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. Whether you love the look of them, or just hate being cold, I bet you’re thinking a pair of DIY leg warmers sounds pretty cozy right now.

As a dancer myself, I wear leg warmers because I 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, well – they’re kind of cute, no?

Although I do own a few pairs of store-bought leg warmers, I also have several pairs of DIY leg warmers made from old socks.

If you’d like to learn how to make leg warmers to call your very own, keep reading!

There are two different methods. 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 one or have access to one.

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

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DIY Leg Warmers Method 1: Cut and Done

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

Supplies:

– scissors

Directions:

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

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DIY Leg Warmers Method 2: Cut and Sew

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

Supplies:

– scissors

– pins

– sewing machine or needle

– thread

Directions:

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.)  Place the portions with the elastic at the top and bottom of the leg warmer.

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! Leg warmer paradise.

The great thing about these techniques is – of course – they’re super simple, but also that you can use them on any kind of old sock – even socks for kids. If you want to make DIY leg warmers for toddlers or babies – just use smaller socks!

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

DIY Leg Warmer Inspiration

Finally, if you love yourself a good DIY, but just lack the time to put into it, you can buy some hella cute handmade leg warmers on Etsy. Maybe you didn’t make them, but someone did. Plus, you get to support a crafty artisan, which always feels great. Or, you can use these beautiful DIY leg warmers as inspiration.

 

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. Or, you could just buy a pair of upcycled leg warmers from Etsy!
Upcycled leg warmers by thingsbySLO via Etsy.

 

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. Or, you could just buy a pair of upcycled leg warmers from Etsy!
Upcycled leg warmers by DominiqueJuliette via Etsy.

 

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. Or, you could just buy a pair of handmade leg warmers from Etsy!
Handmade kid’s leg warmers by NestBirdDesigns via Etsy.

 

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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 (Last Updated April 22, 2020)

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

  • December 28, 2017 at 10:59 am
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    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

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    • December 29, 2017 at 12:33 pm
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      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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