Being who I am I decided to fix that. There is nothing wrong with the jammies. And who likes having their toe go through a hole? No one. So this is a tutorial for replacing the bottom of the footed pajamas :-) I hope someone out there finds it useful, and can salvage used and loved jammies :-)
Now on with the show.....er....SEW!
Here is what you will need.
Jammies with holy feet.
No slip grippy fabric 1/4 yard (you will probably find it in the utility fabric section)
Thread (Does not have to be color coordinated with the clothing)
Scissors (an itty bitty pair and a large pair for cutting fabric)
Pins (careful you don't poke yourself. I always seem to)
Paper (not pictured)
Pen (Not pictured)
Here is a close up of the grippy fabric I used
Turn your jammies wrong side out. You need to be able to get to the raw edge and seam.
Slide one edge of your tiny scissors between the thread and the fabric and begin to snip the THREAD. (DO NOT CUT THE FABRIC) You can use your seam ripper for this but I found the scissors to be easiest.
Once you have clipped the threads all the way around the foot, spread the edges of the fabric appart. You will see stitches about 1/4 inch in. Use your seam ripper and separate the two pieces of fabric. The toughest part of this will be where the manufacture backed stitched to lock the threads in place. The stitches are super tight and can be hard to get your seam ripper under. Just take your time and you will be able to get them all out.
Just showing where they backstitched to lock the stitches. You will usually see it on the heel of foot.
Step 4.) Once you have the bottom separated from the pajamas, lay it out flat on a piece of paper and trace around it. Make sure to lay it out as flat as you can.
Step 6.) Trace your pattern onto the back of the grippy fabric.
Step 7.) Now pin the grippy fabric to your jammies (Right sides together)! Make sure to do both feet. Try not to poke yourself. I always seem to!
Step 8.) Now to sew! Sew around the foot with a 1/4 seam allowance. Take your pins out before your needle goes over them. If the needle strikes the pin, then it can bend or even break.
Step 9.) Once you have done the first line of stitches you are going to do a zig-zag stitch. This will help hold everything together. Once you have done the zig-zag stitch do another row of straight stitches ( about a 1/8 inch seam allowance. You want the two rows of straight stitches to right on the edge of the zig zags. If you have a surger you could just surge it after the first set of straight stitches and be done. But I do not have one so this was my best option.
Step 10.) Before you turn the feet right side out make sure you cut all loose threads. You do not want these to wrap around your kiddos toes! You have been warned.
And here are the new feet! My lil man was actually wearing these today. He had great traction on our slippery floors. I hope this tutorial will help out anyone who has this kind of hand me down issue. I know for myself it has kept a few sets of pajamas in circulation that otherwise may have been thrown out, or never worn.