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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

upcycled leg warmers ♥

i love making sweater hoops
i usually hit the thrift store and spend some time there picking out some fun prints
wash them out and they're ready for a hoop!
what i'm left with though, is a pretty bowl of sweater sleeves

the knit fabric of the sweaters make for the perfect pair of leg warmers
to make a pair of your own is the easiest ever.

cut the arches off of the sleeves so they have straight tops

turn them wrong side out and fold the top edge over about 3/4 of an inch
pin in place if you need to.

run it through your sewing machine on the zigzag stitch 
covering the edges as much as possible

find some lace and buttons and embellish!

i used my machine to gather the lace before sewing it on
(set your machine to the highest tension & highest stitch length 
and sew right down the middle lengthwise. it gathers right up)
i used a straight stitch to sew the lace to the fabric once 
then went around it again 1/4 of an inch under the first line

try the warmers on first and put a pin where you think the buttons should go
this helps making them even and in the same place on both legs.

that's it!
now put your feet up and grab a cookie

linking up here ♥


  1. So cute Jaime!! Thanks for sharing, I'm going to grab that cookie! :) Have a lovely day! xo Holly

  2. So cute! And thrifting is right up my alley; can't wait to make a few pairs of these cuties!!

  3. Too darn cute! What a brilliant idea for your leftover arms. :) I wonder if I could get my daughter to try this and wear with her wellies? And I have already had the cookies, thank you--too many! I have to use every bit with my fabric for my shop. My favorite day was when I figured out how each bit of one yard could be used for the items I make. Often I use the leftovers of my buntings to make "minis" and "very minis". Can't let a great fabric go to waste!

  4. Cute idea/tutorial! I like the last pic best 😉 much Love from SD!

  5. Super cute!! Thanks for the tutorial! Pinning :)

  6. Love it! Such a cute idea, my daughter will love these! And it's good to see you put your feet up once in awhile, don't work to hard ;)

  7. Oh my cuteness! This is adorable... you are getting featured girl ;)

  8. sweetness just keep coming from you lady!! LOVE!

  9. These are adorable...and that cute! Coming over from the Link Party Palooza.

  10. Love them! I am always looking for more leg warmers, especially with this brutal winter we have been having! Time to go through the closet ;)!

    Happy as We Know It

  11. These are so stinkin' adorable I want some in all sorts of colors, especially since it's still so cold outside. I'd love it if you shared this over at The Makers link party going on at my blog right now,
    Have a great weekend!

  12. Love Love Love! Great idea to go to the thrift store to gather up some sweater goodness!

  13. These are SERIOUSLY darling love love love 'em - awesome tut!! xoxo



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