Glue gun lovers, this one is for you!!
I saw a pair of really cozy looking, buttoned-down legwarmers circulating for sale on Pinterest and fell in love. Fortunately (for my bank account), there was some sort of error and they didn't pin to my wall :(
I've POSTED about making legwarmers before, but I decided to give it another go as I was inspired by that adorable pair. I added some ribbon to mine for a little extra cuteness factor, though I wish I had used a wider ribbon. This was all I had on hand, though.
Instead of sewing them, I decided to glue it up this time around so those of you without the desire to stitch can still participate. Of course, you're welcome to sew them if you prefer.
(1) Start it. Cut the sleeves off of an old sweater with a thick ribbed knit, so that it doesn't unravel. I cut these off of John's sweater *months* ago when I did the first post about legwarmers and they still haven't unraveled so I'd say it's safe. The end of the sleeve will be at the top of your knee and the underarm end will go down by your feet.
(2) Cut it. Put them on and see if they're too long. If they are, mark down the right length and cut the excess off. Slit each one down the middle from top to bottom. If you *don't* want your legwarmers to be tapered and instead want them to be straight legged then fold them in half with the two cut ends together and cut the taper off from the TOP to BOTTOM so that they are now straight.
(3) Ribbon it. Cut ribbon 2 inches longer than the legwarmer and in sections (so the glue doesn't dry), glue the ribbon on using fabric glue sticks in your gun (1/2 inch in from the edge). Tuck the ends over the other side and glue down at each end.
(4) Connect it. Next, glue the ends back together. Put your glue down on the inside of the ribbon between the ribbon's edge and the edge of your legwarmer slit. Section by section, glue down the other edge.
(5) Button it. Place your buttons out into the exact way you'd like them and then one at a time, pick them up and glue them on. I like to apply the glue to the edges of the button so that it doesn't show through in the button holes. Be sure that the legwarmers match each other- you don't want one to have buttons going down much further than the other!
(6) Wear it! I liked leaving my ends tapered. I think it looks interesting and different than regular legwarmers when worn with flats. It creates a flare shape. You can also wear them with boots, as pictured below. Forget expensive boot socks!
The end! You probably won't hear from me for the rest of the week. I promised myself that with the extra work load, I'd go down to only blogging 3 days/week for the summer. Ha. I think I did 4 days/week a couple of times, but that's the closest I've come so far! I'm going to give it a whirl this week just to see if I can do it or if I need to join some sort of blogging-addition therapy class. We'll see. Have a great day! All the best and as always, thanks for reading!
**Use the rest of that sweater to make no-sew sweater boots! Just as easy- click here**