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5 minute DIY: Sweater sleeve leg warmers

Posted by Melissa Massello  January 29, 2013 12:00 PM

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Wondering what to do with that old sweater that's shrunk, pilled, or just doesn't fit anymore? Use it to keep those gams warm during the frosty months: make leg warmers in well under 5 minutes!


Take your sweater, and cut off the sleeves along the seam. You're done. You can stop right there. Seriously. Of course, you can fold down the cut edge and sew, add an elastic, or decorate with trim or ribbon, but those are are all extra credit.


My sweater's sleeves were attached on the bias. My new leg warmers are taller on one side than the other, which is perfect for wearing under skirts for keeping knees extra toasty.


If you want leg warmers that stand up, make sure to pick a sweater that's a bit shrunken or has some elasticity. If you prefer them to be loose and slouchy, choose one with a larger, roomier sleeve.

Are you making any winter warmers with old sweaters? Share with us in the comments or tweet us at @DIYBoston!


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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
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