OG won’t wear pants.
Or socks for that matter.
So how does one keep such a child warm?
A while back I found a tutorial (or two) floating around Pinterest for DIY baby legwarmers (like BabyLegs) and I thought they were super cute and functional (no need to take them off for diaper changes!) so I’ve been on the look out for discounted knee socks so I could make some.
I finally found these ones at Target (on clearance for $1.75 a pair) so I bought two pairs.
How to make baby leg warmers
What you need:
- A pair of ladies knee socks
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine or needle
What you do:
Cut across the ankle of the socks just above the heel (this is going to be the legwarmer). Cut the heel and toe off of the bottom part so you just have what goes around the middle of your foot (this is going to be the bottom cuff).
Fold the tube from the bottom part of the sock in half (wrong side together) so it looks like this:
Put the tube over the cut end of the sock so that you have a tube that is 3 layers thick. Pin if you want but it’s not really necessary.
Sew around the tube. You don’t have to be perfect or even really good (but go for it if you want to).
Unfold the cuff. That’s it!
That’s two sets of legwarmers for $3.50.
This is a really fast and easy project too. From beginning to end it took me about a half hour (including taking pictures). AND you don’t have to be a great seamstress either. Since the leg warmers are going to be a bit bunched up you really don’t notice any imperfections.
It turns out OG doesn’t love to wear these either, BUT when she is okay with wearing them at least I dont have to wrestle her to get them back on after every diaper change (like I would with pants).
Have you made your own baby leg warmers before? What did you do differently?
Accidentally Wonderful says
So cute and simple! I’ll need to make some for baby girl to wear when she gets here =)
Fabulous idea! Thank you very much! My babes are all grown, but these would also make a great gift. Wow. :D
Oh yes! I think any expectant momma would appreciate them :)
Kathleen | Becoming Peculiar says
My daughter has lived in leg warmers since she was 3 months old. (She’s 18 months now). They’re so great for when you cloth diaper — you’re not wrestling her out of pants 10 times a day! (By the way: my daughter has the exact same diaper cover. We have so much in common!) I found that both homemade and official BabyLegs have their advantages: the homemade are way (WAY WAY) cheaper, but the BabyLegs last way longer. (She’s still wearing the BabyLegs she got when she was 3 months old — though they’re pretty worn — while the homemade ones have since been tossed). So it’s good to have some of both!
I love that chair in the pictures, too, by the way. Where’d you get it? Also: I’d say you did a pretty good job getting her to model!
Good points :) I’d also say that babylegs are more customizable for size while the homemade ones are just one size. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and I got the chair on Amazon :)
Gretchen@Boxy Colonial says
Love those! I was just posting the other day about my love of babylegs…I only have one pair right now, though…might have to attempt these instead of buying more!
Jerica@Sustain, Create and Flow says
I LOVE BabyLegs, and I will so be making these! Although, I don’t understand the top part, I’m sure it will make sense once I’m trying to fold it. Thank you for this GREAT tutorial :)
It is really easy, which is maybe why it’s hard to explain :) basically you just take the part you cut from the bottom of the sock and fold it so it makes a cuff.
This is great – perfect for moms with preschoolers! I’d love it if you’d link this to my Family Fun Friday linky party. Address: http://happyandblessedhome.com/family-fun-friday-9/
Thanks for the invite!
Janis Cox says
What a great idea! And frugal too.
I shall pass this on.
These are super cute, and so much easier to make than the leg warmers I knit for my little girl. Great work! Do yourself a favor and always buy dark/patterned socks for leg warmers, because we have a set of white striped that are doomed to be dirty all the time.
Great advice! :)
Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free says
Ohmygosh are these ever adorable! Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday. I’ve pinned it :)
This made me smile. My sister used to make legwarmers for our babygirls.. the exact same way. I am not joking when I say we had about 30 pairs EACH!
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Susan Godfrey says
Baby legs are such a smart idea. I wish they were around when my kids were babies! This is such a cute idea on how to make them too. I always find the cutest knee high socks that would be perfect for this. They would make such a great baby gift!
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Lisa Lynn says
So cute! Thanks so much for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you tomorrow for a special hop and a giveaway announcement! :)
Renea Schack says
Keeping socks on your baby’s feet is no simple task. One little kick, a tug at the toes and they’re off. And of course it’s always one sock from every pair that gets lost!^
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Love this! When I make them, I like to take an inch or 2 out of the cuff part that I make. I think it makes the leg warmers look and fit slightly better. So when I attach the cuff to the body of the warmer, I turn the warmer inside out and pin the cuff inside it such that cuff and warmer are pinned right side to right side, which makes it easier to attach the cuff (that I’ve made slightly smaller around) to the body of the warmer