December 20, 2014

Christmas Leg Warmers Tutorial

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Green chevron fabric was leftover and free from another post I did for the Ribbon Retreat.

This post originally appeared on Skip to My Lou. I made these cute little legwarmers for my baby to wear with a Christmas bodysuit on her first Christmas. You can make them with a serger or a regular sewing machine. Use the rolled hem foot for the contrasting stitching on the ruffles.

I paired them with this felt flower headband. You can find the tutorial for it here.

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I wanted to make a simple leg warmer pattern that didn't use socks, so I came up with this one. You want to use a knit fabric that is pretty stretchy.

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And here are some cute little baby toes peeking out from under the ruffles.
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To make these, all you need is:
Knit fabric (scraps from another project should be enough-I used leftovers from this project)
Contrasting thread for the ruffles
Coordinating thread
You want the knit to have at least 50 percent stretch and have a good stretch recovery (meaning it will regain it's original shape after being stretched). You can figure out the stretch by cutting a 4 inch long swatch. If it stretches to at least 6 inches long, then it should be stretchy enough. Make sure you use a stitch that stretches when you sew.
The measurments are for my baby, who is in 0-3 months size. Since baby legs are all different, I would recommend cutting out a top cuff and sewing it into a circle and trying it on your baby's leg (all the way up to where you want the legwarmer to sit on a chubby thigh) to ensure a perfect fit.
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First, cut out your pieces. You need:
2 legwarmers: 6 x 8.5 inches
4 ruffles: 2 x 12 inches
2 top cuffs: 6 x 3 inches (adjust as necessary)
2 bottom cuffs: 5 x 3 inches

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Use a serger or rolled hem foot to sew a contrasting rolled hem on each side of all the ruffle pieces. You can also use a zig zag stitch.
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Gather your ruffles to the width of the leg warmer and stitch them to the bottom of each leg warmer. Make sure to leave enough room for the seam allowance to attach the bottom cuff.
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This is what they should look like from the back.
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Fold the leg warmers right sides together and stitch up the long side, making sure to keep the ruffles out of the bottom seam allowance (again, so you can attach the cuff).
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Trim off any ruffles sticking into the seam allowance.
Note: After making these, I think it would be cleaner to sew the ruffles and the back seam of the legwarmers separately, then attach the ruffles to the leg warmers in the round. It will probably be trickier that way, so your choice.

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Sew the top cuff into a tube.
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Fold it so that the seam allowance is on the inside.
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Line up the raw edges and sew the cuff to the top of the leg warmer.
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Turn the cuff up and this is what the top of the leg warmer should look like.
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Repeat with the bottom cuff, making sure the ruffles are out of the way so that you don't accidentally catch them in your seam allowance.
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And that's it! You now have a cute pair of leg warmers for your favorite baby girl (or boy-just leave off the ruffles)!

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