I can still remember the pyjama case that I had when I was young (oh that was a long time ago!). He was a white scottie dog with a tartan ribbon around his neck and a hole in his tum for my nightie. I haven’t attempted anything as ambitious as that, but I’ve used chenille quilting so that this pyjama case will be soft and fluffy.
Preparing the fabric panels for chenille quilting
I began withe three 12″ squares of fabric twice. I chose three very different fabrics so that you could see what I was doing, but in fact I think that it works best with strongly contrasting fabrics anyway: you get more of a rainbow effect when you’ve finished. Lay them down in two piles of three, right sides up on all the fabrics. The bottom fabric (the green will show through on the top but will also be the lining of the pyjama case.
Using a fabric marking pen, draw a line from one corner to the other and then at 1.1/2″ intervals on either side until the whole square is lined. Sew along these lines. It is best to try and sew in a different direction for each line so that the layers of fabric don’t slip against each other. I used chain sewing, alternating between the two sets of fabric because that way I avoided having to keep stopping and starting – and I also avoided having lots of thread hanging off the end of each seam.
Creating the chenille quilted panels
Using the smallest pair of scissors that you have, slip the lower blade above the bottom fabric (the green) but beneath the other two so that you will be cutting the pink and blue layers but not the green. Be very careful as it is important not to cut the green. You can buy special scissors with a rounded edge to the blade so that it’s less likely to go through the bottom layer accidentally, but I find that normal scissors work fine as long as you are careful. Cut in lines between all the seams.
When you have done this to both sets of fabric, take a plate and draw a circle on the squares. Cut around the circle. These two circles will now form the top and the bottom of the pyjama case.
Make a gusset to join the chenille quilted panels
For the gusset to join the two chenille quilted circles you will need two strips each in pink and in green 1.1/2″ wide by 34″ long and an 8″ zip. Lay one pink strip with right side up and place the zip on it with right side down. Place the zip a few inches from the end of the pink strip. Lay a green strip on top of the zip with right side down. Pin.
Sew the three layers together, beginning beneath the head of the zip and finishing about an inch before the end of the zip. Fold the fabric layers back away from the zip and you’ll see that the zip is neatly caught between the two layers of fabric. Repeat with the other edge of the zip, sandwiching it between the second pink and green strips, with right sides facing towards the zip. Pin and sew in place.
At each end of the zip, pin the two green strips with right sides together to continue the seam above and below the zip. Sew the strips together. Do the same with the two pink strips. I’m sorry if this doesn’t sound very clear, but I hope the video will show you what I mean.
Stitch the ends of the zip to the green fabric just to keep them in place and baste the pink and green strips together. Leave about an inch at each end not basted so that you can sew the ends of the strips together to form a loop.
Sew the gusset to the chenill quilted panels
Fold the gusset strip in half to make one large loop and sew the two ends of pink strip together and then the two ends of green strip. With wrong sides (green) together, sew one edge of the loop to the edge of one of the chenille quilted circles. The reason that I have made this with the seam allowance outside is so that it will be a rag quilt stile seam that will fray the same as the chenille quilting will. This makes the outside more soft and cuddly and keeps the inside neat and tidy.
Sew the other circle to the other edge of the gusset loop and that completes the chenille quilted pyjama case. Rub the chenille quilting with a scrubbing brush and wash it to make it soft and fluffy. I hope you like it.
Here’s the video: