Wearing new holiday “jammies” on Christmas Eve is a long-standing tradition for many families. This year, why not forego the store-bought PJs and gather up some cute Christmas prints to create your own? The festive pajamas shown here were designed by Karen Faylor and featured in our November/December 2010 issue of Sew Beautiful magazine. Choose your own pajama patterns — the patterns show in the sample are from Karen Faylor Company. Below you’ll find Karen’s colorful smocking plate and mitten-shaped pockets and appliqué designs for embellishing!
Click here to download the PDF including the smocking graph and pocket and appliqué patterns.
• Pleat 11 whole space rows.
• Top and bottom row are holding rows indicated by H on the graph. Row 1 begins on second guide thread row.
• Use 3 strands of floss throughout.
1. Cable across Row 1 in blue, Turn work and mirror image a second cable row below it so the up cable of the first row meets the down cable of the second row. Repeat across Row 2.
2. Work a one-step wave between Rows 2-1/2 and 3 in green floss, top cables will touch previous row.
3. Work a one-step wave in yellow floss between Rows 3 and 3-1/2. Work another wave on same row in light blue floss crossing over yellow trellis stitches. Repeat between Rows 3-1/2 and 4.
4. Repeat a row of one-step waves in green between Rows 4 and 4-1/2.
5. Stitch a double cable row, as in step 1, in red floss between Rows 4-1/2 and 5.
6. Repeat red double cable row on Row 6.
7. With blue floss, stitch a twostep wave between Rows 6-1/2 and 7 beginning with an up cable in the center.
8. Repeat two-step wave in mirror image to form diamonds between Rows 7 and 7-1/2.
9. Stitch a single cable row across Row 8 in green floss. Stitch a three-cable combination above and below cable row to form florets as graphed.
10. Repeat cable and florets in light blue floss on Row 9.
11. Add six-cable florets between cable Rows 1 and 2 in yellow floss spacing them 8 pleats apart.
12. Repeat six cable florets in diamonds on Row 7 in a pattern of red, blue, green, and yellow.
13. Stitch snowflakes between red cable Rows 5 and 6 with a satin stitch center over two pleats and straight stitches as graphed.
Stitch one pocket and one pocket lining together like a tiny pillow with right sides together and leave a small opening at the top straight edge. Notch curves and clip corner at thumb. Turn and press. Hand stitch opening closed with a blind stitch or top stitch close to edge. Apply to garment with a top stitch around outer edges.
Trace appliqué to Steam A Seam II®. Fuse to wrong side of appliqué fabric. Cut out mittens and fuse to garment right side up. Hand stitch a buttonhole stitch around the edge with blue floss, or machine satin stitch if you prefer.
Inspired yet? Don’t forget to download the project PDF here.
Want to join us for our next online licensing course, Beginning Sewing: A Teacher’s Course? This course includes more than 30 wonderful projects, ranging from garments to home decor items to bags and much more. We also have two non-licensing online courses open for registration, Triple Treat: Organizer Projects with Katie Bartz, which kicks off today, and Women’s Shirts: The Best of Everything with Cynthia Guffey, which begins on Dec. 17.
Much Love to You All & May God Bless,