A simple project that I’ve made over and over again is casual elastic-waist pants. Call them whatever you like — pajama pants, house pants, or yoga pants — I highly recommend them as a quick gift that you can complete in less than two hours. For summer, use a lightweight woven print. For fall and winter, choose a cozy flannel or fleece. (It’s a great beginner project, but it’s also great for advanced sewers — sometimes we just need a gift that’s quick and simple!)
Last summer, my mom picked out this lovely cotton print at a quilt shop nearby. The background is aqua and the flowers are poppy-red and periwinkle-purple. On a recent visit I made the pants and she’s very happy with them. I customized basic pattern Simplicity 9505 for myself, my mom and my husband. Some things I’ve changed about the pattern: Instead of using the recommended 1/2″ elastic, use 1″. This creates more of a smooth yoga-pant look, and it’s more comfortable. To accommodate the wider elastic, add some to the pant upper edge using tissue paper or similar. If you can’t find Simplicity 9505, any unisex or ladies’ elastic waist pants pattern will do, and there are similar patterns for children. All you need is a waist measurement and an approximate length.
Think about how much you spend on pajama pants and consider sewing them for yourself and some other worthy someone this season!