Friday, April 22, 2011

Baby Leggings from Socks... FINALLY!

I have had this pile of argyl and solid colored knee high socks for, like... 5 years... or more! It's not like I wear them regularly, but I have in the past, worn them:

This was bachelorette party that I hosted for one of my best friends at my house... I gave her a HUGE list of items of clothing to bring and then I told her we would put her outfit together with what she brought (HUGE hit, by the way because she brought clothes that looked cute on her). I took the theme from The Wedding Date and did a golf attire theme. So here is me with the bachelorette:

And here are some ladies on stage (the faces have been blurred to protect the... guilty -- not me... I was pregnant at the time... what timing huh?)

Also, some of our friends here throw a Masters Party every year... so they are perfect for that.

But other than those select events, these socks just don't get much use, ya know what I mean?
However,I just could not get rid of them because a few years ago I saw a How-To on making knee high socks into baby leggings. Ever since that day (like 2 years ago) I have held onto these socks saying that I would make them one day. Well that one day FINALLY came!

Now, this isn't going to be a real tutorial because there are some out there, like here, here, or here.

But here are some quick steps that I took.
1. Get knee high socks, scissors, and thread (or sewing machine... "my" sewing machine is 20 min away at my mother in laws).
2. Cut at the ankle, after the heel, and before the toe.
3. Discard the heel and toe.
4. Fold over what used to be the part under your foot (right side out -- seam on the inside)
5. Put folded "foot" piece around the cut ankle part and line up all 4* edges.
* 2 from the folded over "foot" piece, 2 from the cut ankle part.
6. Open it up and you will have 3 edges that you need to pin around -- 1 from the cut ankle part, and 2 from the folded over foot part. Ok, that sounds much more difficult than it really is. Maybe I am not explaining it right... hope the picture helps.
7. Machine or hand stitch around your top - sewing together 3 sides all around the sock... are you with me here?

8. Once you are done... "unfold" your "foot" part and you end up with...
The sewn part is at the top of the picture and the grey part is what used to go around your calf.

Looks like my new few nights of movie watching are going to be busy...

Looking back, I should have kind of measured my little(st) ones legs before sewing because these are kinda, sorta long on her and after 10 minutes of her wiggling, rolling, and scooting on the ground they are at her ankles
Oh well, you live and learn.

Charlotte let me put them on her for last nights walk -- which works out well because this child falls down just about every night while running!

Linking up: Making the World Cuter, Keeping it Simple, Marvelously Messy, The Girl Creative, CRAFT, Creating my way to success, hazel and honeysuckle, {Dot}{Dot}{Dot}, Vintage Wanna Bee, Not Just a Housewife, A Bowl Full of Lemons, The blackberry vine, Sweet Peas and BB, Someday Crafts, Women Who Do it All, momnivores dilemma, Sun Scholars


  1. CUTE! I've made a few pairs of leg warmers for my baby girl but never thought to sew on the extra material from the foot! Love it! I always just rolled the bottom under and sewed a seam, but this way is so much cuter. Can't wait to make another pair!

    PS--This would be perfect to link up with So Sweet Sundays, which starts tomorrow night and runs until Wednesday. ;)

  2. Great way to use those socks!

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

  3. Hi Stevie, I can't decide who these socks look the cutest on! ;D I've been dying to make some of these baby leggings. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Warmly, Michelle

  4. Cute! thanks for linking this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party.

  5. I love the baby legs!! So cute!

    I would LOVE to have you stop by and share this at my For the Kids Link Party! Stop on by!

  6. How cute are those?!? Your model is pretty precious, too! Thanks for sharing the leggings on the Tuesday To Do Party! Hope you'll stop back by this week, too!

  7. Love this idea, so many cute and fun photos too! Thanks for linking this up, sorry I'm late commenting..!

  8. Stevie-

    I loved those when my babies were little {crawling on hardwood floors}...way cheaper than the name brands!

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you back again this week.


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