Baby Doll Pajamas with McCall’s Crafts Pattern 2862 #DollClothes #DollClothesPatterns

In this photograph, the Chelly Wood doll (a Spin Master Liv doll that has been repainted and had its wig dyed to look like the real doll clothing designer and writer Chelly Wood) holds up a copy of the McCall's Crafts baby doll clothes pattern number 2862. There's also a logo for the website, where you can find lots of free printable PDF sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes. This image comes from a blog post that explains how to make dolly pajamas or PJ's and/or slippers from everyday patterns.
Please visit for free printable sewing patterns for making clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

I get requests for doll pajamas all the time, and occasionally I’ll mention McCall’s Crafts Pattern #2862 as a good option.

What my fans and followers don’t realize is that pajama patterns are readily available for nearly all the dolls I’ve designed patterns for… right here on!

Yep. If there’s a dress pattern, it can become a nightgown pattern. It just depends upon how you use the pattern. In particular, it depends upon what fabric you use.

Take a look at the image below, for example:

Here we see a close-up of McCall's Crafts Pattern number 2862 for baby doll clothes in small, medium, and large doll sizes. There are colored arrows superimposed over the patterns. Clockwise, starting at one o'clock, we see a yellow arrow labeled "A" pointing at a baby doll in a long-sleeved nightgown with a ribbon tied around the neck and a Martha Washington-style nightcap. At five o'clock, we see a baby doll in a pair of overalls with a front pocket and a puff sleeve shirt underneath; there's no arrow pointing to this doll. At six o'clock we see a baby doll in an overalls-style dress with long puff sleeves; again, there's no superimposed arrow pointing at this doll. At seven o'clock we see a baby doll in footie pajamas with long sleeves; a yellow arrow marked "B" points at this doll. At eleven o'clock we see a baby doll in a pinafore style dress with ruffles at the arms and at the bottom of the dress (she also wears a bonnet); a red arrow points at this baby doll. In the center of all of these dolls is a baby doll wearing a blue bonnet, a blue dress, and a white pinafore (she also wears little blue bootie shoes); there's a blue arrow pointed at her booties. The photo of this pattern comes from, a free doll clothes pattern website, where a discussion about baby doll pajama patterns and their variations accompanies this image.
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Most people think of patterns A and B as the pajama patterns here. But what if you sewed the pinafore (see red arrow) out of flannel? It would become a nightgown instead.

And what if you made the booties out of flannel or even polar fleece? Voila! You now have slippers!

A shorts outfit can become pajamas quite easily. Have a look at these shorts, for example:

This photo shows the Kaya doll from the American Girl dolls collection wearing a turquoise green jersey fabric tee shirt with colorful pink and turquoise cotton shorts.
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What if we made the shorts out of flannel pajama material? Below you’ll see how I changed my shorts into PJ’s just by altering the fabric they were made from:

The image shows an 18 inch doll modeling a pair of pajama shorts and a pajama top. The doll holds a quilted pillow, like she's about to participate in a pillow fight. She wears slippers shaped like bunny rabbits. Behind her on the wall is a quilt with fabrics sewn in the shape of appliqued hearts. The overlay offers the URL of the website where you can download and print the PDF sewing patterns for making these flannel shorts and the super-easy-to-sew felt top:
Click here for all the patterns and tutorial videos you’ll need to make this set of pajamas for 18″ (45-46 cm) dolls:

Same shorts pattern; different look…

So when we study any doll clothes pattern — including the one I’m discussing today, McCall’s Crafts Pattern #2862, consider making each outfit with a different fabric than the one suggested on the pattern itself:

In a turquoise blue and purple fabric quilted frame, we see the logo for the Chelly Wood dot com free doll clothes pattern website, along with an image of the McCall's Crafts doll clothes pattern number 2862, which offers six different baby doll outfits including two variations on doll pajamas or PJ's including a nightgown and a pair of footie pajamas.
Please visit for free printable sewing patterns for making clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Could you turn the long nightgown into a baptismal dress with white cotton and lace?

What about the yellow footie pajamas? How could you alter these to become a Halloween costume?

As you develop your skills as a sewist, you’ll learn what fabrics work best for variations on your patterns, but you really only develop this skill if you experiment.

Most of the patterns I display and talk about here on are also available for sale on eBay. However, if you’ve never purchased a pattern on eBay before, it’s a good idea to read the article I wrote called, “Tips for Buying Used Doll Clothes Patterns on eBay.” It will save you time, money, and will likely prevent buyer’s remorse.

And by the way, if you use the links I’ve provided to make your eBay purchase, this website will receive a small commission, which helps fund the website, so I can continue to provide you with all the free patterns and tutorial videos offered here.

Today’s blog post is a re-post. To understand why Chelly Wood is taking some time off, reposting older blog topics, revisit the end-of-March blog post entitled, “There’s a cat in my sewing room!

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