During the cold Winter months, I like putting Roman in footed pyjamas. I know his toes will stay nice and warm. I get cold feet so I feel like he will too. Now that he’s in a size 2, they’re hard to come by. He has a pair with fold over cuffs that are genius, so I’ve been studying them. Luckily, it’s really easy to add them to a pair of pyjama pants so that any pair can have footies on them!
These cuffs can also be used to put fold over mittens onto the sleeve of pyjamas for little ones. The good thing is, when your child grows out of the footies, just unfold them and you have a long pair of pyjama pants due to the nice long cuffs.
Fold Over Cuffs for Mittens or Footies
A pair of pyjama pants*
Ribbing or cotton lycra
Measure the length of the bottom of your babies foot (or shoe if your little one is asleep). Add 5 cm (2″). (For mittens add 1 inch.) Double this to get your length. My measurement was 32 cm (11 + 5 x 2). Cut 2 rectangles this length and the width of cuff you need. The width should be slightly less than the width of the hem you are adding the cuff to.** My measurement was 9 cm.
Cut 2 rectangles for the fold over cuff. Use the same width as above and 1.5 x length you calculated. (For mittens, I would almost double the length.) My measurement was 48 cm. All my pieces are laid out above.
Fold the long pieces in half lengthwise, right side out. Fold the short pieces in half lengthwise, right side in. Then, fold up the end of the longer pieces up so that they are the same length as the short pieces.
Put the folded piece inside the short piece with the raw edges all up the same way.
Stitch up both sides. Turn right way out.
Feel free to play with them just to make sure they work. Genius! This got me thinking I should put some mittens on a top for really cold days when I’m out walking with the pram.
Now attach the cuffs to the pants the way you usually do and with the fold to the back.
*If you want to make a pair of pyjama pants, then I’d recommend the Sleeping Johns pattern from ‘Growing Up Sew Liberated’ made up in a knit of some sort. Just add the cuffs to the unfinished bottoms of the pants. If you’re using a pair of already finished pyjama pants, just cut off the hem first.
**The hem of my pants was 10cm wide, so I cut my cuff pieces 9cm wide. Once sewn up, the cuffs are about 7cm wide. If the pants you are using have quite loose fitting legs, then you may need to measure around your babies foot to get a good width measurement. The cuffs should be reasonably snug.