured, we trim it one last time. This time we cut it all the way down to the seam we just made. This sounds a bit difficult, but it isn't. When you plan the ribbon, just pay attention to make the best ribbon finishes and ends.
If you mess this up, it isn't that important. You can see more of the edge ribbon in the video tutorial at the bottom of the page.
Step 7: Sleeve Ribbons
We start by folding the sleeve ribbons and join both ends of the ribbon. We are sewing this seam with a regular sewing machine with a false overlock seam.
The sleeve ribbon is easy to install. We fold the ribbon and place it in the sleeve opening. We align the seams on the ribbon with the sideseams we made earlier. It's an excellent detail that will lift the impression of the garment.
Step 8: Footed PJ?
We can choose if we want to keep the foot open on this sleepsie. We are simply adding ribbons as we did at the sleeve opening.
We are making this a footed Sleepsie, so we add the foot pieces. We start by attaching the top foot piece first.
We attach it with clips, and we sew it. We are sewing this seam with a regular sewing machine with false overlock stitching.
We then attach the foot sole pieces. And by the way, we are doing all of this on the inside of the sleepsie. We want all seams to be invisible.
Step 9: The Ring Snaps
All the sewing is done, and we have fastened or removed any loose threading. All that is left is applying the ring snaps. I use Prym Vario pliers for this job. And with that in place, the sleepsie is finished.
That's how to sew a Sleepsie (Footed PJ). Make sure to check out our youtube channel and subscribe to never miss a video tutorial from us. If you have any questions feel free to use the chat option or the comment section.
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