Have you ever had the super frustrating situation where you have a perfectly good sleeper, but there are holes in the footies? Where they wear out before your kids have the chance to grow out of them? I love footies sleepers, but the downside? It limits the amount of time your kiddos can wear them, or heaven forbid, their little toes poke holes through!
I decided to give these sleepers a little makeover and extend their life a little bit. And as long as they aren't worn out in any other places, they can then be passed on to someone else, therefore reducing waste!
For the fabric for the cuffs, I used a 10 oz Cotton/Lycra fabric
. You can also use old worn t-shirts or the legs from Leggings that have knee holes in them!
Here's what to do!
First step is to cut away the footies of the sleepers. Try and cut as straight as possible.
Cut out a rectangle that is the same width as the sleeper leg circumference. Take a look a the photo below to see how I did it!
I made my cuffs quite long, because my son has been growing so much, I wanted to get as much length out of them as possible. So mine here measure 10". You can make your's anywhere from 4"-10"
Keep folded in half and sew down the length of your cuff. I used my Singer Legacy Sewing to sew these. I used stitch #3 as shown in the photo below. It's one of my favourite stitches to use on knits. If your machine doesn't have this exact stitch you can always use what is closest.
Fold your cuff in half as shown above. And place in your sleeper leg. Make sure the right sides are facing.
When sewing small circumferences like this, I find it easiest to sew around with the majority of the fabric above, like you can see if the photo. It's a bit hard to describe, so hopefully the photos help.
Trim the excess of your seam allowance away, being careful not to cut any stitches!
Repeat for your other leg.