Upcycle: Sweaters to Leg Warmers
Here’s how it actually went down:
First, I bought a couple of cheap sweaters from the thrift store. Thank God for thrift stores! You can experiment without breaking the bank. (Shoot! I keep forgetting to take a picture of the sweater before cutting it up!)
(Above) Cut off the sleeves of the sweater.
(Above) Cut across to the length you want. Add a half inch or so for seam allowance. Turn the tube inside out. Fold down the edge you want to finish off. You may need to do both ends, or not at all, depending on what shape the cuff of the sweater arm is in. Or, just tuck the ugly cut end in your boots so no one sees it and you’re done. I stitched mine so it wouldn’t fray. I don’t have a sewing machine, so I used a blanket stitch. (I’m also short on patience, and a blanket stitch is quick.) I wasn’t really going for beauty so much as function - the folded part won’t show because it will be on the inside of the leg warmer.
If you’re making socks instead of leg warmers, you should stitch one end closed for the toe. That’s more complicated than I’m willing to undertake.
(Above) Turn it right-side out. That’s it! Put your leg in and you have a leg warmer!