How to Make Legwarmers Out of Old Socks

DIY Leg Warmers by Of Houses and Trees | Leg warmers aren't just for dancers. They keep the legs toasty and also look kind of cute, no? Here are two ways to make DIY leg warmers out of old socks!Leg warmers – they’re not just for dancers. True, I do wear them when I dance, because I’ve recently discovered the way to bypass my achey post-baby knees is to keep them super toasty.

But I also wear leg warmers when I’m not dancing because, dudes, winter be cold.

And even though winter isn’t here yet, I’ve already been sporting my leg warmer collection not just to keep my legs warm as the fall chill settles in, but also – they’re kinda cute, no?

Although I do own a few pairs of store-bought legwarmers, I also have several pairs of DIY leg warmers I made out of old socks. There are two different ways to do this. The first is the super easy no-sew way. The second you can either sew by hand or with a sewing machine if you own or have access to one.

Check out my how-to video, where I demonstrate both ways to make DIY leg warmers out of old socks, or scroll down below for step by step instructions!


DIY Leg Warmers Method One (Cut and Done)

To make these DIY leg warmers out of old socks simply cut off the heel and and toe sections and voila!


– scissors


1. Cut the heel and toe off a pair of old socks. Try on and adjust as needed. That’s it!

DIY Leg Warmers Method Two (Cut and Sew)

DIY leg warmers made out of old socks. Cut two pairs of socks into sections, flip inside out and sew!


– scissors

– pins

– sewing machine or needle and thread


1. Cut sections out of two pairs of old socks. Make sure to keep the elastic at the top of the socks in tact.

2. Flip the sections inside out and arrange in order. (For example, striped section, solid section, striped section, solid section.)  Keep the portions with the elastic at the top and bottom of the legwarmer.

3. Fold back a small lip around each rim and pin adjacent pieces together.

4. Sew each section, flip back to the outside and voila! Legwarmer paradise.

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DIY Leg Warmers | Leg warmers aren't just for dancers. They keep the legs toasty and also look kind of cute, no? Here are two ways to make DIY leg warmers out of old socks!

Posted October 29, 2017

2 thoughts on “How to Make Legwarmers Out of Old Socks

  • December 28, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Love the striped ones…super cute and oh so you…great idea to make them out of 2 different socks. plus you get a couple of pairs of little ankle sockies too. I like the ones that you made with the heel cut out and some of the foot still attached, warm and would stay in place when your’e active. Great ideas….great video

    • December 29, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Yes the ones with part of the foot still attached are great! Currently I’m digging my striped ones though, although next time I make ones that need to be sewn together I think I’ll use thread with a bit of elasticity since my homemade leg warmers have less give than ones I’ve bought in a store. Thanks for commenting!


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