Wednesday, October 29, 2008

baby legs tutorial (make your own leg and arm warmers!)

I am always cold. My husband loves it when I'm pregnant because it's the only time I'm warm and therefore on the same thermostat level as him. I own lots of sweatshirts to put on in my house in the winter because I'm cold even when the heater is on.

That's where BabyLegs come in. I have a pair for myself that I wear, even under long-sleeved shirts and jackets, to keep me warm and toasty. My kids are adorable in them--they love the skulls, flames, and bones on theirs. The Little Birdies have spent plenty of money with that company. (And I'm sure we will continue to do so in the future--they make cute gifts!) However, we wanted to try to make a pair of simple BabyLegs-esque arm and leg warmers to take advantage of all the totally cool knee-high socks out there right now. I love all the funky colors and textures. I've found so many at Target this season that it's been hard to exercise restraint and not buy one of each! So here's a simple tutorial on how to make your own arm or leg warmers for you, your baby, or anyone you think might be cold!

Leg and Arm Warmer Tutorial

*1 pair knee or thigh-high socks (knee highs are great for baby and kids, and the thigh-highs are great for adult arm warmers because they reach all the way up to a short sleeve!)

*Rotary cutter or scissors
*Needle and thread


1. Lay your socks flat and cut off the foot, just above the ankle.


2. Turn them inside out and fold over a small hem on the raw edge.


3. Take a needle and matching thread and whip stitch around the hem. Tie a knot, turn right-side out, and you're done! Seriously, I think that's the shortest tutorial we've ever done.

(Oops! Forgot to take a final picture! I'll add it later today. . .)

Here is another tutorial with lots of pictures to make your own BabyLegs with cuffs on both ends. It was too complicated for me, but they may look a little closer to actual BabyLegs.

These are so cute on babies with skirts, or little ones learning to use the potty. But I have to say they are my favorite on ME because they keep me so cozy!

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26 Responses to “baby legs tutorial (make your own leg and arm warmers!)”

Julia said...

i love these!! I have made a few pair for my daughter and some for friends (I made the "fancier" one with the cuff on both ends... but these are awesome too....so quick and easy!) thanks!

Jessica Sorensen said...

I also made the ones with the cuffs and they are way easier then they look and the cuff helps keep them on the babies legs, but yours are really cute and work great for adult arms.

michellejohnnie said...

Wow! THat is easy and cute! Looks like I will have to make a couple for the kids. Thanks!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

SUPER cute! I could totally use some of these and can't wait to make a pair. I love the idea of being able to wear my tanks and tees with them. I'll be linking!!!

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erin... said...

Ooh!! I love these and I have been staring at them for forever but since I don't have kids I've never made them! I actually bought socks to use too! I'm going to try these!

Miranda said...

Do these actually stay up on your arms pretty well or will your kids have to keep pulling them up? Just curious if I want to make these for my boy using boy colored socks of course. Or, is this more of a girl thing?

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Hi Miranda, my daughter wears these a lot and she said that she sometimes has to pull them up but not all the time. It doesn't seem like she has to constantly pull them up. Her friends asked me to make them a pair so I did and it doesn't seem like they have any problems with it either. Might depend on the kid. I do know that our sons love to wear their babylegs on their arms. Especially the pirate skulls and hot rod flames. This way they can still wear their T-shirts and mom doesn't worry about them freezing in the chilly fall air. I think the key with boys is getting a pattern they would be willing to wear. I haven't made my son any yet. Still on my to do list. I still need to find the right sock pattern for him. As for me, I unfortunately have chubbier arms so I like that the sock gives a little-hee hee. What do you think my talented other little birdies? Agree with me? Stacy

courtneyb said...

love this post. I never even thought twice about making them myself. thank you!!!

Little Birdie Secrets said...

I think the key for littler kids is to buy the knee-highs in the girls section. My boys' BabyLegs do slide a little, but not enough to be annoying. They LOVE wearing them. ~mandy

Laura said...

how easy ! Love the look- might have to make me some-- if I can find cute thigh-high socks here is hawaii...

Laura said...

love em!
Highlighting you on my blog today... this tutorial.
I'm collecting Handmade Christmas ideas...
I think this would be a great gift for a teenager to make for her friends! Too cute!
Or- mom for daughter... I wouldn't know..I'm a mom of 4 boys.. but I love this project.

MaryAnne said...

Wow, I had no idea these were so easy to make! Thanks for the tutorial, I think I'll feature it on my blog.

Sarah Marie said...

These are so cute! I made a pair this morning. I did have a question - are they washable? Mine seemed a bit ravel-prone as soon as I cut the foot part off, and while I whip-stitched them like your tutorial said, I wasn't sure what would happen after a washing. How durable have yours proven to be?

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Hi Sarah Marie, some things you can try are to fold the cut edge over twice before stitching. I did that to a pair of my daughter's warmers that seemed to fray/unravel a little more than the others. Or you can serge the edge then fold over and sew. Hope this is helpful!

michellejohnnie said...

I made a couple pairs of baby legs - thanks to your inspiration. They are awesome! My daughter loves them and I am looking forward to using them with my son in a couple more months. I did a pair using both tutorials. Once I figured out how to make the kind on the sewing machine, they were easy. Thanks for inspiring me to get the sewing machine out again and create! I'm loving this outlet as a SHM.

The Saunders Family said...

thinking of making some when I can get to a store...but about the slipping thing, would it be possible/helpful to add some elastic inside the cuff you make. Measure so you do not make it too tight, but this should help right?

I wanna be creative said...

Thanks so much for this, I went crazy making these after I cleared out my sock drawer (why did I think that I would wear rainbow thigh high socks?!). Anyway, my toddler now looks super cute in my cast offs. AND I cheated and just zigzagged, and they held up in the wash fine. Love love love the blog.

Anonymous said...

if you take a lighter to where you cut on most socks it will stop it from fraying.. just made my first pair of legwarmers and they are sooo much cuter and cheaper than the ones you can buy lol

Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous said...

I'm totally making some for a baby shower gift!!! awesome! thanks for sharing!
Linda

Ash said...

I've made a hundred of these and saved tons of money. Thanks!

saralynn said...

ive been looking around at the different things you have made and it made me need tto sew something then i ran across the leg warmers and jumped into my sock drower now jas is wearing a pair now that have little monkeys getting married on the bottom =P

its beyond cute

Mindy said...

Thank you for sharing. I had wondered how to do this and still allow some give to the material. Hello Kitty socks here we come!! Come visit my blog - http://mindy-thislittlelightofmine.blogspot.com/

SusanK said...

Love them! I made some today!

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Jelli said...

I love this easy photo-filled tutorial. I will be sharing the link in an upcoming post to encourage other mothers to make their babies legwarmers too! Thanks so much for sharing.

Jelli said...

Love these! I'm sharing your tutorial tonight in a blog post about babylegs. Can't believe I never realized how easy they were to make. I shelled out a lot of $ to buy my baby a set of these here in Costa Rica. Only Carters carries them here.

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