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Fancy up your DIY pj pants

Start at the End
Start at the EndKelsey Whing

Flannel pj pants are a great gift for winter and an easy project for all ages. Here's an excellent tutorial as to how to make a pair of pjs simple and quick. However, there's an easy was to fancy them up or add an extra touch: sewing cuffs on the legs!

To make the cuffs you'll need:

  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • pins
  • ruler
  • pajama pant fabric
  • cuff fabric
  • coordinating thread
Start at the End
Start at the End Kelsey Whing

Start at the End

Starting at the end or bottom of the pantleg, measure out the length of the cuffs and the bias tape. Make sure that you've already sewn along the outside edges of each piece of fabric to ensure that it doesn't unravel. 

Pin the Bias Tape
Pin the Bias Tape Kelsey Whing

Pin the Bias Tape

Line up the bias tape with the edge of the stitching you already did, so that it won't show up after you sew on the bias tape. Pin the bias tape in place, unfolding one side to do so. Sew along the fold of the bias tape. 

Pinning the Bias Tape
Pinning the Bias Tape Kelsey Whing

Pinning the Bias Tape

Line up the bias tape with the edge of the stitching you already did, so that it won't show up after you sew on the bias tape. Pin the bias tape in place, unfolding one side to do so. Sew along the fold of the bias tape.

Ironing the Seam
Ironing the Seam Kelsey Whing

Ironing the Seam

Iron the seam flat once you've sewn the bias tape to the pants cuff. Ironing will help flatten the seam and allow you to sew more evenly around when attaching the cuffs to the pant leg. 

Iron the pant leg
Iron the pant leg Kelsey Whing

Iron the pant leg

Before you sew the cuff to the pant leg, iron the pant leg up 1/4" to 1/2" depending on how much you need to take up in order to create a straight line. 

Line up the pant leg and cuff
Line up the pant leg and cuff Kelsey Whing

Line up the pant leg and cuff

Line up the pant leg ON TOP of the bias tape that's been sewn onto the cuff. You can pin it in place if you need to, but I had an easier time sewing a little bit and then line everything up and repeat. 

Second perspective pair
Second perspective pair Kelsey Whing

Second perspective pair

This is a second set of fabrics to demonstrate the points made previously as to sewing on the cuffs and attaching the pant leg on top of the cuff. These cuffs are made the same way. 

Finished Cuff
Finished Cuff Kelsey Whing

Finished Cuff

This is a second set of fabrics to demonstrate the points made previously as to sewing on the cuffs and attaching the pant leg on top of the cuff. These cuffs are made the same way.

Finished Pant Leg and Cuff
Finished Pant Leg and Cuff Kelsey Whing

Finished Pant Leg and Cuff

This is a second set of fabrics to demonstrate the points made previously as to sewing on the cuffs and attaching the pant leg on top of the cuff. These cuffs are made the same way.

Top Stitching
Top Stitching Kelsey Whing

Top Stitching

This is a second set of fabrics to demonstrate the points made previously as to sewing on the cuffs and attaching the pant leg on top of the cuff. These cuffs are made the same way.