How to Make Leg Warmers from Socks

How to make superhero leg warmers
How to make superhero leg warmers
How to make baby leg warmers from women’s socks.  This post may contain affiliate links, please see the end of the post for more information.

How to make leg warmers from socks was one my first sewing projects.  I am a self taught seamstress and this was a simple beginner project for son, who was about 5 months old at the time.  If you are a beginner or want to learn to sew, this is a perfect project!  It is also super quick.

First, you need to pick out your favorite pair of socks!  I usually prefer knee socks for my projects, so they go all the way up the legs to keep the little ones warm.  However, they may be a little long for newborns, so you can either shorten them or chose a shorter sock, like these Captain America socks below.  Since the socks technically fit adults, the leg warmers will fit most adults as well.  For today’s project, I chose these Wonder Woman socks to match my daughter’s wonder woman costume (post coming soon).

How to make superhero leg warmers
How to make superhero leg warmers

Next up is to trim off the heels of the socks with a pair of fabric scissors.

how to make baby leg warmers cut off heel
how to make baby leg warmers cut off heel

Trim, just above the heel, where it first makes a straight line and just under the heel, also making a straight line.  Then, trim off the toes.

how to make baby leg warmers cut off toes
how to make baby leg warmers cut off toes

Again, making a straight line, cut off the rounded toe piece.  Then discard the extra heel and toe pieces.  Next, fold the foot piece, wrong sides together, in half.  Match up the raw edges.

how to make baby leg warmers fold cuff in half wrong sides together
how to make baby leg warmers fold cuff in half wrong sides together

Place your new cuff over the outside bottom of the sock, right sides together.

how to make baby leg warmers add cup match raw edges
how to make baby leg warmers add cuff, match raw edges

Clip or pin into place.  You can use pins, however I prefer Wonder Clips.  Believe me, once you have tried Wonder clips you will never go back to pins (except for a few necessary projects).  Now it is time to sew on the cuff.  You can use either a serger or a sewing machine.  I prefer to use my Brother Serger 1034d, as it is fast and looks neater.  I will show you both ways.  With a serger, take the leg warmer over to the machine and serge without stretching the fabric.

sewing baby leg warmers on an brother serger
sewing baby leg warmers on an brother serger

Turn on knife and go slowly.  Remove clips (or pins), as you sew around the circle.  You will have a nice finished edge when finished.

finished edge from a serger on baby leg warmers
finished edge from a serger on baby leg warmers

The serger gives a nice finished look, however if you do not have a serger yet, you may also sew these with a sewing machine.  I made the second leg warmer with my Brothers SE400 sewing machine. I highly recommend a walking foot.

 

A walking foot, will help push through the knit fabric and keep it from stretching when you sew.  I also recommend using a stretch stitch.  I used the triple stitch (you only need one needle), however you can also use the lighting bolt stitch.

triple stitch on brother se400 for knit fabric
triple stitch on brother se400 for knit fabric

The triple stitch is highlighted above on the my Brother SE400 and the lighting bolt stitch is to the right.  Remember to go slow and stitch around the small circle without stretching the fabric.

making baby leg warmers with a brother se400 sewing machine
making baby leg warmers with a brother se400 sewing machine

Remove the clips (or pins) as you sew.  Make sure to back stitch in the beginning and the end of sewing.  The sewing machine will not give you as pretty an edge as the serger, but it will do the job.  I made thousands (yes literally) of them with my sewing machine before I received my serger for my old business.  Everyone loved them and they handled well in the wash.  I do recommend turning the sock inside out and tucking in the cape when washing/drying.

making baby leg warmers with a sewing machine
making baby leg warmers with a sewing machine

The sewing machine does also does not trim off the extra fabric.  You can hand trim it with scissors or leave it alone.  Voila, you now have leg warmers!!

how to make baby leg warmers
how to make baby leg warmers

The leg warmer on the left was made with my serger and the one on the right was made with my sewing machine.  Let me know in the comments which character you would like to make!  Then, let me know if you would like me to make a video or do a sock giveaway in the comments too! Also, if you need a costume to match your new leg warmers, then check out my Best Halloween Sewing Pattern Costumes List.

Leg warmers are great for Halloween, Birthdays, and Christmas!!

how to make Christmas leg warmers
how to make Christmas leg warmers

Supplies needed to make your own leg warmers:

  1. A cool pair of knee socks
  2. Fabric Scissors
  3. Wonder Clips
  4. Sewing Machine or
  5. Walking foot
  6. Serger (optional)

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Hi I'm Lo and I love to sew and I also love to play with my two children! I am a work at home Mom of two toddlers.  I never planned on staying home with the kids, however when I was 8 and 1/2 months pregnant with my first child, Little Dude, I was unexpectedly let go from my corporate job.  With a newborn and a tough job market, I decided to buy a Brother Sewing/Embroidery Machine and taught myself to sew. I would like to thank the many bloggers, youtube videos I have watched and PDF pattern designers for all their help. With a degree in International Business from Blaise-Pascal University in France I decided to open my own business, an Etsy shop.  I started making baby leg warmers and then added embroidered bodysuits.  I was so busy I couldn't keep up and had to seek out third party help. After my second child, Baby Girl, life became super busy.  There is something about little girls clothes that makes them so much fun to create.  I started venturing out to more articles of clothing.  It has been a fun adventure. I am learning as I go.  I sometimes skip steps or take short cuts, sometimes I take a long road to get where I need to go.  I don't think sewing needs to be perfect, I think it should be fun!!

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