Grainline Studio Lakeside Pajamas… as Running Shorts


I’ve made two pairs of Lakeside pajamas before (a crazy butterfly pair and a silky black and white pair) but this version is way different. This time, I made these pajama shorts into running shorts! 


The only thing that makes these running shorts as opposed to pajama shorts is the fabric. Here I used a hot pink mesh fabric from I actually bought this material on a complete whim. I was ordering some curtain lining fabric that cost $45. offers free shipping if you hit the $50 mark, so I needed a few more items. Suddenly a yard of this hot pink mesh was in my cart. Because I already had the pattern and elastic left over from my last pair, these shorts were a bargain at just $3.98.

I made my own bias tape again for this version. I love the clean sporty finish that it gives the shorts, but it really can be a pain to apply. I still haven’t gotten the hang of joning the side seams with the overlapping bias tape (maybe 4th time’s the charm?), but I doubt anyone will notice.


I’ve worn these shorts on numerous occasions already, and I’m a big fan. They’re great for running and lounging, but not so great for other athletic activities as they’re a bit short, so beware if that’s your intention.

Pattern: Grainline Studio Lakeside Pajama shorts, size 4
Fabric: 1 yard polyester athletic mesh knit from @ $3.98/yd
Notions: Self-made bias tape, 1.25″ elastic
Cost: $3.98 fabric + elastic and thread from stash  = $3.98
Time: 4 hours

One final note: I’ve started a new category in “my closet”, found on the left navigation page. You can now look at all the activewear I’ve made in one place. It’s a pretty small collection now, but has recently been growing quite a bit, and I plan on continuing to add to it. Check it out!



7 thoughts on “Grainline Studio Lakeside Pajamas… as Running Shorts

  1. Kelly

    I love how these turned out! Can you tell me about how much bias tape was used? And how much fabric was needed to make one pair?


    • Thanks! I don’t remember exactly how much of either fabric or bias tape, but it was less than a yard of fabric (probably 1/2 yard), and definitely less than 1 package of bias tape. I made my own here, so I don’t know exactly how much I used, but on a previous pair I used premade tape and had lots left. I hope you make a pair too!


  2. Hi I tried to find this on IG but now I have realized that you posted it in 2017. I use IG to keep track of inspirational makes, and this is one of them! I wish I could find a good running shorts material in my stash, but I can’t at the moment, so I will keep an eye out for good activewear mesh for these shorts. For the bias tape, did you cut it out from the shorts material? That sounds like it would be tough because it would be so slippery… How are the shorts holding up?


    • I’m so glad you find these inspirational! I wore them on run this week, and they are wearing great. I did cut the bias tape out from the shorts material. This mesh is surprisingly not very slippery. It’s not like the material that men’s basketball shorts are made out of, but is more firm and less shiny. I actually made a sports bra out of the leftovers this weekend. If you do end up making these, make sure to size up because they are quite short!


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