I found pictures of these sweaters-turned-leg-warmers floating
around Pinterest the other day and raced out to make them.
Aren't they the cutest?
Call them leg warmers, call them boot socks, but I call them FUN.
And they're so cozy this time of year. And red for Christmas? Perfect.
Here's what to do...
I got a sweater from the thrift store for 99¢. Then I cut off the sleeves.
The sleeves are cut at an angle, so I evened them out by cutting straight across.
Now at this point, you can stop if you have no sewing skillz. Seriously. The first two times I wore these, I wore them just like this! I just stuffed them down in my boots and no one was the wiser. But let me warn you, if you do it that way, you'll be left with a whole lot of tiny yarn pieces that will shed everywhere each time you wear them.
I want you to know that I'm a "good enough" kind of seamstress.
So I promise you can do this, no matter how much sewing experience you have.
Here's how to finish them.
When I tucked them into my boot, they were a little wide down at the bottom.
I turned it inside-out, and sewed a straight-ish line to narrow them.
And then I cut off the extra off the side.
Next I zig-zag stitched the raw edges on the side and on the top in order to cut down on the fraying and aforementioned stray yarn pieces.
Finally, I just folded the top (which is actually the bottom) of the leg warmer over, and sewed another straight-ish line around to hem it.
It will look like this:
This looks pretty shoddy, I know.
But once you turn it back right-side-out, it looks fine.
I admit, I've worn them three times in the last week.
The first time, I wore them to a Christmas party with skinny jeans, tall black boots and a tank and a cardigan.
The second time, I wore them to church and a baby shower with a black/gray striped dress, scarf, leggings and my tall black boots.
I wore them again yesterday to a Christmas brunch,
with skinny jeans, a tank a cozy gray sweater.
They're fun to wear. You can let them just barely peek out the tops of your boots, or wear them tall and slouchy. I've even seen them folded down over the tops and even worn OVER the boots! Cute no matter how you do it!
I have two more sweaters waiting for me -
one with stripes and a fair isle knit. Can't wait!
Let me know if you try it!
My little photographer (Emma) got bored while taking pictures:
I love her!
(That's "Angie + Gary" for those not "in the know.")