Leg warmers. Check.
I can knock another item off of my craft-to-do-list.
Months ago, I came across a tutorial for making leg warmers (link here). I got excited (like always), and ran right out and bought cute socks. And they have sat in my closet since then.
Until yesterday, when I had 20 extra minutes before G came rolling in from school. Not enough time to get in a full episode of Gossip Girl or Americas Next Top Model. Definitely too short for a nap. Read? Perhaps, but once I commit, I like to keep at it for a while...so, no reading.
You know, when I first looked at this tutorial, I thought it was more complicated. And I've come to believe it's really hard to describe how to "create"something. The gist of it, is that you can use really cute adult socks to make children's leg warmers.
Basically, the creator of this tutorial used a normal trouser sock, cut the heel and foot sections off, took the leg section in a bit, and added a lower cuff (that was constructed out of the foot portion of the sock). Sounds complicated, but once I figured out what she was doing, it took less than 5 minutes per pair.
Here's the kicker...this tutorial is intended for leg warmers to fit babies. I just assumed that since my girls are so much smaller than me, that I would need to take in the width of the sock to stay tight around their little legs. What I learned after sewing my first pair, is that adult socks fit with adequate tight-ness around 6 and 4-year-old legs. No cinching required, which made this all the quicker. Cut the heel and foot sections, create the lower band, attach and done. I didn't even pin anything in place...since a leg warmer is all scrunched up anyway, who cares if my seams aren't perfect??
Perfect for the 70 degree days that are a little chilly for shorts and too warm for heavy coats. Grace channeled Britney Spears today, wearing a pleated khaki shirt and leg warmers. I say this in cuteness, not sexy school girl-ness.
Oh, and the best part. These socks (which were not the original socks purchased for the project...I'll get to those later) were less than $2 per pair on clearance at Target.
****On a totally unrelated sidenote: Blogger is driving me CRAZY with their formatting. Sorry my paragraphs are running together...I have tried spacing them, but whenever I post, they scrunch together again. And since I am sooooooo non-technical, I have not idea how to fix it, aside from trying to press enter 50 times with no success. If anyone has any suggestions, I am all ears!!!