One of my favorite things is to be cold and then bundle up and get cozy. Cuddling up in a warm blanket with a cup of hot cocoa, or slipping into cozy slippers after walking on the cold hardwood floors just feels so winter-y and cozy.
We’re heading into the cool months, so it was the perfect time to get myself a new pair of cozy slippers. I’m kind of particular about my slippers because I want my toes to be warm, but not my entire foot to be covered because then it gets too hot. So this pair of Koolaburra by UGG slippers is absolutely perfect with a cozy front and an open back. I’ve been wearing them non stop around the house and my feet are so comfortable and never too hot. Plus I love that they’re easy to slip on and off.
They’re fantastic quality, so soft and comfortable, and these slippers come in three other pretty colors (I’m kind of regretting not getting the peacoat blue now…it’s so gorgeous!)
And to go with my comfy slippers, I made this cute pair of striped lounge pants. I’ve also been wearing these non-stop. They’re the perfect loungers for around the house, sleeping, or even wearing with a tee and sneakers for running errands. Throw on a denim or leather jacket for a little more put together look!
First cut your pieces. Use a pair of existing sweatpants as a pattern, and this tutorial to create your own pattern. You’ll need two PANT LEGS cut along the folded edge, two WAISTBAND pieces (for the front and back), two ANKLE CUFFS, and two pockets (make sure the pockets are facing opposite directions, one for each leg).
1. Fold the PANT LEGS in half with right sides of the fabric together. Sew up the leg. Repeat for the second pant leg.
2. Now turn one pant leg inside out, and tuck the other pant leg inside of it so that the right sides of the fabric are together, and the “U-shaped” parts are matching up. Sew along the U with a straight stitch.
3. Take your waistband pieces and sew them together at the side seams.
4. Then fold the waistband in half. Take a piece of elastic and measure around your waist, cutting to your desired length so it fits snuggly around your waist. Sew the ends together to form a loop, and then tuck it inside the folded waistband. It should be smaller than your waistband and will cause it to bunch. That’s good — just distribute it as evenly around the waistband as you can. Set it aside and we’ll come back to it in a minute.
5. Take your pocket pieces and serge the edges to secure them. If you don’t have a serger, you can do a zigzag stitch all the way around, or you can hem them on all sides except the top.
6. Now place your pockets on your pants, matching up the waist with the top of the pocket. Sew in place, tacking it to the pants with a straight stitch.
7. Take your waistband and stretch it around the waist of your pants. You’ll need to stretch it because the elastic will have scrunched it up a bit. Pin evenly around the waist, and then sew around the entire waistband with a straight stitch, attaching it to the pants. Stretch as you sew so your stitches lay nice and flat.
8. Take your ANKLE CUFF’s and fold them in half with right sides together. Sew up the side to form a loop.
9. Fold the cuff in half, cut and sew a piece of elastic (just like you did with the waistband), and then insert it into the cuff, just like with the waistband.
10. Slip the cuffs around the bottom of each pant leg, and then stretch while you sew all the way around the cuff, just as you did with the waistband. Then fold the cuffs down.
11. Take a sharp pair of scissors and cut two small slits in the front of the waistband for the drawstring. Take your drawstring and attach the end to a large safety pin. Feed it through the waistband and out through the slits.
And you’re done! Perfect pants for a cozy fall and winter!