How to Add Cuffs to Pajama Pants

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Learn how to add cuffs to pajama pants. The knit fabric cuffs will lengthen any pajama pants that are made from woven or knit fabric.

I recently got some new pajama pants for myself. They were simple and basic and, unfortunately, too short. I almost always have this problem when buying ready-to-wear because I’m taller than average.

I decided to add some cuffs to my pajama pants to make them look like joggers and add a couple of inches of length to make them longer.

how to add cuffs to pajama pants

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how to add cuffs to pajama pants

How to Add Cuffs to Pajama Pants

supplies

pajama pants no cuff

Instructions

Cut the hem off the bottom off the pants or unpick the hem. (I tried unpicking the hem and it starting creating holes in the fabric so I just decided to cut it off.)

either cut off hem or seam rip the hem

Measure the entire circumference of the bottom of the pant leg. Multiply it by .8. This is the width of the cuff and should go with the stretch of the fabric.

Cut a two pieces of knit fabric that is the width you found by 5 inches tall.

cut two pieces of knit fabric for cuff

Sew the short edges of the knit rectangles together at 1/4 inch.

Fold the cuffs in half matching up raw edges with wrong sides together to enclose the seams. Do the same to the other cuff.

fold in half and sew seam

Divide the cuffs into four sections and pin. Divide the pants hem into four sections and pin. Match up the sections of the cuff with the sections of the pants hem and pin.

pin cuff to pant leg

Sew the three layers together with 1/4 inch seam allowance and a zigzag stitch or serger. Finish the edges with a serger or zigzag stitch. Do the same to the other leg.

Fold the cuff down. Press the cuff down and the seam allowance up towards the pants.

sew cuff to leg

You finished! Enjoy your now longer pants!

TUTORIAL: Adding Cuffs to Pajama Pants
how to add cuffs to pajama pants

How to Add Cuffs to Pajama Pants

Yield: Adds cuffs to 1 pair of pajama pants
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: Free

Learn how to add cuffs to pajama pants. The knit fabric cuffs will lengthen any pajama pants that are made from woven or knit fabric.

Materials

  • Pajama pants without a cuff
  • Matching knit fabric

Tools

  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine

Instructions

  1. Cut the hem off the bottom off the pants or unpick the hem. (I tried unpicking the hem and it starting creating holes in the fabric so I just decided to cut it off.)
  2. Measure the bottom of the pant leg. Multiply it by .8. This is the width of the cuff and should go with the stretch of the fabric.
  3. Cut a two pieces of knit fabric that is the width you found by 5 inches tall.
  4. Sew the short edges of the knit rectangles together at 1/4 inch.
  5. Fold the cuffs in half matching up raw edges with wrong sides together to enclose the seams. Do the same to the other cuff.
  6. Divide the cuffs into four sections and pin. Divide the pants hem into four sections and pin. Match up the sections of the cuff with the sections of the pants hem and pin.
  7. Sew the three layers together with 1/4 inch seam allowance and a zigzag stitch or serger. Finish the edges with a serger or zigzag stitch. Do the same to the other leg.
  8. Fold the cuff down. Press the cuff down and the seam allowance up towards the pants.
  9. You finished! Enjoy your now longer pants!

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i’m trying to follow the directions for adding the cuff to a pair of pajamas. I am confused as to how to measure. Do you mean to measure the width of the leg of the pajamas and divide that by .8 or are you measuring all the way around and dividing that by .8? For example my pajamas are 9 1/2 inches wide one side which would make it 19 1/2 inches all the way around. Do you mean to divide 9 1/2 x .8 which would be 7.6 or are you talking about dividing 19×.8 which would be 15.2?
please help.
Thanks,

I missed the part where you insert the elastic- can you tell me when to do that?
Thank you.

Elastic hack I figured out: Loop a pipe cleaner through the safety pin before inserting the pin into the elastic space. Pull the pipe cleaner through. Takes less than half the time.