Welcome to the 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!



Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all of the thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could create for the holidays, all in one place, during our second annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!

To sweeten the Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors! Use the Rafflecopter widget on the Clearsnap blog to gain extra entries each day.

 Today, I get to share a project with you (scroll down to the bottom of this post to see all the other projects that have been posted today). So...drum roll please.... Here's my post for the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop.

Handmade Pajamas

New pajamas make a GREAT Christmas present, and with a dizzying selection of flannel prints to chose from in your local fabric store, it's never been easier to sew up something heart felt, handmade and fabulous! My 6yr old daughter has a huge thing for cats at the moment (and long may it last in lieu of Justin What-his-face and Hannah Whatever-she's-called).

I sewed up the pajamas pants by tracing around a pair that she already owns and I know to fit her well. No pattern required! You can read all the finer details about how to do that by clicking on this link to a tutorial I wrote some time back. It's very easy, I promise.


But what I really want to share with you today, is how to turn a simple, comfy long-sleeved tee into a matching pajama top by sewing an easy reverse appliqué to the front. I used a cut of fabric taken from the fabric used to sew up the pants. 

First, cut the fabric you'd like as your appliqué, slightly larger than the design itself. I allowed about an extra 1" all the way around the outside of my rectangle design. It gives you more room for sewing. Iron a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing to the back of your fabric and trim the interfacing.




On the back of the fabric (on top of the interfacing) I suggest you outline your sewing lines with a pen. Go on, make it easy for yourself. 


Turn your tee inside out and pin the appliqué centrally, face-down onto the front. You should be pinning ONLY onto the front of the tee, not through to the back.


Follow your marked pen lines and sew the appliqué to the front of the tee. You will need to make sure you keep the back of the tee out of the way as you sew. I recommend sewing two lines around the outside of your appliqué. Start by stitching right over the pen lines, then go around again, about 1/4" on the outside of the first line.


Remove the tee from your machine, and using a sharp pair of scissors, snip away carefully at the tee shirt fabric inside the stitched lines. Your fabric design will reveal itself! 


It's pretty tempting to snip nice and close to the stitching, but it isn't really necessary. The trimmed raw edges of knit fabric on a tee like this will simply curl and result in a nice worn-look as the tee is washed and worn and washed and worn...


And that is a very easy way to create a matching tee to complete your set of handmade pajamas. I know a little girl who is going to be happy wearing these. 



Well, that's my contribution to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop, for today. Why not go ahead and visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!


Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
Eileen Hull for Sizzix http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Globecraft Memories – http://globecraftmemories.blogspot.com
Kristin Wilson – Graphic 45 -  http://www.kristinwilsonhandmade.com/
Jennie Garcia - Tombow -  earthyscrap.blogspot.com
Gini Williams Cagle - Hampton Art - http://ginicagle.blogspot.com/
Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap – http://Sabrinaalery.blogspot.com
DeeDee Catron - Globecraft Memories - http://umwowstudio.blogspot.com/
Michelle Grant – Donna Salazar Designs -  http://michellejbg.blogspot.com
Emily Lanham – Authentique Paper -http://www.createserendipity.net
Emma Jeffery – Fiskateers - http://hellobeautifulblog.blogspot.com
Natalie Clause – The Twinery -  http://www.southernbellescharm.com/
Alberto L Juarez – Graphic 45 http://vintageodyssey.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Priest – Clearsnap – http://hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com
Heather Conklin – Authentique Paper - http://goldiecar.blogspot.com/

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!

Happy Hopping!

105 comments:

  1. great gift idea and not just for kids

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  2. OMG this is one of my faves!! Love this idea---woweeeeee!!!!

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  3. These are so cute! love how it turned out! And easy to do too!

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  4. So cute! And I'm a huge cat lover, so your cover of fabric totally rocks!

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  5. Sweet! Thank you, I think I'll make like 6 of these :)

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  6. OH EMMA!! You are SEW talented - Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Purrrrfect! This is a wonderful project. It's about time I pull out my sewing machine for an actual sewing project instead of for just paper crafting!

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  8. These are so cute and they look so comfy!

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  9. I love this idea. And it all looks so simple. Thanks for the directions on how to put the applique on the front of the t-shirt. I think that I would have just sewn it on the front but this way looks far better. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. Wow Emma.....I love these PJ's.....Pj's are the best for this time of year. You just wanna stay in them all day long. And these cutie's look so comfy. Love them...You did wonderful as usual. HUGS

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  11. oh my goodness this is such a cute idea! I think even I could do this! Thank you for the tutorial- I love your blog!!!

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  12. Thanks for the awesome idea! I know my granddaughter would love the exact fabric.

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  13. cute jammies! I really like the lamp shade.

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  14. I LOVE this idea!! IS so cool!! LOVE the fabric!!
    TFS!! Take Care!!
    Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

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  15. Great idea...I'm gonna make some in my size...lol.

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  16. This has got to be my favorite idea...we always make pajama bottoms, but there is never a top to match. I love how you completed the pjs to make a set...thank you so much for sharing!

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  17. This is such a fun idea. I love these.

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  18. Great idea! The PJs are too cute!

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  19. Love the pjs they look so warm.

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  20. Cute, cute, cute, PJ's with the top to match. What a great project,and thanks for sharing.

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  21. Thanks for the tutorial on how you put the applique on. Such a great project.

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  22. So cute. I'm a new mom and my mom used to make me pjs so I'd love to carry on that tradition!!
    Thanks for the easy idea
    Love the HOP!

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  23. these are so cute. . cant wait to try and make some :)

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  24. What a great idea and "sew" simple too!

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  25. Christmas jammies are part of our family traditions - my son asks about them every year even though he shuns them for about 362 nights of the year. The selection of flannel available these days is amazing too, just like these jammies.

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  26. cute jammies, and I love cats. a very sweet easy to make Christmas gift, thank you for sharing.

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  27. so cute. who doesn't like new pajamas?

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  28. Cute pj's - she will love them Emma!!!
    Thank you for sharing how to do the reverse applique - a new technique that I look forward to trying :)

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  29. these are cute. They make me want to learn how to use a sewing machine lol.

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  30. So cute--would be a perfect present for my granddaughters.

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  31. Cute! Love the subway art fabric!

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  32. These are adorable and sweet and cozy!! What little or big girl wouldn't be thrilled with these!! Great job--Merry Christmas!!

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  33. Very cute pajamas! I bet she'll love them! TFS!

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  34. Love the meow jambes, and such a nice change from all the (amazing) paper crafts.

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  35. Hmmmm... May need to make myself a pair of these!

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  36. Very sweet! I might need these.

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  37. fantastic project!! Love the idea of cutting out the fabric for the reveal underneath!! Really loved the fabric you chose!! You did a wonderful job!

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  38. These are so cute! Did you have a pattern for the bottoms or did you make your own? Thanks

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  39. I haven't sewn in years, but this project may just make me pull out the old sewing machine and try this. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. )) Даже иногда трудно представить , какой сюрприз ждёт в следующем Hop Blog ... И вот - пожалуйста - сюрприз !!!
    Милая пижама с таким милым котёнком ))
    Чудесный подарок !!!

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  41. ... luvin' a new idea.. we all have em.. lol this is a keeper!!

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  42. love it! :) Thanks for sharing :)

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  43. Love it!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Great idea...very impressive and functional, too!!

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  45. Very cute pjs. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. Ah, I love it! I hadn't thought about making my own pjs like this! And the cat design is adorable.

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  47. Wow, what an awesome project!! The pj's look fabulous and so comfortable!! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  48. Well done, Emma! You make me want to get out my old sewing machine. This big hop is a workout. So many new people. When I saw you were next on the list, I got so happy. Thanks for the great tutorial.
    Fiskateer Jean#8889 AKA giveawayjean

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  49. What an easy way to add an applique to a t-shirt. Love it. And I love kitties so I love the fabric you used!!

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  50. Being mostly homebound, most of my wardrobe is pajamas. I NEED some just like this! :o)

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  51. Love them-huge cat person here and like Suze almost always a thome-Great job!

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  52. Hi
    I love the pjs my cats name is MEOW and I would love to make these in my size but would have to fight to keep them to myself. Probably need to make several!
    Thank you

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  53. love how you made that jammy top!!! thanks for the chance to win!

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  54. Fabulous gift idea! My daughter is the pajama queen... these would be PERFECT for her!

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  55. Sweet idea for my neighbor girl who is always showing up over here at night in her PJ's to watch a movie :)

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  56. such a sweet idea. perfect for that little something special.

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  57. Emma,

    You never cease to amaze me when it comes to how you can just whip something up the way you do! I am sure you "kitty girl" loves her new pajamas!

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  58. You make this look so easy!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  59. those pj's are too cute - makes me want to start sewing again!

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  60. Beautiful project! Thanks for the inspiring ideas!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. Super cute ! I love these and they look very comfy .

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  62. Wow, my daughter would love this too! Great tutorial!

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  63. Love these PJs! I think I need to make some for myself as well as my girls :)

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  64. These are so cool-my daughter loves cats and would love a pair. Thank you for sharing this wonderful project.
    Jackie Tuttle

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  65. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  66. I LOVE these! Flannel pjs pants are the BEST and I really like the idea of making a matching shirt.

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  67. I love these Pajamas! Flanel is the best. :)

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  68. I especially like the idea of the matching shirt, nice for the kids. Have a nice day, Susie.

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  69. I am such a sewing novice, and with your tutorial, I think I may actually be able to pull this one off! I can even see it working with a set of onesies. Yeah!

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  70. My best friend loves cats and she would just adore this pj. This pattern would work for young and old.

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  71. Awesome pajamas!! And you made it seem easy and doable!! LOve it.

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  72. Super cute PJ set! I just "found" my sewing machine so I am in the process of re-learning how to thread it!! LOL Thanks for this great idea!

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  73. what a special gift someone will get, love it
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  74. What a great idea for a seamstress! Those PJs are really cute!

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