I'm kicking off Make a Sweater Better event with....
They say if you wait long enough, long ago trends eventually come back into style. I'm so glad this one is coming back with a vengeance.
Simply made out of the arms of an old sweater, this is a fast project to whip up, and can be made with a light weight sweater for a softer look, or a heavy weight sweater (like me) for an in your face, bold fashion statement. (ok, that might be a little extreme, but my husband thinks these are a little over the top)
basic sewing supplies
Grab your sweater and lay it out flat (unlike mine, go figure)
Cut the arms off the sweater. LEAVE ENOUGH ON THE SWEATER TO MAKE A SHORT SLEEVE!! We are going to use the rest of this sweater next time!
Use a serger, or if your like me and don't own one (yet) use an overcasting stitch on the cut edge. Make sure your stitch is wide enough to catch onto the unraveled part of the sweater.
This is what you should be going for.
If your sleeve isn't already turned inside out, do so now. Fold over the top edge, and pin.
Sew your fold edge closed using a zig zag stitch, leaving a small opening to thread your elastic.
Measure the circumference of the leg right above the knee. Cut your elastic from this measurement.
Thread your elastic through the channel of your leg warmer and pull the ends out. Sew the ends together approx. 1/4 inch away from the elastic ends.
Sew the hole closed and enjoy rocking your new leg warmers!
I'll be sharing this tutorial with the awesome links at the bottom of this page. You can also find their buttons in my navi bar "linked to"