Tutorial: Upcycle PJ Pants into a Winter Infinity Scarf!

Moved from my very first ever blog is my first ever blog post!  This is one of my favorite tutorials ever.  Have fun up cycling!  You’ll have to forgive the cruddy pictures and the cutting mat, we used it for all sorts of crafts, too!

A couple weeks ago my friend gave me some clothes she was getting rid of to pick through and see if there was anything I wanted before she donated it all.  Awesome!  Of course I grabbed the pretty scarves and a sequin bag and an awesome white purse, but the four pairs of pajama pants she had in the bag caught my eye too.  Did I need more pjs? Umm, no way.  I have too many!  But I thought I could do something with them, so to my shelf they went.  It’s May now (so hard to believe!) but I thought these would make adorable infinity scarves for winter this year.  Plus, I love turning old things into new things without spending a dime!  Who doesn’t?!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • one old pair of pajama pants

  • scissors



Step 1: Lay out your pants, facing up. The front side is usually less wide than the back side, as you’ll see. (Gotta have room for the booty)!

Step 2:  Take your scissors and cut up each seam starting at the seam that would lay at your outer ankles, stopping at the bottom of the waistband.


The inner seam will curve around to the opposite leg. Follow that curve and cut all the way down to the other ankle. Now, cut along the bottom of the waistband to detach the front and back pieces from it. Then cut the center seam of both pieces.  This will give you 4 seperate pieces. Don’t freak out if it’s looking pretty shabby right now; the jagged parts will all be trimmed off next!

You should have 4 of these:


Step 3:  Since I used plaid, I used lines on the pants as a guide.  I did no measuring whatsoever during this project, it’s very forgiving if things aren’t perfect!  I cut a straight line on each side from the bottom to the top, keeping my main panel piece as wide as possible.  Then I cut off the bottom hem.  (See below).

Step 4:  Okay, okay. This step is optional, but why throw out perfectly good supplies you can use later?! Think a about it. We’ve got a perfectly good ribbon, elastic band and buttons here that we could use for something else in the future! Starting at the opening for the ribbon ties to come out of, I began cutting open the casing, being careful not to cut the ribbon or elastic band.

These particular pants had the ribbon stitched in at the back, so I couldn’t just pull it out.

Once I got both sides of the casing cut to where the stitching was that held the ribbon in, I just used my seam ripper to finish the job. With a little ironing, it was like I had a brand new sparkly ribbon!

(Be careful with the heat. Adjust your iron settings accordingly).

Next I took the two little buttons off the front:

Then I seam ripped the elastic band out of it.

It’s kinda like getting free supplies!! Lol

Now back to our scarf!

Step 5:  Take 2 of your panels and place them right sides together.  Sew one seam along the long side of the rectangle.  Do not sew the other sides!  Repeat this for the other pair.

Here’s what you’ll have:


Step 6:  Iron your seams!  This is not something you should ever skip to save time!

Step 7:  Now lay both of your big rectangles right sides together, and pin the short side on one end. Go ahead and sew this as well, then press. Now you’ve got one reallllly long rectangle!

Step 8:  Pick one short end of the rectangle, it doesn’t matter which.  Fold over  (toward the wrong side of the fabric) 1/4 inch and iron, then do it again.

Pin and sew it down.

Step 9:  Fold your rectangle in half long ways, right sides together, lining up the two unfinished long edges. Pin and sew it so that you’ve got one super long tube, with the one unfinished short end. Flip it right side out.

After you’ve sewn and flipped it:

Step 10:  Take both ends, as shown.

Line up the seams of one side, overlapping the unfinished edge to the inner edge of the “hem” on the finished side and pin all the way to the other seam.  One half will be unpinned.  This is so we can get in there and sew!  See the picture for a better idea:

Now sew from one seam to the next, where you’ve pinned.

I used my finger to feel that the edge under the fabric was lining up with the outer left side of the presser foot.


I was actually able to sew farther than the second seam, but only if what you feel comfortable doing.  After trimming the threads, I hand stitched the rest shut, and finally, we’re finished!!

I’d love to see what you make!  Post your links in the comments and share your version of this cute scarf 🙂

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