Sweater Leg warmers – tutorial

Remember my sweater pillows? I said to keep the extra pieces for other projects….here is one of those projects! 
Sweater (I used a heavy cable knit one)
Scissors or rotary cutter/ruler/mat
sewing machine
Buttons (optional)
sewing needle and thread (optional)
Step 1: Lay out your sweater flat and cut off the arms of the sweater as close to the shoulder hem as you can. 
Step 2: Fold over the top raw edge about 1/2″ and pin. Then sew to create a finished top edge. 
Step 3: optional – Handsew buttons down the length of 1 side. 
Step 4: Slip on over your boots or skinny jeans and fold under the top edge as needed or desired! 

If you create some – please share a picture! 
I will be linking up here

what I learned: Cable knit sweaters don’t “give much or have much elasticity. It’s better to choose a sweater that has some give to it.


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Thanks for sharing a tutorial! I hope you will link this up to my fashion linky party on Thursday ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. SUPER CUTE!! I have leftover parts to the mittens I sewed from sweaters last year-perfect for these!

  3. Holy Moly! How cute are those?!? Great idea!!

  4. Hi, Megan, I’m Holly from Bella Nest. I love your sweater leg warmers! You’re so creative… Keep up the inspiration!

  5. Hey my name is Tara. I am your newest follower on your blog site would you be so kind & follow me back it would mean so much to me. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Feel free to Like or Follow me on my facebook fan page & my Twitter!!!


  6. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  7. SO cute! I have been going through all my sweaters to see which ones I want to part with to make these!

  8. I would love to make one someday…. very nice!

  9. great idea! thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Cute idea! I have been wanting to make some of these for quite some time. May have to hit up the Goodwill to look for some good cable knit sweaters. Following from Blue Cricket Design.

  11. So cute! It is great to see a legwarmer tutorial that is for adults…I always see them for the kids! I was quite excited to see the grown up version. I love the sweater you chose, too! Perfect!

  12. that is such a great idea! I have never thought of wearing leg warmers over boots, but it looks really cute. Thanks for sharing!


  13. Those look great and I just love them over boots. So stylish. Going to destroy a sweater now. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am a new follower from Blue Cricket Design. Vicky from Mess For Less

  14. I have been thinking of doing these too….I like how you have them over boots. I was recently looking at my new Anthropologie catalog and wondered if I could do this to “copy” their new knit top boots.

  15. too flippin adorable!!! xoxo

  16. These are so cute!! Makes me wish we had more “winter” weather here in Texas.

    I would love to invite you to share this at my Thingamajig Thursday party…http://radcrafter.com/2011/11/thingamajig-thursday-party-2/

  17. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I’ve got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I’m your newest follower! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. love this, have seen this around blogland and I’m trying it!

  19. luv luv this tutorial perfect for my sister who lives in Georgia and it’s snow season.
    Would luv for my readers to see this awesome idea, will you please join our weekly party at
    have a great crafting weekend!

  20. Oh I this post just made me smile SO much. I am fifty years old and leg warmers fist came in when I was about 14 years old! I remember I couldn’t afford such high fashion and I couldn’t knit either so I cut the arms off one of my mums sweaters to do just this! I wore them to Windsor Castle on a first date with a lad and rode on the back of his motorcycle! I thought I was the bees knees in them and my best friend still teases me to this day about them. Perhaps I should send her a link to your blog!!!

    And you know? I just made a sweater cushion from a lovely dusky pink cable sweater…and I still have the sleeves! Right I’m off to the sewing room! Do you think I’m too old for leg warmers??

  21. I am loving this trend!! Perfect!! I would love for you to come share at our link party…junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday_08.html

  22. So CLEVER!

    I would love for you to share it at my link party!

  23. Thanks so much for posting this! I have a sweater I’m gonna cut down, and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the raw edge. Now I know,so I’m good to go.:)

  24. very cute!
    I was wondering if you might be interested in decorating your blog for Christmas.
    I have a special, which you can check out here
    happy weekend!

  25. This are darling! Great idea and awesome job ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Oh I love these! Super cute!
    And – this is the first time I’ve run across your blog and the first thing I said was “oh I LOVE her hair!” Seriously dang cute! (I know that was off topic, but still)

    Have a great Monday! ๐Ÿ™‚

    evie @ brown paper packages

  27. These are awesome! I love the winter white too! Thanks for linking up with Creative Me Monday this week.

  28. They look super cozy! Awesome job. New follower here. Would love it you would stop by and share this at my linky party ๐Ÿ™‚ http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/bedazzle-me-monday-8.html

    Also, PRETTY PLEASE check out Random Acts of Kindness Week going on right now!! Would love to see you be a part of it! http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/kindness-and-thanksgiving.html

  29. Hi Friend!! Loved your leg warmers..You are featured at Anti-Procrastination Tuesday tomorrow! Thanks for linking up!

  30. Great leg warmers! I love that these are coming back in!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  31. Great idea. They look so cozy. Thank you for linking up to More the Merrier Mondays.

  32. What a great tutorial Megan! And beautiful pictures too:) This post is so informative and I think my subscribers would really enjoy reading this. I would love for you to come share it at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on Frugally Sustainable this Wednesday. And, I really hope that you will put Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on your list of carnivals to visit and link to each Wednesday!

    Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable
    Here’s the link: http://www.frugallysustainable.com

  33. Thank you so much for sharing on Thingamajig Thursday!!


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