Matching family Christmas pajamas are super popular (and very cute!)! This year I decided to DIY them and love how they turned out! Here’s how to make DIY matching family Christmas pajamas!
One of our favorite Christmas traditions in our family is getting new pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve. My daughter loves it because she gets to open one present early, and I love it because the next morning I can take candid photos where we all look sort of put together and nice. 🙂 This year I decided to make matching family Christmas pajamas for all of us with my Cricut Maker!
(If you love the idea but don’t want to make your own, check out this list of the best matching family Christmas pajamas that you can find online; they’re cute, warm, and totally budget friendly!)
I used the rotary blade that came with my Cricut Maker, and the project went so quickly! The rotary blade is AMAZING! It cut out small, detailed text without any issues, and all the cuts are very clean. I’ve cut fabric on my Cricut Explore Air before but it’s hard to get detail and crisp, clean cuts with the fine-point blade; the rotary blade is a game changer for anyone who does sewing or fabric projects!
And if you’re still on the fence or still have questions about the Maker, check out my post answering all the common questions about the Maker!
DIY Matching Family Christmas Pajamas
- Time spent doing stuff: 40 minutes
- Time spent waiting around: 5 minutes
- Total project time: 45 minutes
- Cricut Maker
- rotary blade (comes with the Maker)
- FabricGrip mat
- Cricut EasyPress 2
- EasyPress mat or a fluffy towel
- fabric scissors or rotary cutter
- red, white, and green cotton fabric
- Heat N Bond UltraHold iron-on adhesive
- matching family Christmas pajamas (PatPat has TONS of cute ones, and so do Target and Amazon)
In all of the images I used, the words were all one layer, but I wanted them separate so they could be cut out of two different colors of fabric. So I duplicated the image and then “hid” the word “Merry” in one image and the word “Christmas” in the other.
To “hide” a portion of an image so that it doesn’t cut, highlight the image and click the “Contour” button in the bottom right of the Layers panel on the right. A window will pop up showing you the shapes and lines that will be cut for that image. If there are any shapes or lines you don’t want cut, just click on them to turn off cutting for those portions. Below I’ve turned off cutting for the word “Christmas”, but the word “Merry” will still be cut.
Make sure you resize your images as necessary, and change the colors if you need to. (The original images were only in red and green, but I wanted to add a third color, so I changed the image color on some of the words to add a third mat to the project.)
Click the green “Make It” button in the top right of the Design Space window to send the design to your Maker. In the Prepare Mats screen, make sure the Mirror switch is toggled on for all of your mats (you have to set it for each mat individually) because you are going to load your fabric onto the mat with the “right side” facing down. Then click the green “Continue” button.
Select “Light Cotton, 3 layers” as your material. I prefer this setting to any of the “bonded” fabric settings because those settings use the bonded fabric blade instead of the rotary blade, and the rotary blade does a MUCH better job of cutting!
Install the rotary blade in your Maker by opening Clamp B, putting the rotary blade in so that the gears on the blade run into the gears in the machine, then closing the clamp.
To prepare your fabric and interfacing, preheat your EasyPress 2 to 315 degrees Farenheit and cut your fabric to the right size to fit on the FabricGrip mat. You can just cut it to 12” x 12”, or you can look at the mat preview in Design Space to see how much material is actually needed. (For the mat shown above I only needed a piece that was 12” wide and about 3” tall.) Cut a piece of Heat N Bond to the same size.
Press the Heat N Bond on to the back of the fabric piece using the EasyPress 2 for about 7 seconds. If the EasyPress 2 doesn’t cover the whole piece of fabric, just press and hold in one spot for 7 seconds, then pick it up and move it to another spot for 7 more seconds.
Load your fabric and interfacing onto the FabricGrip mat with the fabric side down, then load the mat into your machine.
Press the flashing “Go” button to start the cut! Unload the mat when it’s finished, and repeat until all of your mats are cut. Pull away the extra background fabric and then gently peel your cut fabric off the mat. Look at how clean those cuts are!!!
Make sure your EasyPress 2 is still heated to 315 F and grab your pajama shirts. Peel the paper backing off of the cut fabric and position the fabric on your pajama shirt (make sure the interfacing side is facing down!) Put the EasyPress 2 on top of the design and press for 30 seconds. Again, if the EasyPress 2 isn’t big enough to cover the whole project at once, just pick it up, move it, and press for another 30 seconds. Flip the shirt inside out and press again from the back for 15 seconds to make sure it’s really stuck on there!
And you’re done!!! Super quick and easy, and super cute!
I can’t wait to put the baby and the toddler in these cute PJs on Christmas Eve!
DIY Matching Family Christmas Pajamas
- rotary blade (comes with the Maker)
- [EasyPress mat]
- fabric scissors
- Start by opening up Cricut Design Space in a web browser.
- Resize images as necessary and separate the images into the colors you'd like for your project using the contour tool.
- Click the green “Make It” button to send the design to your Maker.
- In the Prepare Mats screen, make sure the Mirror switch is toggled on for all of your mats (you have to set it for each mat individually).
- Click the green “Continue” button.
- Select “Light Cotton, 3 layers” as your material.
- Install the rotary blade in your Maker.
- Preheat your EasyPress 2 to 315 degrees Farenheit.
- Cut your fabric and a piece of Heat N Bond to the right size to fit on your FabricGrip mat.
- Press the Heat N Bond on to the back of the fabric piece using the EasyPress 2 for about 7 seconds.
- Load your fabric and interfacing onto the FabricGrip mat with the fabric side down, then load the mat into your machine.
- Press the flashing “Go” button to start the cut.
- Unload the mat when it’s finished, and repeat until all of your mats are cut.
- Pull away the extra background fabric and then gently peel the cut fabric off the mat.
- Peel the paper backing off of the cut fabric and position the fabric on your pajama shirt (make sure the interfacing side is facing down!) Put the EasyPress 2 on top of the design and press for 30 seconds.
- Flip the shirt inside out and press again from the back for 15 seconds to make sure it’s really stuck on there!
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