Project Design Team Wednesday~Flannel Christmas Nightgown

Posted by administrator on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012



Riley Blake Flannel Nightgown Tutorial


Supply List:

2 yds Riley Blake Design Santa’s Workshop Flannel 

1 package of double fold red fleece bias tape

14 inches of 1/2” wide elastic

Nightgown with Raglan Sleeves to create pattern


First of all, I have not sewn with a commercial pattern…yet.  I just create my own patterns from existing garments or I draw the garment/product I want to create on paper and create a pattern on tissue paper.  This is probably not the easy way, but it’s the way I taught myself to sew.  That being said, this tutorial is based on an existing nightgown my daughter has wore out.  To see how I create a pattern from the old nightgown go here.

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Starting with the front and back pieces, lay them right sides together.

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Sew down the side starting at the armpit.


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Iron the seams flat and topstitch down both sides.


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1. Add the red fleece bias tape on the cuff of both sleeves.  {NOTE: I should have done this to the hem of the body, too, but I planned to do a ruffle…then changed my mind :)}

2. Sandwich the cuff of the sleeve between the bias tape and pin together. 

3. Sew a topstitch on the bias tape and your done…with that part.


Christmas Nightgown Tutorial Sleeve 2 

Fold the sleeve in half right sides together and sew from the armpit down to the cuff.


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Turn the sleeve right side out and iron the seam flat.  Top stitch to create a finished look.

Christmas Nightgown Tutorial Sleeve 3

Repeat this process with the other sleeve and we are ready to put everything together.



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1. Make sure the body is right side in and the sleeves are right side out.

2. Slide the sleeve into the body where the sleeve should go. :)

3. Match the seams at the armpit spot on the sleeve and the body.

4. Pin the sleeve in place and sew into place.

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Turn right side out, iron flat and top stitch.  Repeat the same process for the other sleeve.

Create the casing for the neck:

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I serged the neck line to make it easier to work with.  Then I unfolded the bias tape and ironed it out and pinned one edge all the way around the neck.   Sew it in place.

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Then fold the bias tape inside the neck line and pin it to the seam you just sewed.  You are making a casing for the elastic right now.  Sew the casing into place leaving a 1 inch opening to insert the elastic for the neck.


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Insert the 14” elastic (or whatever size you need) through the 1 inch opening.  The best way to do this is by putting a safety pin on one end of the elastic and working it through the casing. Constantly hold the other end of the elastic so you don’t lose it in the casing. When the ends meet, overlap them a bit and zigzag stitch them together…back stitch a lot.

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Almost done.  All you have to do now is attach the fleece bias tape to the hem of your nightgown just like you did the sleeves. 

Christmas Nightgown Tutorial Finished

And you’re done!

Riley Blake Flannel Nightgown Tutorial

My little one LOVES nightgowns so I suspect she will be living in this one for a while…I think she likes it.


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Category: Project Design Team Wednesday


  1. Very Cute! I wish you would post your pattern, and size I have some babies who live in another state so don't have anything to trace. But this is just adorable!
    by Shari
    November 07th, 2012 at 7:26 a.m.
  2. Love it! Same as above for me...could you send us your pattern as a pdf and give us sizes? So very cute.
    by dispack
    November 07th, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
  3. Hello, Have you the pdf en the sizes? Greetings Anja
    by Anja
    September 15th, 2014 at 2:08 p.m.
  4. Hi Ladies, I know I am REALLY late in responding to the pattern question. There is a link in the instructions as to how I made my own pattern using an existing nightgown:
    by Becky Marie
    September 15th, 2014 at 6:58 p.m.
  5. Thanks, but. . . how do you make the pattern bigger than the one your child has outgrown. . . . Also, the idea for the body part is easy enough, it's the measurements & shape of the sleeve is the realy tricky part - Any suggestions?
    by Mona Kitchen
    March 23rd, 2015 at 7:44 a.m.
  6. Love the pqttern though as above How do you make it grow like the kids☺ Thankyou for sharing
    by vicki
    August 28th, 2015 at 8:55 a.m.

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