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cousin pajamas

One of my favorite things we did for our reunion last year was make matching pajama bottoms for all the cousins. I always love seeing the cousins all together, but it's especially cute when they all match. We had each kid bring a white t-shirt they already had, just to keep things easy.


I decided to stick with a variety of red and white prints, with lots of dots and subtle stripes. Whatever we had leftover from one fabric became the contrasting trim on the next pair. I got all the fabric from Purl Soho, Joelle is a big fan of dots and stripes so I always know they will have a good assortment. I am lucky enough to live within driving distance of their warehouse in Southern California, which is open to the public several days a week. (You can call 1-800-597-PURL for hours.) They also have a great website, where you can search for things like dots and stripes.

I love the old ironing board we have up at the Midway house, why don't they make things like this anymore? My mom and I cut and sewed all ten pairs of pajamas the two days before the reunion, so I can make these pants in my sleep now. The pattern we used was the Bedtime Story pajamas from Oliver + S, which is now out of print (though you can still find copies if you hunt around online). Not to worry, Liesl just announced a new pajama pattern with a similar pant which is going to be released in early September (you can see it in these photos of their recent booth at Quilt Market).

Family reunions are great. Spending time with our extended family reminds my kids that there is a larger group of people that love them (aunts, uncles, cousins) beyond just their immediate family. I want them to know that we're going through life together, as a group. I think they really feel that at the reunions (and matching pajamas seem to help!).

Top photo by Francesco Lagnese, for Martha Stewart Living

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I love it! The colours are perfect!

06.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

These are adorable! I love the classic reds and whites. I've wanted to start making my children new Christmas pajamas every year, but it always seemed like such a daunting task during an already busy season. Your idea of making just the pajama pants and pairing them with a simple t-shirt is such a great solution--maybe I will be able to fit them in this year! (And red and white, is of course, the perfect color combo for Christmas!) Thanks for sharing such a cute idea; it must have been so much fun to sit and sew all of that alongside your mom. :-)

06.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmmy

Absolutely the best and cutest idea ever!!

06.9.2011 | Unregistered Commenterporter

Such a great idea!

- Sarah

I love the fabrics you chose! How handsome is your boy?! He looks so much like you, Brooke.

06.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Thanks for sharing this. I was just catching up on my Living reading and really loved those pj bottoms. I may just have to talk my mum into helping me do something just like it!

06.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCiara

The first sets I ever made for my kids I made withe the kimono top - but honestly, they didn't love tying them closed and were bugged by the feel of the ties. They DID however, love the pants. So I have made a bunch of them since then and done just what you did - paired them with a while t-shirt (the carters white undershirts sold in 3 packs are great.) Super easy & quick, since you are doing just the pants and so very cute.

06.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTania

What a very sweet idea! I've always been a fan of simple pajama pants paired with a t-shirt. It's comfy and all kids seem to like them! It looks like the cousins had a wonderful time with their matching pajamas.

06.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

what a cute idea and an even cuter picture of the boys. sounds like great family time!

Oh, my. This is just the cutest thing EVER.

If I don't do this, I definitely want to make t-shirts for the cousins and second cousins!!

06.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

thanks for the inspiration - I finally finished my son's and will purchase t-shirts for the tops...

06.30.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeahZ

so stinkin' cute! Great idea..

07.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

I am hosting a Christmas Pajam-Rama on my blog and would love for you to enter:>

These PJ's are too cute!


11.27.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle

really informatic article
Makar Sankranti Wishes

Great Article

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