I whipped up my first pair of these “Little Legs” up-cycled t-shirt legwarmers about a month ago. I see baby legs EVERYWHERE, but since I don’t have a baby anymore, I wanted some cute little legwarmers for my four-year-old, Parker, to enjoy! These are just too cute and too simple to make not to share as a tutorial. So here goes… *Please please please disregard the terrible lighting. It’s winter and it’s snowy and cloudy here in the Midwest.*
Step 1: Grab a three or four old t-shirts. It’s generally a good idea to make sure that they’re stain-free and that the cover-stitched seam around the bottom is still intact. *Side note: I also prefer t’s that are one continuous piece of knit cotton fabric rather than having side seams. It really helps with the length of the strips*
Step 2: Lay the shirts out on a cutting mat and smooth out all the wrinkles. I like to cut my strips anywhere from 4″-6″ wide depending on how many bands of color I want in the finished legwarmers. I try to cut a few strips (remember that these “strips” are really a tube of sorts because they are one continuous piece of fabric) from each t-shirt. You will only need the pieces with a finished edge for the top and bottom of your legwarmers.
Step 3: Once you’ve made your cuts, you will have large fabric rings. Pick anywhere in the ring and cut through it to make one long strip. Do this with all of your pieces.
Step 4: Arrange the strips in the order that you want to stitch them together and trip to double the widths that you need per legwarmer. For example, if your calf measurement is 8″, then I would cut the strips to 17″– that would leave me room for a 1/4″ seam allowance per leg.
Step 6: Carefully serge the two strips together with a 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam depending on your necessary length. (If you don’t have a serger, hop over to Amazon and grab one! I found mine on Craigslist for $50 and it’s my favorite sewing purchase that I’ve ever made!) *You can experiment with different ways to use your regular machine. I just can’t give specifics on how to make those seams neat and tidy. **Don’t forget to use a ball point needle if you do!
Step 7: Apply Fray Block or Fray Check to edges where you’ll cut the threads to secure the serged stitching.
Step 8: Repeat steps 5, 6 and 7 with your remaining strips, remembering to place right sides together
Step 9: Once you have all of your strips serged together, now is a great time to give them a quick steam/press. Then lay them out on your cutting mat and cut them in half, lengthwise (cutting through the middle of each of your strips).
Step 10: Fold each of your pieces in half, ride-sides-together, aligning the long sides. Be sure to match your seams carefully and pin. Serge.
Step 11: Fray Check the end threads (This time you may really want to add the Fray Check before you cut them as you won’t serge over these ends again and you need to be sure that they are very well secured. *I think I cut my ends before I took the picture.)
Step 12: Turn right-side-out and there you have it! **Note** I used these colors for demonstration purposes. If you were going to make these legwarmers out of dark colors, I would change out my serger thread to black.
|Even at *almost* 5, I still think these tiny toes are deliciously adorable!|
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Leave me a message if you have any questions, and I’d be happy to answer! I hope you like these sweet little legwarmers. If you aren’t so sure that you want to make them yourself, but you’d really like to have a pair of these cute cozy accessories, check out Lovespun Studio’s Etsy site HERE. I’m always more than happy to work with you to come up with custom orders.
Thanks for visiting! Happy Stitching. *smile*