I had scrap sleeves left over from a maternity top that I made. Some think scraps are a waste of space, but I can’t seem to part with mine. I mean, as soon as my scraps go out in the trash I think of a brilliant (well, I think brilliant) craft to turn them into. So this is where I refashion my turtleneck sleeves into a pair of cozy, cute leggings for Peaches.
- Sewing machine
- Scrap long sleeves
- Needle and thread
- 1 inch wide elastic
- Pair of existing pants
Lay the sleeves down, with seams facing inward, next to your existing pants. Trim the top of the sleeves straight across, leaving a 2 inch margin above the waist of the existing pants. The 2 inch margin will be used to fold over and insert the elastic for the waist.
Cut the sleeves along the seam from the top to the crotch location.
Sew the front flaps and back flaps together. Once the front and back flaps are sewn together the waist needs to be created. (Doh! I don’t have pictures for this.) To create the waist, fold down the top of the sewn together sleeves and sew in place. Make sure to leave enough room to insert elastic.
And voila! That’s how to make cute, cozy leggings in under an hour. Sew a few pretty buttons on the outside of either leg for additional cuteness.
Go and be pretty.