Refashioned Leggings

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
  • Buttons
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • 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. 

  1. I just died a little!  How scrumptious is she!!!  Going to book my ticket to London now.

  2. Great idea!

  3. Love these! They are so sweet!

  4. The pink buttons look lovely with gray.. had to say that!!  Great job.

  5. Wonderful idea! Pretty pants for prettier model!!!

  6. Before I saw your idea, I tried making leggings from the arms of some of my old knit tops without a pattern. I couldn’t get the crouch right. I finally gave up and bought a pattern and cut the leggings from the body of the top. I thought they looked very nice.
    I too have trouble parting with something I can possibly use for something else, repurpose, upcycle it. Thank for sharing your idea.

  7. Wow! It’s so simple! Thanks for the idea! Your little one looks so adorable in her new, pretty leggings! So cute!

  8. Those are so cute,never would have thought of that.

    • Thanks Kathi. It’s always fun coming up with new ways to find fabric for sewing!

  9. What a wonderful idea!

    • Thanks Altha! It’s fun trying to be creative with what you already have.

  10. What a great way to repurpose. I love them. Your model is a cutie pie!!

  11. Just wondering how you got the leg circumference correct? My scrap sleeves are way too wide?

    • Hi Julia. Oddly enough the sleeves already fit my daughters legs. If your sleeves are too wide I would piece together the sleeves the same way, but sew with a larger allowance around all sides. For example, a normal seam allowance is about 1/4″, but feel free to use any allowance you want (1 inch / 2 inch / etc.).

  12. Just found your tute. OM Gosh how cute is this idea?!!!! I have a 3 yr old great-granddaughter who I am sure will be delighted with more leggings! She prefers to wear leggings or knit shorts to any other clothes.
    Thank you for this tute.
    Peaches is adorable!

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