Footsie pyjamas are a simple way to feel warm and cosy physically as well as emotionally, but adult versions are often difficult to come by. Additionally, adults may find one-piece footsie pyjamas difficult to manoeuvre, especially in the middle of a very cold night. You can still have the benefits of footsie pyjamas without the hassle, however, by sewing a traditional pajama set with separate top and bottom and adding feet to the bottom using a pair of warm socks and some gripper fabric.
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Things you need
- Pajama pattern
- Thread and other items required by your pattern
- 3-5 yards sweatshirt fleece, velour, blanket fleece, double knit, interlock or single knit fabric, 45-inches wide
- ½-inch wide elastic
- 12-by-13-inch gripper fabric
Purchase a pair of comfortable, thick socks to match the fabric you purchased for the pyjamas. You will be adding gripper fabric to the soles, but ensure the socks are thick enough to keep your feet warm while walking around on bare flooring.
Make two alterations to the pajama sewing pattern: Shorten the hemline by 1 inch, and taper the seam starting at approximately 5 inches above the hemline. Make the width at the hemline 1 or 2 inches wider than the width of the socks. After you sew in the leg seam make a narrow hem at the bottom of the each leg turning under approximately ½ inch.
Pin the pattern to the material following the instructions. Cut each piece of material and, if desired, use a zigzag stitch on the edge of each piece to help keep the fabric edges from unravelling.
Measure the elastic to ½ inch shorter than the width of the socks.
Turn the pajama bottoms inside out. Sew the elastic into each leg approximately ½ to ¾ inches from the hemline. Start at the side seam and backstitch the first ¼ inch of elastic to the material to secure it. Straight stitch approximately 1 inch and then pull the elastic as you sew around the circumference of the leg.
Cut the gripper fabric to the dimensions of the sole of the socks. Sew a narrow 1/4-inch hem around the gripper material. Pin the wrong side of the gripper fabric to the bottom of each sock, and hand sew around the edges to secure it to the sock.
Pin the top of each sock to the inside of each pant leg just below the bottom of the elastic. Ensure that the front of the sock points forward toward the front of each pant leg. Hand sew the sock to the pant leg using a blind stitch or slip stitch.
Sew the pajama top according to the pattern instructions.
Tips and warnings
- You can save some sewing time by purchasing a pair of pyjamas and adding the socks and gripper material. Rip the seams of each pant leg to approximately 5 inches above the hemline, taper and resew as instructed above, adding a sock to each leg.
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