On cold-winter days, leg warmers are a necessity. They are designed to wrap your legs, keeping them warm and cramp-free. During the 80's athletes and dancers used leg warmers to prevent muscle pain. However, fashion icons made it a hit when they appeared wearing leg warmers for aesthetic and functional purposes, not only on cold seasons but also in summer time.
Leg warmers can be made from a variety of materials such as cotton, leather, fur, denim and synthetic fibers in various styles. What's good about leg warmers is that they are very easy to make, giving you the chance to experiment on creating your own unique style. Sewing your own pair doesn't have to cost you much time or money. You can make many pairs and wear each according to your mood of the moment. You can adjust your leg warmers from long-thigh high ones, to knee-high or super-short ones that look like booties.
There are different ways to make leg warmers. First, prepare the tools and materials for producing your leg warmers. You're going to need a pair of scissors, a needle, thread and old sweaters, socks or pants with cuffs.
To make leg warmers out of old sweaters:
- Rip both sleeves off the sweater using a stitch ripper, or you may cut them with a pair of scissors.
- Fold each end and pattern with head pins.
- Stitch the folded ends of the sleeves.
- Design with pretty buttons and accessorize with lace or any recyclable decor available in your home; or purchase cheap but unique materials that can make your leg warmer stand out. The cuff of the sleeves should be worn on your ankle.
Using your old pair of socks to make leg warmers:
- Choose the ones that are long-usually up to the knees or thighs. Plain, solid-colored socks are elegant, while those with rainbow colors look fun.
- Place the socks on a flat surface and, using a sharp pair of scissors, cut off the feet of the socks.
- Fold an allowance of an inch or 2 then sew the ends, using the hem stitch.
- Remember to use thread with same colors as the socks. This will make your leg warmers look neat and more attractive.
- Now that your leg warmers are done, wash them up and they're all ready for use.
In making leg warmer out of old cotton pants with cuffs at the bottom:
- Turn the pants upside down, and wear one side of the cuff up to your calf.
- Using a pair of scissors, cut off the part of the pants right above your heel.
- Fold the ends then sew.
- Accessorize with colorful beads, buttons or ribbons if you want to look a bit funky.
If you're on a tight budget, you can still have your very own and personalized leg warmers. And even if you can buy them, you may still opt for making your own and add your unique style to them. You'll surely own a prototype and not conform to the mass produced ones usually found in malls.