Leg warmers not only serve to keep legs warm and cozy, they can add a stylish element to almost any outfit. When you have a little diva who likes tulle and ruffles, make kids' leg warmers with tulle on the bottom as an added frilly touch. By starting with ready-made socks, your project gets a jumpstart and you will be slipping the snug legwarmers onto your little one’s legs in no time.
Things You'll Need
- Sewing Machine
- Matching Thread
- 1/2-Inch-Wide Grosgrain Ribbon
- Tape Measure
- Adult Knee Socks Or Thigh-High Socks
Use adult knee socks for toddlers and thigh-high socks for older children. Place the socks onto a flat work surface and cut straight across, just above the heels, to remove the feet from the socks.
Measure the distance around the bottoms of the socks with the tape measure and double this measurement.
Cut two rectangles of tulle 5 inches wide and the doubled distance around the socks. Fold the tulle in half widthwise.
Stitch gathering stitches along the long raw edges of the tulle and pull the stitches to gather the tulle to the distance around the bottoms of the socks before doubling. Stitch along the gathering stitches with regular stitches after you adjust the tulle to the proper length to secure the gathering.
Pin the gathered edge of the tulle to the outside bottom edge of the socks, overlapping the tulle onto the bottom of the socks about 1/2 inch. Stitch around the gathered tulle to sew it to the bottoms of the socks.
Cut two pieces of ribbon the distance around the bottom of the socks plus 1 inch.
Turn under the ends of the ribbons and position them over the raw edge of the gathered tulle where you stitched it to the bottom of the leg warmers. Pin the ribbons in place.
Stitch the ribbons to the leg warmers over the tulle. Remove the pins.
Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.