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31 October 2009

DIY Legwarmers and Giveaway (Giveaway Closed)

You can make legwarmers for a buck! Before I figured this out, I'd spent a small fortune buying these for my daughter on the internet and in stores. Let me qualify that: I didn't figure it out, one of you readers figured it out for me. I was reading someone's blog and there was a link to a link to a link... I lost track of where I went, but some crafty person had a How-To for these on her blog. Sorry I can't give credit where credit is due, but whoever you were (I think it's one of you frequent readers), I left a comment on your legwarmer post, so feel free to say "hey, that was me!". Anyway, I wanted to pass on the fun with this post.

You can buy ladies' knee socks for a buck at the dollar store. Children's knee socks will work as well, but will be a little shorter.


Cut off the foot portion. Now cut off the heel and toe and discard those two parts.


Take the long middle section of the foot and fold it in half. See how it is going to be attached to form the bottom cuff of the legwarmer?



Stitch it on from the inside. Done! Took you all of ten minutes, didn't it?



I couldn't convince Baby V to hold still to model a pair so I did what any desparate photographer would do: strapped her into the carseat.



I have two pairs for a giveaway (two winners). The orange kitty cats are admittedly Halloweenish, but what little girl doesn't have an affinity for cats? These are made from a polyester sock so after a few washes, expect some pilling. The polka-dot pair are made from cotton girls' knee socks. Really soft and stretchy! Did you know that you can also wear these as armwarmers - great with a short sleeved tshirt when the weather turns cold.




HOW TO WIN: This giveaway is open to everyone, overseas too. Simply leave a comment and I'll choose two winners Monday midday using Random.org. Thanks everyone!

25 comments:

Macknicki Family said...

Love the leg warmers. Going to have to buy a pair of socks at the dollar store today and give it a try.
Jill

Melissa West Photography said...

found your blog through wardrobe refashion and love it! Baby girl would love the legwarmers=)

noolygirl said...

too cute! I wonder if it would work with old socks, or are they too stretched out... any thoughts?

Morgan Familia said...

I love legwarmers, and I did exactly what you did - followed a link then a link then another link to find a tutorial, but I don't remember where either. Super cute kitty cat ones!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

those orange socks are so cute! Love them!

vmsb said...

oh so adorable & timely. I'd love to will the blue ones for my son - I was about to buy him some Babylegs - thanks so... very much for the chance to win!!!

mamaTAVE said...

Yet another idea I am going to borrow from you... I, too, have purchased a couple pairs of these that some other crafty mama made... It's my turn to get creative, and just in time for the cold weather that is surely approaching. Thanks!

sjones said...

Too cute!

Laurie Anne said...

How sweet! Love the kitty peeking at the top!
Nobody would fit into those here but I just wanted to let you know I think they're great! x

Vindiciti said...

Very clever! I would have never thought of this for under my daughter's dresses!

annie2006 said...

they are very sweet! such a good idea

Pacokeco said...

As easy as that?! I've been buying my baby legwarmers at $8 a pop! You've saved the day again... my hero(ine)!
I used to put my children in their carseats to cut their fingernails and toenails!

lorena said...

Oooh, thanks so much for sharing, I will totally try this! :)

crafty elsie said...

love them and your description of how to do is so much easier than one I saw a while ago :)

Melissa said...

Thank you for posting this! I had a couple tutes bookmarked but the one I liked disappeared and the other one is for tighter cuffs which I didn't like. Now...off to Ardenes to see if they have ten socks for ten bucks to replace the FIFTEEN pairs of babylegs and legwarmers I lost in the move. Thanks again mama!

casserole said...

Great idea!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-toddler-leg-warmers-from-adult-knee-socks/2009/11/04/

(link will go live at 11:50 am CST)

--Anne

oatsebear411 said...

i think you found it at samstermommy.blogspot.com because your post is identical to hers.

The Sewing Dork said...

Thanks oatsebear411, I checked that blog (which I liked very much so thanks for pointing it out to me), but it wasn't the one I read as I had left a comment below the one I found.

krasota said...

For myself, I make "ankle warmers". I love the funky variety one can find in toe socks, but wearing them makes my toes ache and freeze. So I cut them off just below the toes, then stretch and zig zag to keep the knit from raveling. These socks are almost always tubes, not fitted, so they work great! It's how I hide the fact that I wear thick cushioned anklets under my tights in the winter (stupid orthopoedic shoe-needing feet).

jungledrums said...

another great idea, & I laughed at how you put her in the car seat to photograph her! I friend was telling me only yesterday how on the days that she has her cleaner coming, she puts her 2 youngest in their car seats, with books and Angelina on the car stereo while she manically tidies up the playroom before the cleaner arrives! (while I live in hope of a playroom & a cleaner!)

Jenifer said...

Awesome, I can't wait to try this ... Looks really easy, , I am very excited. The pairs I was looking at to buy are at lease ten dollars. . Thank you to the wonderful person whom you recived this pattern from,.

kimberly said...

I really like sewing because i can create every thing like a skirt, blouse, pants or dresses and desing my own style. When i am sewing i usually feel my imagination flies. I think i am appationated about this.

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Vicki in UT said...

How cute! I'm out of touch, I didn't realize leg warmers were back in style. This would be perfect for my 2 granddaughters.

vmfisher(at)yahoo(dot)com

katty said...

I really like sewing in my free time and I really enjoy this practice, when I get my house through costa rica homes for sale I knew it would many space in my house like to take a room as a workshop. And now I usually invite my friend to sewing in the afternoon. We spend a funny time creating new things

Reva Kimmel said...

I really love your write-ups guys continue the good work. kids leg warmers