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Plaid & Paisley Pajama Pants {+ DIY Cuff Tutorial}

2016 December 13

What do you think of my new workwear?! Great, right? *Kidding* (of course), but that’s what I feel like they should be! I’ve been wearing these lounge/pajama pants every day since I finished them. This flannel is hands-down the coziest and warmest fabric I have ever had the pleasure of sewing with.

After school today I was out shopping for stocking stuffers with my kids. It is finally acting like winter around here, we even got about 5″ of heavy snow recently! Dark had settled in when we got home and we were all feeling a bit chilled. I went upstairs to change into my new pajama pants, and (I kid you not) I was warmed up in minutes. They really are as fluffy and thick as the photos look. My oldest is asking for her own now!

Sylvia from Country Clothesline and I worked together to bring you this new tutorial today. Adding cuffs to a pair of pants is a quick and simple project. Dress up your handmade pajama pants or add cuffs to a ready-made pair! 

This fabric sells out fast! But you can find links to all of these re-stocked Mammoth Flannels below, available as of today. They are 100% cotton, yarn-dyed and double napped + it’s so soft to wear and washes up beautifully. I almost think I should have made a full-body onesie complete with feet and a hood – I’d never be cold again!

Sylvia’s usual selection of fresh and pretty fabrics also provided the contrasting cuff. It was so hard to choose from the three she sent over. After a ton of consideration, the paisley won out.

Country Clothesline Shop News

  • All the Christmas fabric is now 40% off while it lasts and in store.
  • Just in time for Christmas gifting – Gift Cards are available! Purchase and use them at the 471 Coburn shop in Toronto.
I’m also super pleased to say that I’ll be teaching classes at the Country Clothesline and Fabric Spark’s Toronto brick & mortar location in the New Year. Can’t wait to meet more of you, lovely readers!

DIY Pant Cuff Sewing Tutorial

These cuffs are a great contrasting addition to make a simple pair of pants more special. They use about a 1/4 yard of fabric, so you can probably even make them from a fat quarter!

This tutorial will make cuffs for any size you need. I used my favorite Ladies’ Harem & Lounge Pants pattern for the pants. This is my third pair – it’s great to have a well-fitting go-to pattern!

  1. Pre-wash and sew your pants according to the pattern, omitting the leg hem. (Or add cuffs to a ready-made pair.) Try the pants on and mark your desired length. Add 1/2″ for cuff seam and cut off the excess.
  2. Calculate your cuff size. Cut 2.
    • Cuff Height = Double your desired height + 1″ for seam allowances
    • Cuff Width = Double the Pant Leg Width + 1″ for seam allowances
  3. Place each cuff RST, matching the short side seam. Stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Overedge stitch, zig-zag or use pinking shears to finish the raw edges.
  4. Turn and fold the cuff so the wrong sides are together and raw edges are matching, press. This will create a tube.
  5. With the pants inside out, place the tube over the leg opening, match the raw edges and pin. The cuff seam should line up with the inner leg seam on the pants.
  6. Stitch the raw edges with a 1/2″ seam.  Overedge stitch, zig-zag or use pinking shears to finish the raw edges.
  7. Turn the pants right side out. Press the cuff seam allowance toward the pants.
  8. Fold the cuff up along the seam line and press.
  9. Tack the cuffs into place with a few stitches along each side seam to keep them in place.
  10. Press well. Done!

Enjoy your new pants!


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6 Responses leave one →
  1. Michele permalink
    December 14, 2016

    Looks awesome!! I have a pair of lounging pants that need cuffs!! Thank you for sharing a great idea!!

    • December 15, 2016

      Thanks so much Michele! Glad you can use the tutorial! I love how it fancies-up my regular pj’s :)

  2. December 16, 2016

    This is a fine “Merry Xmas to me” gift.

  3. December 16, 2016

    The paisley cuffs look great! (Last comment was cut off.)

  4. Andrea permalink
    January 21, 2017

    I was just looking up pajamas on your site and see the exciting news that you will be teaching at Fabric Spark/ Country Clothesline! I live only a few blocks away and they are my go-to spot and you are my go-to sewing inspiration (I love the fat quarters skirts for my daughter). I don’t see your class yet in their newsletters but I can’t wait to check it out!

    • January 24, 2017

      Yay Andrea! I’m so excited! It would be lovely to hang out :) I’m so flattered that you like my blog *blushing* You’ve made my day! We are in process of deciding what classes to offer – hopefully soon we can let you know! Lovely to be only a few blocks from their shop. It’s gorgeous!

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