And then, today, while I was at the thrift store for something completely different, I came up with a great idea. I was in the towels, linens, fabric aisles and I saw these great pillowcases.
The stripes reminded me of men's cotton pajamas. And I just loved the trucks. And I thought, well why not? There are plenty of pillowcase dresses, so why not pillowcase pajama bottoms?
I used my favorite boy shorts pattern, laid it on top of the truck pillowcase and cut my pieces, ***I did make a mistake, when I cut out the shorts, I forgot to consider that the pattern would be backwards on one side, don't do that. To avoid making this mistake, you can cut the seams off the pillowcase so that you have a flat piece of fabric, then lay the pattern out so everything lines up the way you want it.***
This pillowcase was wide enough that it easily fit my 4/5T boy shorts pattern. When I cut out the blue striped pants, I laid the pattern lengthwise on the pillowcase, using the hem already in the pillowcase as the hem of the pants. I did have to make the pants a little narrower to fit the pillowcase, but since the pattern is already a bit big for my boy, and there is 1/2" seam allowance built in, it did not make that much difference to the end result.
Then, assemble your shorts or pants the way you normally would and in no time at all you have--
Some lightweight, styling new pajama bottoms!