10 Minute Toddler Leg Warmers Tutorial

DIY Baby Leg Warmers


Have a pair of knee socks you’d like to refashion?  In 10 minutes your little lady can be stylin’ some new leg warmers with this 10 Minute Leg Warmer Tutorial!  Find the tutorial to make the ruffle skirt from a t-shirt here.


This tutorial will guide you through making toddler (or baby) leg warmers in — get this — 10 minutes!  You can’t get any easier than this project, and you’ll love the finished product.
pair of women’s knee socks (Target and the dollar store are great places to find inexpensive knee socks if you don’t have any to refashion)


1. Cut each sock off at ankle, forming a long tube of fabric.  Leg warmers can be made shorter by cutting sock off at a higher point above the ankle.

2. Cut heel and toe areas off of each sock.  This will form the upper band of the leg warmers.

3. For each sock, fold short tube of fabric in half, matching raw edges.

4. For each sock, place long tube of fabric inside of short tube, matching raw edges and right sides together.
5. Pin and sew 1/2″ from raw edges, joining the two pieces.  Trim seam allowance to 1/4″.

Unfold and Admire
5. Fold the cuff upwards and you are done!  Great job!  Head over here to make a matching (and by “matching,” I mean “un-matching”, cause it’s cuter that way) ruffle skirt.

Wear them long or cinch them up, she will love to wear them either way with her ruffle skirt!


  1. OooOOOOoooo! This is the best tutorial I’ve seen on these yet!

    Thanks for sharing.

    seven thirty three

  2. So cute! I am trying this one!!

  3. Those are cute. Maybe someday I’ll have someone to put bows on and dress up cute….although Everett might not mind that much.

  4. Thanks for this. I’ve seen these in the stores for as much as $25. Great for crawling around.

  5. No way! I bought those exact same socks on clearance for this same project a few weeks ago! You have great taste :)

  6. That is soo cool! I just wish I could sew. . . dang. But I still want to try these!

  7. How cute!!!

  8. Thank you! This blog post will be advertised on CraftCrave in the Handcraft category today (look for timestamp: [16 Feb 01:00pm GMT]).

  9. WOW great Tutorial!! Thanks you so much!

  10. Adorable! I love your tutorials. I wonder if this will work with my daughter’s tights that have a hole by the toes?

  11. Cute!

  12. Oooooh, these are FABULOUS! I don’t have a daughter, but I have nieces that might need some of these- I’ll have to raid my sock drawer. :)
    We have a Friday Fun Find party (on Fridays, obviously…), I’d love it if you’d link up!!!

  13. Very cute leggings! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Now THAT is how to make them, why didn’t I figure that out myself? I will be making these for my 9 month old to warm his legs when I carry him in my ergo baby carrier.

  15. Funny, great minds must think a like because I just made some of these cute baby legs to go with my Hayden’s Valentine tutu. I just LOVE them! Fast and easy, my kind of project :)

  16. So cute! And easy. I love it.

    Thanks for linking up to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

  17. So cute! And you got the cutest model!

  18. I’m loving these as well!

  19. I was so inspired by your tutorial I went out and bought a pair of socks to try this! Once I’ve completed I’ll show you the results. I’m So excited ..Can you tell?

  20. I love that! My 4 year old daughter lives in skirts and her little legs are always cold.

    I am going to try it! Thanks

  21. My daughter and son have multiple pair of these babies for their arms and legs! I LOVE THEM! Great tute! Thanks for linking up to Whatever Goes Wednesday at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

  22. Those are so cute.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. at Life As Lori

    Please join me next week for another great party!

  23. Those are so cute.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. at Life As Lori

    Please join me next week for another great party!

  24. Just made my daughter 3 pairs of these using novelty Easter knee-highs I found for $2 a pair at Big Lots. She loves them. I am thinking about making some arm-warmers for myself using the same technique.

  25. So cute!!

    Thank you so much for linking up with the Talented Tuesday link party at My Frugal Family, which is hosted every Tuesday. Please feel free to stop back in every week and post your newest projects!

  26. So cute! Love this idea, I only wish my 11 year old was a tiny bit younger!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day this week!

  27. I have been sad to see some of my fun knee-highs wearing out, but now I’m actually excited to see their demise and rebirth as leg-warmers! Thanks for the cute pics!

  28. YAY! Made these today!! and I love them! thanks alot!

  29. These are too darn cute! I’m going to try this for sure. Thanks for the great tutorial. You made it very easy to learn.

  30. just linked to ya

  31. These are great! I just made some for my daughter & it really took not even 10 minutes! Great tutorial! :)

  32. I have those socks too but I wear them on my feet ;) Maybe next winter my little one will be lucky enough to get them passed on down to her, in leg warmer fashion! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  33. Too TOO cute!! Love love love. My daughter could really use these, especially since the weather will be up and down in the coming months.

    I’ve featured these on my blog today, and I just know they’ll be a hit. You can also grab a “I’ve been featured” button as well if you’d like!

    Keep up the GREAT work! :) :) :)

  34. thanks so much for the tutoiral!!! i found via craftgossip.com. i made two pairs today for my little one, it was so simple i can’t understand why anyone would buy them at the store for $15!!!

  35. Sweet!! I have a great niece that is going to be spoiled from her great auntie with a few pairs of these to go with a few adorable ruffled skirts! Thanks for posting these awesome tutorials! :-)

  36. I’ve been wanting to try these for a while… I don’t have a little girl, but my 8 month old has rubbed his knees raw learning to crawl. I found some socks at the dollar store and whipped up a set. They are adorable and just as easy as you said. My 3 year old keeps grabbing them and putting them on his arms- he calls them “web shooters”-boys are so funny!
    Thanks for making this great tutorial!

  37. Okay, the baby is crawling and I am going to make four pairs of these today. I’m hoping both my girls can wear them:) Thanks for the tut!! Now I need to use your skirt tutorial to make a skirt for M.

  38. Just converted three pairs of my knee highs into leg warmers for my daughter! thanks for such great photos and instructions!

  39. I stumbled on your site somehow through FB… and I’m so inspired! I love your stuff, everything and can’t wait to try out some of your tutorials! Thank you so much for sharing your crafty insights!!

  40. these are so cute.

    i make my own to sell, but i tried your tutorial, and they are super cute.



  41. I love your tutorials and FINALLY had the chance to make a couple!! I linked you up to the pics of the ones I made! Thanks!

  42. thank you so much! it’s near midnight and i’m trying to finish a gift and my brain won’t work and this is exactly what i needed to see! i’m going to make them out of the sleeves of a child’s tee shirt, but it’s your basic idea. THANK YOU for sharing!

  43. Found you when I goggled leg warmer tutorial!! THANK YOU! I shared it over on my blog too! Love it! Thanks again for your ingenious ;)


  44. O MY……., Abby I loooove these!!!!
    I am going to make some right away!
    I just discovered your blog, it is amazing, and you look amazing!

  45. Wonderful job on this tutorial! I cannot wait to make them for my 10 month old!!!!

  46. Hello! Gave a shout out to your awesome tutorial on our blog today :) Thanks so much for the great instructions! Hoping to try this out!!


  47. I Love this tutorial so much taht I posted it on my Eljah*B shop fanpage.

    I thank you and so does my 4 yr old daughter:)

  48. FINALLY! a tutorial I can follow!! thankyou so much <3

  49. Excellent! I actually bought those and made sock monkeys with those socks! Love!

  50. If I were to want to add embellishments to these leg warmers, do you think it would be best to sew them on or hotglue them on? specifically fabric flowers or iron on patches.

  51. KimberleyCanuck – I would definitely sew any embellishments on, so that you can wash the leg warmers if needed. If you have kids like I do, they’ll need to be washed a lot!

  52. Ah yes, good point! I’m making them for the daughter of a friend of mine for christmas. I think I will sew little flowers on to them :)

  53. OMG these a soooo cute, i think a trip to the pound store is in order tomorrow, to get socks to make matching ones for my girls

  54. Great tutorial! I recently posted on my blog about making your own breastfeeding and baby items. I added a link on my post back to your tutorial for these leg warmers. Your instructions were very easy to follow! Here’s a link to my post http://natural-beginnings.blogspot.com/2012/01/thrifty-diy-projects.html#.TyAMo6Wm_LU

    Thanks for all the great information!

  55. I can’t sew to save my life (seriously, sewing a pillow case for my son had me in tears), but when we found out we were expecting a girl after several boys, and I just couldn’t stomach $10/pair for these leg warmers, I thought maybe, just maybe I could try your tutorial and if nothing else, I’d only be out $1. So I grabbed some socks from the dollar store, and amazingly, I was able to make some pretty cute legwarmers. Now I am the proud owner of 8 pair, all for less than the price of one (much more professional and straightly-sewn) pair. Although I’ll never be sewing the adorable clothes and things you have on here, THANK YOU for this tutorial!! Now my little girl will be stylin’ and warm this spring, and my budget is still in tact!

  56. Thanks for this. I’ve seen these in the stores for as much as $25. Great for crawling around.

  57. omg – u are way too clever!! :) tq for this. :D


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