My latest DIY project: baby leg warmers! So easy, so cute, and they actually serve a purpose other the fact that my baby looks like she’s straight outta Flashdance…after not having working air conditioning for the first month that Summer was alive, we now keep our house at a chilly 71 degrees just because we can, and the leg warmers keep her gams nice and toasty while keeping other parts free for easy diaper changes. They’ll also come in handy in the near future protecting those cute little knees when she starts crawling across our rock hard wood and tile floors.
So here goes, baby leg warmers in 11 easy steps…
1. Go out and buy a pair of cute knee socks.
2. Hack off the feet. Warning: this might make you feel slightly like a weird psycho voodoo killer or it may be reminiscent of when you used to pull off your Barbie’s limbs. What, just me? I kid, I kid…I, um, totally didn’t do that either.
3) Moving on… cut about 2 inches down each side from the end you just cut (actually, everything you do from this point on is from that foot end you just cut, you won’t ever touch the knee end).
4. Turn decapitated sock inside out, take one end and fold about a 1/2 inch, then fold again and pin. Do the same to each side.
5. Using a zig zag stitch (it allows for good stretchiness), sew one flap that you just pinned, and then do the same to the other.
6. Using a straight stitch (I totally made that term up and have no idea if that’s what it’s called, hence the pictures), you’re going to sew up the sides of the leg to the top on a diagonal (to close the last of the 2 inches you cut in step 3). This takes some of the excess material away, otherwise the end will be too loose and won’t fit snugly on baby’s leg. And reading that back, it didn’t make any sense to me either, so just follow along with the pictures.
7. Cut off the excess corners just outside of the stitches you just sewed
8. Turn right side out and admire your work.
9. Look for the cutest baby you can find and put her in her favorite onesie (I swear, she cries every morning until I put her in this one).
10. Put leg warmers on cutest baby ever and listen to her tell you how much she loves them.
11. Go back to the store and buy every cute pair of knee socks they have so you can make a pair for every day of the week.
I’m thinking of starting an Etsy shop, baby stuff mostly, and these would be part of it though I’m not completely convinced anyone would actually buy anything. What do you all think…should I stick to outfitting my own baby or share the DIY goods? Input is greatly appreciated, although I do admire those of you who will go on to make millions of baby leg warmers from this, sell them, become baby leg warmer billionaires and don’t mention a word about this post.