Saturday, December 18, 2010

Newest Project: B'Leggings A.K.A Baby Leggings

Unlike my more artisticly inclined blogger collegues, I seem to shutdown after about 10 steps of trying to learn a new project- I am a simple girl and if it appears complex, I get frustrated easily. However, this is the opposite of what I have to say about the new feat I have finally performed, what I like to call "B'Leggings" or Baby leggings. All I have to say is...It was pretty fun! I had planned to pick up the sewing machine from my mother-in-law's to assist me in the sewing section of this craft project, however, the sewing machine decided to stay out of commission, leaving me to depend upon my crude hand-sewing skills.

Usually at the sound of that- I would cringe, but the God of arts and crafts (the same one who loves me even when I want to throw a wad of knotted up thread in the air after getting tangled up) seemed to smile upon me and much to my surprise- allowed me to finish this quite successfully with my meager skills.

So, let's get down to the nitty gritty. First of all, the materials required were minimal, only a pair of longer socks that have a pattern you would like..in this case, I chose some cute striped socks from Wally-World, only cost me about 3 bucks, some thread, and a needle.


 (Note: Exciting part..You save a good chunk of change on doing this..as most baby leggings run about $15.00+ on the internet!)

Once you have your items before you, the first thing you will want to do is to cut off the section that ends at the heel of the sock. See where my scissors are..you will want to cut about here- but be sure to keep this cut off section..you will need it in a minute.

Now, along with my unprofessional sewing, I was blessed with not being able to cut straight, so as a forenote, if you can trim your edges straight, they will not be jagged and will not be as apt to curl while you are working with them later.

What you will want to cut next will be your toe section from the part you have just set aside. (Please see the placement of the scissors once again..)


So now, you are left with just two pieces- the small square section you have just cut, and the long section of the sock.  For the sake of  future reference purposes, let's call it the longer section and the smaller, square section. You can discard the toe and the heel section now.


 With the smaller, square section, you will be folding half inside-out. (Almost like you are folding in socks but you will only fold halfway where the two sections meet together.) This will leave you with a small section with a raw side where you had cut previously and a folded side.

Your section should look like this...

 Once your edges have met (your result will look like a small wristband) you will be placing your longer section INSIDE this little section. You will end up having all of your layers lined up with one another and will end up with three layers. The raw edges will be facing downward, and the folded section will be facing upwards toward. This little section is going to be the cuff where the ankle goes.





Once you have all of these sections lined up (be sure to make sure they are--this will not work correctly if not) you will be sewing around the entire circumference on the top where your fingers are. If it is easier, you can put in some small pins to keep the layers lined up as you sew,

You can either use a sewing machine, or if you are limited such as I, your hands. However, remember that if you use a sewing machine, you will want to sew on the INSIDE, not outside of the smaller section- as it will be hard to keep all the layers together, otherwise. Also, you will want to remove the pins as you sew.




Once, you have finished sewing this section all the way around, you will pull the cuff down. And, ta-da... you are finished!

Repeat the same steps for your other sock, and you have a pair of cute little baby leggings a.k.a..B'Leggings!

2 comments:

Crystal said...

Daphne...so cute :) Now I'm gonna need to see a picture of Maddie wearing her leggings!

daphne_caldwell said...

Thanks, girl! You know you are invited to her b-day- and she will be wearing them there-but I will def. take pics :p

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Newest Project: B'Leggings A.K.A Baby Leggings

Unlike my more artisticly inclined blogger collegues, I seem to shutdown after about 10 steps of trying to learn a new project- I am a simple girl and if it appears complex, I get frustrated easily. However, this is the opposite of what I have to say about the new feat I have finally performed, what I like to call "B'Leggings" or Baby leggings. All I have to say is...It was pretty fun! I had planned to pick up the sewing machine from my mother-in-law's to assist me in the sewing section of this craft project, however, the sewing machine decided to stay out of commission, leaving me to depend upon my crude hand-sewing skills.

Usually at the sound of that- I would cringe, but the God of arts and crafts (the same one who loves me even when I want to throw a wad of knotted up thread in the air after getting tangled up) seemed to smile upon me and much to my surprise- allowed me to finish this quite successfully with my meager skills.

So, let's get down to the nitty gritty. First of all, the materials required were minimal, only a pair of longer socks that have a pattern you would like..in this case, I chose some cute striped socks from Wally-World, only cost me about 3 bucks, some thread, and a needle.


 (Note: Exciting part..You save a good chunk of change on doing this..as most baby leggings run about $15.00+ on the internet!)

Once you have your items before you, the first thing you will want to do is to cut off the section that ends at the heel of the sock. See where my scissors are..you will want to cut about here- but be sure to keep this cut off section..you will need it in a minute.

Now, along with my unprofessional sewing, I was blessed with not being able to cut straight, so as a forenote, if you can trim your edges straight, they will not be jagged and will not be as apt to curl while you are working with them later.

What you will want to cut next will be your toe section from the part you have just set aside. (Please see the placement of the scissors once again..)


So now, you are left with just two pieces- the small square section you have just cut, and the long section of the sock.  For the sake of  future reference purposes, let's call it the longer section and the smaller, square section. You can discard the toe and the heel section now.


 With the smaller, square section, you will be folding half inside-out. (Almost like you are folding in socks but you will only fold halfway where the two sections meet together.) This will leave you with a small section with a raw side where you had cut previously and a folded side.

Your section should look like this...

 Once your edges have met (your result will look like a small wristband) you will be placing your longer section INSIDE this little section. You will end up having all of your layers lined up with one another and will end up with three layers. The raw edges will be facing downward, and the folded section will be facing upwards toward. This little section is going to be the cuff where the ankle goes.





Once you have all of these sections lined up (be sure to make sure they are--this will not work correctly if not) you will be sewing around the entire circumference on the top where your fingers are. If it is easier, you can put in some small pins to keep the layers lined up as you sew,

You can either use a sewing machine, or if you are limited such as I, your hands. However, remember that if you use a sewing machine, you will want to sew on the INSIDE, not outside of the smaller section- as it will be hard to keep all the layers together, otherwise. Also, you will want to remove the pins as you sew.




Once, you have finished sewing this section all the way around, you will pull the cuff down. And, ta-da... you are finished!

Repeat the same steps for your other sock, and you have a pair of cute little baby leggings a.k.a..B'Leggings!

2 comments:

Crystal said...

Daphne...so cute :) Now I'm gonna need to see a picture of Maddie wearing her leggings!

daphne_caldwell said...

Thanks, girl! You know you are invited to her b-day- and she will be wearing them there-but I will def. take pics :p