Make adorable matching family Christmas pajamas with these FREE bear SVG files.
She wants matching Christmas PJs like those cute ones on Zulily. The rest of the family rolls their eyes at the thought. What to do??
Tell them if they want those coveted items on their Christmas lists, they will make Mama bear happy. They will put on the homemade pajamas and smile at the camera…
That’s about how things go in my house. As my kids get older, it’s getting harder to keep the tradition of wearing matching pajamas Christmas morning. But I still love it and will torture them as long as I can!
When they were younger, it was easy to find cheap pajamas at Children’s Place or Old Navy in their sizes. Now, the sizes are all over the place and finding inexpensive PJs isn’t easy.
Enter my beloved Cricut. Whipping up some matching shirts is easy and quick. I’ve even made it one step easier for you… you don’t even need to design anything. I have the whole family covered with these bear SVG files.
Materials Needed for DIY Matching Pajamas
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- t-shirts – I bought this soft Raglan shirt off Amazon
- pajama pants or fabric to make your own – Here’s a great tutorial on how to make DIY flannel pajama pants
- Cricut cutting machine – always check prices between Cricut.com and Amazon (click links to compare!)
- Heat Transfer vinyl
- Fabric (optional) – I got this cute buffalo check plaid from Joanns
- Heat and Bond (optional)
- Heat Press or Iron
- FREE cut file – see below
Shirts are super easy to make when you have your own electronic cutting machine. Make sure to check out all the other amazing things you can make with a Cricut in my Ultimate Guide of Cricut Ideas.
Last year I made a set of matching Christmas pajamas with monogrammed antlers. You can grab that FREE Christmas SVG file here.
This year I’m a little in love with buffalo check plaid so of course, I had to make some new pajama shirts. I had fabric left over from my easy pillow inserts and buffalo plaid stockings that I made, so I didn’t even need to buy more. Win-Win!
2 Easy Ways to Use the Bear SVG files
- The easiest and quickest way to make the shirt is to cut out the FREE bear SVG file the same color heat transfer vinyl and apply it to your shirt. Or you can use some lumberjack patterned iron-on vinyl to cut the bear out with to jazz it up.
- I have step by step video tutorials on how to upload, cut, weed vinyl and apply with an iron. Click on purple links to watch tutorials if you need more help with this step.
- Use fabric for the bear. I decided to cut the bear out of flannel fabric and apply it to the shirt with heat and bond. All the wording is cut out of black siser easyweed heat transfer vinyl.
Cutting Bonded Fabric with the Cricut
I used the same method for making personalized towels as I did for applying the bear. Make sure to hop on over to that post for more detailed instructions.
- I cut a piece large enough for the bear of both the flannel and heat bond.
- Follow directions on packaging to adhere the heat and bond to the fabric with an iron or heat press.
- Cut the bonded fabric with your Cricut according to it’s dropdown settings.
- If there are any strands just cut them off. Peel paper off back.
- I heat pressed the HTV Mama Bear wording on first. If you need full details on operating a heat press, check out my heat press tutorial here. Then I pressed the fabric bear down, placed a Teflon sheet over all of it and pressed it again.
You’re all done! Repeat for all the shirts.
You Should Know This
I absolutely love the look of the plaid flannel bear. However, truth be told, I don’t have the best of luck with fabric appliques staying on through a lot of washings. Turning it inside out and washing it in cold water will definitely help.
If some of the edges start coming up, you can sew all the way around it as I did with my personalized towels. (Heat and Bond does recommend using Light Hold if you are going to be sewing it though). Or you can apply a little of unique stitch under the edges.
If mine falls off too quickly, I’ll probably just add another one or apply a patterned HTV instead. No biggie!
As with all my files, these are for personal use only. If you would like to purchase a commercial use license, click here.
I’d love to know if you got the eye rolls from your family!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a creative day!