Monday, November 7, 2011

Baby Leggings

The weather is turning colder and that means just one thing for the fashion conscious baby, Leggings!  How cute are baby leggings!  Just as fun as those cute tights, but so much easier to change diapers.  Plus there are so many more options in leggings, especially when you make them yourself!  Even little boys can get in on the action!  So quick and easy, you can make a pair in less than ten minutes!

All you will need is a pair of knee socks!  I used a pair of big girls knee socks, but you can use small girls knee socks or even adult crew socks for a newborn or adult knee socks for a toddler.  My daughter was pretty skinny as a baby so I had to make tiny pairs to fit her skinny legs, but she can still wear them now as knee pads when she is crawling around. 

Start by cutting your knee socks straight across, just above the heel.  This top portion is the main part of your legging.  Also cut out the middle part of the foot of the sock, discarding the toe and heel portion.  This will become the bottom cuff.

Fold your cuff portion as shown.  The bottom edge will be tucked into and up the tube so that it meets the top edge.  The wrong sides will be touching.  Does this make sense?  Having a hard time explaining, so just ask if it doesn't.

Slide your leg portion into the middle of your cuff tube.  You will now have the two halves of the cuff and the leg section all lined up together.

Sew around the tube through all three layers around the bottom edge. 

Do not sew all six layers together!  Slide your presser foot in to the middle of your legging and sew around the complete circle, securing the cuff to the leg sleeve.  Turn the cuff down. 

Repeat all the steps for your second leg.  Pair with shorts, skirts, dresses, or simply a onesie to keep your little one warm and totally adorable!

Doesn't she look thrilled!

Good thing I made those black striped ones, because it seems she has plenty of pink ones!!

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  1. These are so cute, your little one looks adorable! x

  2. love the leggings! ive been thinking of doing this for my little one. great tutorial :) stopping by from bear rabbit bear

  3. She looks so cute! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  4. I love this! Could you stop by my blog tomorrow to post it on my Linky party?

  5. Those turned out adorable. I want to go buy some cute socks now and make my little girl some leggings. I would love it if you would link this up to our linky party going on right now.

  6. What an awesome project! Just wanted to let you know I featured it today on "You Sew Rock Me Fridays" at

    You can see it here:

    I look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

    Jamie @ Sew Rockin'

  7. I featured this!


  8. They look really cute on her. Leggings are one of the important baby cloth during winters.

  9. These are darling! How old is your daughter? I thought it might be cute to make the cuff a little smaller and use part of the patterned area of the cut-off heel or toe (which would be a little bigger if the cuff was a little smaller) for an applique onto a onsie. What sizes of onsies would work with these baby legs? My babies are grown, which is why I'm clueless about sizes, but I'm always looking for cute and inexpensive baby gifts. I've given the real Baby Legs, but those are pricey, especially when there are twins!

    1. Thank you! She is 11 months here. I think a matching onesie would be adorable! These baby legs can actually be made for almost any age. She is almost 2 now and can still wear them. You can even use the longer over the knee socks they have now and make them as leg warmers for older girls.

    2. Thanks for the input. When I bought the real Baby Legs, the store owner said that her best customer was a 12 year old girl who wears them around her calves and buys them with her babysitting money. That's certainly extending the life of the product!

      I thought I had read that these could be made from adult socks by taking them in with a seam. My husband came home this afternoon with socks that were on sale at our Urban Outfitters - $2.00, 2 color prep stripe body and foot with contrasting heel and toe. I can't find more online :( at that price. Do you think I could put a little fold/seam in the back?

      I keep looking at them and wonder if I could make a little baby sweater out of another pair. Perhaps the toe ends could be cut off leaving a little color for a band and the foot could be cut so each made a front and a back. The legs could be cut shorter for arms, with the band as a cuff. I have no idea whether 2 sock feet laid together flat would fit around a baby to make the body of a sweater. I'm aftaid to cut until I'm sure what I'm going to do. Thoughts?

    3. I'm sure you could add a seam down the back. Depending on how tight fitting they are, you might not need to. You might slide them over your forearm to see how fitted they are first.
      I've never seen a baby sweater out of socks. What a creative idea! I have seen where they've cut a sock to a dog sweater, but that was just out of one sock.

  10. These look great :) Great for babywearing. I sewed my first ever project on Saturday, and I think I need to put these on my to sew list. I am planning on making a hat out of an old jumper so I wonder if I could use the sleeves to make these?

    1. Congrats on the sewing project! These would definitely be a quick one to try. I'm sure you could use sleeves, especially if they have a decent cuff around the wrist that could be used to help keep the leggings in place at the top of the leg. Good luck!

  11. How did you sew it since it is a complete circle?? Did you use a mini hand-held sewing machine or did you sew it by hand???

    1. I slid my presser foot in between the layers and put it on the cuff and leg sleeve on the bottom of my circle. The top piece of the circle will be almost above the presser foot. Hold it up and out of the way as you sew, or even up and to the side. Sew along your edge around the circle until you have made it all the way around. Hope that makes sense. It's hard to explain. I will add a picture above.

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