I love a good pair of leg warmers, especially seeing as it’s still pretty cold around here. There’s just something about your feet and ankles being encased in extra woolly warmth that I appreciate, and I don’t have enough pairs by any means.
So when I spotted this thick winter jumper in a local charity shop for pittance, I decided to have a go at turning the sleeves into a new pair of leg warmers.
It sort of shows how much this hobby is taking over my life, that I look at clothes in shops thinking, those sleeves would make excellent leg warmers. Ha!
This was sort of a trial-and-error process. While I’ve seen various before/after photos of sleeves to leg warmer I didn’t actually have any instructions, which meant I just winged it and hoped for the best.
I used the wrist cuffs as the end that is visible around your ankle as it’s finished professionally already and much less effort than the other end!
Because the other end was misshapen and baggy – meant for an upper arm, not a foot – I put it on and positioned it and then just cut away any extra fabric. Then I sewed the cut edges up and miraculously had something the shape of my foot!
I folded over the cuff at the top and secured it by sewing on a button through both layers. I thought these buttons went quite well with the grey wool.
I wore them straightaway with jeans and plain black boots, and not only did they keep my feet extra warm but they also gave that little bit extra something to a boring outfit.
I’ve now worn them three times so I consider this endeavour a success. I’m definitely now on the lookout for cheap jumpers in all different colours to boost my collection of leg warmers.
As for the rest of the jumper? Well I reused that as well of course! Stay tuned next week to see what it became!
Leg warmers: yea or nae for you?