These DIY leg warmers for little ones are to die for! This tutorial shows you how to make these boutique style DIY ruffled leg warmers! They would make the perfect handmade gift for a little girl!
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DIY Ruffled Leg Warmers
Hi, I’m Terra, and you can usually find me over at mama says sew. Today I’m going to share a tutorial for these cute DIY ruffled leg warmers for a baby. They are pretty easy to sew and you don’t even need a serger. I did the contrast stitching with the rolled hem foot on a regular sewing machine.
I matched the ruffles with this felt flower headband. You can find the tutorial for it here.
This pair of leg warmers can be worn with a bodysuit, like I have them here. Or they would be great with a skirt or dress or over tights or leggings to keep those little legs warm during the cold winter months. Consider repurposing an old jacket!
And here are some cute little baby toes peeking out from under the ruffles.
Supplies for DIY Ruffled Leg Warmers
To make this easy project, all you need is:
- Knit fabric (scrap fabrics 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). Make sure you use a stitch that stretches when you sew.
The measurements 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 to ensure a perfect fit.
If repurposing an old sweater, cut off the sweater’s sleeves, turn them inside out and slip them onto the baby’s or child’s legs then use safety pins to mark where to stitch, cutting away the excess fabric. Also mark the desired length, remembering to leave enough fabric for the hem.
Supplies for DIY Ruffled Leg Warmers
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
- 2 bottom cuffs: 5 x 3 inches
Easy steps to hand made baby leg warmers
- 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; any kind of stretch stitch will do.
2. 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.
3. This is what they should look like from the back.
4. 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).
5. Trim off any ruffles sticking into the seam allowance.
6. Sew the top cuff into a tube.
7. Fold it so that the seam allowance is on the inside.
8. Line up the raw edges and sew the cuff to the top of the ruffled leg warmer.
9. Turn the cuff up and this is what the top of the ruffled leg warmer should look like.
10. 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.
And that’s it! You now have your own pair of homemade leg warmers for your favorite baby girl (or boy-just leave off the ruffles)!
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