Tuesday, July 3, 2012

DIY Baby leggings

I adore baby leggings of all sorts. Not just for the cuteness they melt me with, but for how easy it makes potty training, diaper changes, and elimination communication. These name brand leg warmers can sell for $10-14 online and in children's boutique clothing stores.

When the babylegs website had a HUGE sale we got lucky and scored $200 worth of organic cotton leggings for about $27 bucks!! We had some BL brand socks added to our order too. How can you not want to buy something like that when you are getting a discount that good?

Well, now the sale is long gone, so I decided to find a cheaper way. I was walking through target and came across some woman's knee high socks in various cute prints. They were on sale for only $2.99. I grabbed a few.

•Wash and dry the socks before doing anything with them. The fabric will shrink and you don't want your baby legging to shrink if you make that first.

•Now, take the socks and lay them flat, find the very end spot against the heel that meets the back of the sock that goes up the calf, and cut off the foot how it is shown in the picture below. Make a very even cut. -you just cut the main portion of your leg warmer!!

•taking the foot section lay it flat. You want to measure 3 inches along the top and bottom and cut the toe an the heel off of that 3 inches you have marked - just like in the picture below. This will make the nice finished tight edge on your legging just how the top is.

• now, go ahead and open that up and fold it in half so it's longer and skinnier.Stitch the side closed, making it a circle.

•place the circular ban that you have just made over that cut edge on the bottom of your long sock tube- just like in the picture below. I didn't need to pin mine, it was a very snug fit over the machine.

•stretch this over the bottom of your sewing machine, and sew all the way around using 1/4 inch seam allowance or smaller if you would like. When you are finished sewing it, flip the cuff down and you can see the new leg warmer you have made. They will be all stretched out from fitting on to your machine, just wash them and dry them. They will return to their shape.
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