Girls PJ Shorts Refashion

Despite not sleeping well last night (after a fun night out with the girls!), I had a burst of energy after lunch and decided to go through the kids fall clothes from last year and get rid of whatever won't fit this year. My almost 4 year old daughter is SUPER picky and will only wear stretch pants so we ended up with a bunch of cute ones from last year that still fit in the waist, but are now too short. So, instead of sending them off to goodwill, I decided to make them into some cute PJ shorts and add some applique to her camis. This is very easy and a fun way to get some new PJs out of clothes you already have.

Here's what I started with: 3 pairs of pants (only got 2 in the picture).

I cut off the legs at about 1/2" longer than I wanted the shorts to be.

Folded the edge over about 1/2" and ironed.

Then sewed a simple zig-zag stitch along the bottom edge. I like to use my walking foot and stretch the fabric a little bit as I sew. That way the stitching has a little bit of stretch and won't break.

Here's how the right side looks.

The best part is that you've got all the fabric you cut off from the bottom of the pants leftover to do some fun applique. I grabbed the PJ Ts and camis out of my daughter's drawer and added some coordinating decorations.

The easiest way to do the applique is to use wonder under. I didn't have any on hand, so I just fused some lightweight interfacing to my fabric piece, cut out the shape, and sewed it on using a straight stitch. The interfacing keeps the fabric from stretching while you sew.

This birdie applique is definitely my favorite.

Finished shorts.

Finished PJ set.

There it is! This was super quick and very satisfying, and once again, not on my sewing list! Oh well.....

Leave me a comment if you make a pair, I'd love to see what others come up with.


  1. Super cute, and definitely gratifying as it seems pretty quick to end up with a useful finished product. :)

  2. Awww... I like the bird and elephant too! Maybe you can make me and Rich "Bird" and "Bear" shirts. :) And maybe one for Liger too... haha, just kidding!