Pajama Eaters – Downloadable Pattern

There are few new additions to our household.

Each of these helpful and huggable creatures lives on a small bed,

and has quite an appetite for clean-but-not-squeeky pajamas.

We feed them every morning and they give back the jammies at night. Isn’t that nice of them?

We call them our Pajama Eaters.

Project Materials

For this project you will need:

  • 1 yard of fabric (42″ wide) for the monster’s body and limbs
  • A fat quarter (18″ x 22″), or 1/2 yard cut of fabric for the mouth and pillow lining
  • Fabric scraps for applique eyes and for the soles of the feet
  • 9″ x 12″ sheet of white felt for teeth
  • 12″ zipper that matches the mouth fabric
  • Fiber-fill
  • Sewable iron-on adhesive like Heat ‘n’ Bond Lite for the eye appliques
  • matching threads
  • The Usual Sewing Implements – sewing machine, pins, hand sewing needle, scissors, etc

I used quilter’s cotton to make the monsters pictured (except the hot pink material is corduroy).  This pattern is designed for woven (non-stretchy) fabrics – quilting cotton and non-stretch apparel fabrics. If you have more experience sewing, you could try using some furry fabric for the body. How awesome would that be?  If you want to use fleece, you will need to stabilize the mouth where it is sewn to the zipper.  See this article for more info. 

Download the Pattern and Directions

This pattern  has been moved to my pattern shop! It is available for purchase here

Sample Page - click to download directions

  • Please let me know if you have any suggestions for this project or any others! My email is sewfearless [at] gmail [dot] com or @sewfearless on twitter.
  • Could send me a picture of your finished project? Either by email, or by adding to the Facebook fan page. I would love to see how yours turns out, and I may even post your pictures to my blog.
  • Want to make Pajama Eaters for Sale? There is cottage industry licensing available. More info here.
Feed those hungry little monsters!

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  1. says

    These are SO cute. I don’t have any little ones to make one for! :( I always have a couple teen foster boys ………….and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t convince them to use one of these little guys.

    Very creative!

  2. HighDesertGal says

    This is so inspiring that I’m going to break out my too little used sewing machine (after my vacation) and make two of these.

  3. Carole says

    I love these! I am going to make one to use as a “Sound Muncher” for my classroom:) Thanks for sharing:)

  4. says

    Fabulous!! I’ll be making at least a couple of these… I think they’ll make great christmas gifts for small nieces and nephews. Thanks!!! :)

  5. says

    I’m a 41 year-old guy with no children & my girlfriend’s kids are in their late teens. That said, the minute I saw these, I had to come and leave you a comment.

    These are adorable!!! I would have to think that every child lucky enough to have one of these would cherish it for their whole life. Great job!

  6. Sarah F says

    This is awesome!!!! Also, totally love that the directions are in comic book form. Even my hubby said he would learn to sew to make this awesome creation!!!! I promise to post a finished pic(……if I finish it this year!!!) my to make list is soooo long!

  7. says

    Thank you so much for this pattern and tutorial! I think this will be Christmas gifts for my kids this year. Maybe they’ll understand that they can wear pj’s more than once and it will lighten my laundry load some. I found this on pinterest and will repin to share with my friends, have liked your facebook and will definitely share pictures of my finished projects. Thank you again!

  8. Missy says

    Love the idea! I have several younger nieces and nephews for whom I will make these for Christmas. I will stay away from the monster theme, though, since three of the children just buried their father yesterday. Instead, I will modify each Pajama Eater to match each niece or nephew’s interest/favorite character. This should be a great hit!
    ~ Missy

  9. Michelle says

    What a fabulous tutorial! Crystal-clear directions AND eye candy in the form of a comic book. Plus, I’ve been trying (and failing) to find an ingenious way to convince my 7-year-old not to toss her pajamas into the laundry EVERY day. I am laundry-weary. Maybe this is the answer to my problem. Thank you!

  10. Veronica says

    These are so cute! My little guy will love it and I’m pretty sure my niece will be getting one for Christmas. Thank you for the freebie!

  11. Dorothee-Maria says

    Ooh, I am in love…!!
    These are too cute!
    Thank you so much for sharing this,
    I can’t wait to try that.
    I am going to make one adorable monster for each and every possible “victim” for that! :]
    To make them smile, every time they see/use it, just like I can’t stop smiling now. ♥!!!
    I will make one to sit with us in our living room, keeping our remote controls out of reach for our little girl – finally an “appropriate place” for them! :]
    THANK YOU, for making my heart beating a little faster.

  12. says

    I found you via
    I LOVE these! I think my grandson’s will be getting these for Christmas! (They’re 6 and 2… perfect ages!)
    I like how your instructions look like cartoons! That is so creative! I’m sure you have a program that you work with to do that.
    I liked you on FB!
    Have a GREAT day!

  13. Simone says

    Hey, these are amazing! I am so glad I found this. I plan on making them at Christmas presents for my godson and younger cousins and maybe even one for myself because they are just so darn cute! I have a silly question however, with the batting, do the pj’s sit on top of the batting in the mouth or did I just not read correctly and there’s a top “pouch” for the pjs and batting underneath that? Just out of curiosity..
    Thanks again for the tutorial though, I can’t wait to whip a few of these up!

  14. says

    I’m awestruck! These are so adorable and you are one creative lady! I’ll be making at least 4 of these for my great nieces and nephews for Christmas. I’d also love to make a few to donate to Toys for Tots this year if that would be okay? I’ll post on my blog when these are complete and link back to this original post. Thank you so much for your generosity!

  15. Alexis Gerritsen says

    Dear Jodi, I could print the instructions BUT the pattern for the pyjamam eaters would only print the arm, some of the teeth and nothing else! Please can you help with the pattern? Alexis,

    • says

      The pattern pieces are for all the non-rectangular pieces and there should be one for the teeth, arm, sole of foot, and eyes. Could you see all of those?

      The measurements for the rectangular pieces are given in the directions. If you have a rotary cutter and rulerthis is a very quick task. Use a ruler to measure and draw out the rectangular pieces on your fabric and then cut out. Hope that helps!

      • Alexis Gerritsen says

        Hi Jodi, My pattern printout (3times!) cuts off just past the bit that says “To print this pattern correctly” on the sole. Then nothing.

      • says

        I’m sorry to hear that, Alexis. That must be so frustrating. I can’t think of what could be wrong, except maybe something to do with the pdf reader that you are using? I’ll try emailing you the pattern directly to see if that helps.

  16. Storm says

    I’ve already been to the fabric store 3 times this week, but it looks like I will be making another trip today after work to get supplies for these guys. They are absolutely fantastic, and I love the ideas others had of using them as backpacks or to hold remote controls. I’m thinking of making one for remotes in my house (as we seem to have 2 remotes, and a multitude of video game controllers that we can never find) and another for my neice for her PJ’s.

    Thank you so much for the instructions!

  17. Alexis Gerritsen says

    Dear Jodi, Thank you very much – it’s perfect now – arms, sole and eyes! I’l start as soon as possible. Thank you for the wonderful help.

  18. Joan Gunter says

    Hi Jodi,
    At last an easy fun Christmas project for my youngest grandchildren (I’m considering some ideas for the teenagers as well). I’ll send pictures but it will be a day or two before I begin. We have a big family reunion on the docket and I’m the matriarch of our family. Thanks for making this free!

  19. says

    Saw your fab design today on the Bernina FB page. I had trouble printing like others but found this helpful tip also on the Bernina FB page: “@Elizabeth Bay — Very cute! This may be a Christmas present for my grandson. I had trouble printing too, until I realized I was using the wrong print menu. __Choose File/Print from below the words Google Doc__. I was using the web browser print screen and printing only the screen shot.”
    *Also – as I am outside the US, I set my printer to size the doc for US Letter paper, 8.5×11 inches*
    I’m going to make one for my son who will be 4 in 2 weeks! Thanks for sharing!!!

  20. says

    Oh wow, I LOVE these! I hope my twin toddlers will love them too :)

    2 Pajama eaters for their bedroom, but I’m seriously considering making a remote control eater for the living room too! (Thanks for the great idea fellow commenter!)

    Wish me luck, this will be my 1st real zipper attempt… Thanks :)

    • says

      Good luck! I recommend starting sewing with the zipper unzipped halfway. When you are close to the zipper pull, stop sewing with the needle down, left up the foot and scootch the zipper pull behind foot, then keep sewing.

  21. Esther says

    Thank you for the great tutorial. I will make some little monsters for my grand children. can already see there faces!


  22. Reenie says

    Jodi- these are ADORABLE and BRILLIANT. Now I want one. And I love the idea of one for the remotes too!! And Christmas gifts for the munchkins, and everything. This might be your million dollar idea, babe. I am so inspired, awed, impressed… you’re my hero :)

  23. michelle says

    my daughter told me not to make a “stuffed guy” (family name for plush) fir her to take to colledge, but if I make a goth version of this, she may take it with. Maybe even keep sleepware in it!

  24. clothespin says

    LOVE it. Perfect for my little girl and her cousins. But, with 5 cousins to sew for, I need to get busy soon! My sewing list is SO LONG. It’s not even funny. Thanks for adding to it!

  25. says

    This is sooooooo cool!! Makes me smile! :)

    BTW, thanks for the heads up on the sugar lollipops. They have included a link, which is ok by me. Some people share and don’t even bother to link back!
    I appreciate you looking out for me!! :)

    Have a sweet weekend!!

    • says

      No problem. I know I would want be told if someone was republishing my blog posts in their entirety on other websites. Link back or not.

  26. Jennifer says

    My first monster turned out GREAT (even though I accidentally put the legs on sideways, lol)!! I’m going to be making quite a few of these for Christmas and birthdays this year! Hubs is in the AirForce, and wants me to make some using some of his old uniforms (he even asked if I’m gonna make him one!) – I think they’ll be awesome gifts for the little boys on my list! Thanks so much!!

  27. says

    So cute! I’m going to make these for my 4 daughters for Christmas! What a great idea :) If I have the energy after four, I’ve got lot’s of little family members that would love these too! Thanks so much for sharing!

  28. says

    This has got to be one of the cutest projects I’ve seen!? What a GREAT idea! I adore your blog title and the banner with Wonder Woman. I have a Wonder Woman action figure on my sewing table. I like to think her little fist-pumping is all to cheer me on ; ) Been poking around your blog…good stuff! I’m going to share your Pajama Eaters on my crafty facebook page : )

  29. Lauren M. says

    These look amazing….I sooo wish I could sew!! I’m going to see if my mother in law can help me make one when she comes in town…I know both my kids would really love them! thank you for sharing and I’m pinning right now!!

  30. Karla says

    Do you still have the patterns available? I’ve been trying to download with no sucess… I want to cry!
    I really want to try these for my two boys

    • says

      It should be still available. email me with more details on what errors you are receiving and I will try to troubleshoot with you. sewfearless [at] gmail [dot] com

  31. Kim says

    I am not sure if the pattern printed out right for me. I did it the way you said and all of the pieces ended up on one sheet of paper still, can that be right? I’m trying this as my very first sewing project and have no idea what I’m doing.

    • says

      There is only one page to the PDF pattern. You should be able to see the arm, teeth, foot, and a few eye options. The rectangular pieces are not included. You will have to measure those out using a ruler.

      • Kim says

        Thank you so much, I guess it just looks bigger in the pictures so I thought it wouldn’t all fit on one page. I’m going to give it a try, hope it turns out well.

      • says

        The teeth are cut “on the fold” so that is why they look so small. Also, be sure to select “no scaling” when printing the PDF.

    • says

      There has been a small amount of confusion about accessing the file through Google Docs. When you click on the link to the pattern above, it will take you to the file within Google Docs. To download the PDF, you must click on the “File” menu *underneath* the Google Docs logo. From that menu select either “print” or “download original file”.

    • says

      These are pretty easy zippers to install And I hate installing zippers.

      I just learned of using a glue stick to hold the zipper in place for sewing . Genius! Pins are so fiddly around zippers.

  32. says

    Hi! I just saw these super-cute monsters and even though I won’t have time to sew one for the next months, I wanted to let you know, that in my eyes they are totally gorgeous! :)
    I found a quite similar but smaller monster in a little shop in Germany some time ago – it was to “eat” all the sorrows you write on a little piece of paper, so you don’t have to be sad anymore. I thought this to be quite cute. But your monster is both cute and practical which makes it even better. 😀

  33. Whitney says

    Ahh these are wonderful! Any way I can buy these? I checked out Vanessa’s Etsy but I wasnt as in love with hers as I am these ones.. Is anyone selling them cheap so I can give one to my baby sister? :)

  34. says

    fair warning for those thinking about making one… CANT JUST MAKE ONE….i am now in the process of 3 and 4 is almost planned out….amazing i LOVE LOVE LOVE them…all the kids in the family will have at least one before i am done i think!! i made one without a zipper and still turned out amazing and #3 has horns :) #4 is going to be out of a shirt from my late dad :)

  35. Shalane says

    Does the pattern print on one 8X11 sheet of paper?
    I don’t have the option to click ‘no scaling’ so I’m not sure if it printed correctly.

    • says

      yes it does. You will have more options to print if you download the pdf file to your computer and open it in a program like Adobe Reader.

  36. Michelle says

    I LOVE these!

    I’m from Denmark, so my english is not to good. Is the patteren no longer available? :( I would love to make one of these! Fantastic idea!

  37. Amber says

    How adorable! i came across these on Sumble & have fallen in-love! My 3 year old has to fold his clothes at the end of his bed but i think this would be a more fun (and appealing) idea.
    i am a horrible sewer but am going to attempt to make these. you should sell these, they’d be a hit!

  38. says

    I just placed a picture-link of your pajama eaters on my blog. Such a great idea!! They are already in my list of projects to do in the future.

  39. Jody says

    Awww man, Im so disapointed, I finally got the time and stuff to make these pj monsters and can’t do it, I printed the pattern out over a month ago and now I cant find it. My computer broke and I just got it back and was going to print off the pattern again but now it ‘s not free. :(
    My daughter will be so disapointed! I guess I will have to look around and hopfuly I can find it. .

    Thank You for the great monsters.

  40. chrissy carter says

    I amtrying to find the directions for these cute pajami monsters…… I love them I have a 21 month old son who I bet would just love them. I just started sewing, i would love to try and make these.

  41. Chrissy carter says

    I am having trouble understanding how to sew the sole of the foot to the leg?????? It seems impossible! Can anyone help me??

  42. Fran P says

    I just about finished with this pattern, but like the previous post, I don’t understand the sewing of the sole to the foot, please help me, thanks. Fran

    • says

      Things can look a tricky when fitting a curved edge (the sole) to a straight one (the leg). First, I am going to assume that the leg was sewn together properly. It should be a short fat tube, not a long skinny one. And that you printed out the pattern according to directions (you chose “no scaling” when printing).

      The circumference of the leg tube and the circumference of the outer edge of the sole do NOT match up, but the circumference of the tube and the circumference of the sole seam do. This is probably were your confusion is. Match up the bottom edge of the leg to the edge of sole. When fitting it to the curved corners, clip into the leg’s seam allowance (no farther than 1/4″ in ) maybe every 1/8 inch or so. This allows you to spread (or “ease”) out the leg’s seam allowance edge to fit the sole’s edge and the leg and sole will match up at the seam line.

      This is a nice picture of what I mean by clipping the seam allowance and stretching it around a curve.

      Hope that helps. If I didn’t explain it well enough, please email me. (sewfearless at gmail dot com)

  43. Angela says

    I made two of these for Christmas presents and the people I showed them too raved about them I now have requests from my friends who can’t sew to make the for their kids. Thanks for the great pattern – and they are so easy too. I pretty much got each one together in a day!

  44. says

    hey Jodi –

    I am at the VERY last step here with my pj eaters for my niece and nephew. They look great; however, I can’t exactly understand the steps 26 through the end. Is there an area where I can ask some basic questions? I don’t want to flood your comment area.


  45. Amber T. says

    I just bought the pattern last week and finished my first one just now. It is super cute! I just love the idea and the steps went together pretty easy. The legs are a bit tricky, but take your time and don’t overfill them and they are easy too. I’m glad I found this pattern in January – gives me plenty of time to make all the nieces and nephews one for Christmas! Thanks so much!

  46. Ann C. says

    I was bummed to find that the pattern is not free anymore, but $10.00?? Now that’s a little greedy I think, specially for a pattern that is not that hard to figure out. I understand trying to profit from your creativity, but that’s a little much, considering that it started as a free tutorial. Good luck.

    • Jen says

      I am super annoyed that it is not free. I can barely afford to pay for the fabric and now I have to buy the pattern? Lame.

  47. says

    I love this idea! I totally never know what to do with pjs. They aren’t clean so they don’t go back in the drawer, but they aren’t dirty so they don’t go in the clothes basket. I usually just throw them on top of the dresser and it looks aweful… this is such a cute idea for kids.

  48. ClauPego says

    Just marvelous!!!
    My kid loved it…


  49. Stephanie says

    I love this idea! I really wanted the pattern and when I did research wherever these lil monsters were there was a link that said free pattern and then it sends me to your site only to be told you now have to pay…I hope it becomes free again ’cause paying $8 converted into South African rands its like R90for this pattern our exchange rate is kinda pathetic. Awesome ideas you have though


  1. […] 1.) Pajama Eaters –The fiberfill, piece of white felt and the zipper will take you up to about $5 (and you’ll have to hunt a bit to keep the fiberfill in that realm). I’d also recommend repurposing the rest of the piece of white felt for the eyes instead of using sewable iron-on adhesives. If you are already a bit of a sewer or crafter and have some spare scraps lying around, you can keep this project under $5. However, these weird little creatures should make the kid and it’s mom pretty happy. […]

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