DIY No-Sew Baby Leg Warmers

Baby Legs are so stinking cute, aren’t they? Whoever came up with the idea to make baby leg warmers was a freaking genius. Not only do they look awesome, but they are functional (the keep baby’s legs warm) and practical (you don’t have to remove them for diaper changes.) However, at $12+ a pair, they aren’t so economical. Well, at least not if you want a pair for every day of the week.

Here's Leon at 5 weeks old wearing the Baby Legs Charlie got for him.

Here’s Leon at 5 weeks old wearing the Baby Legs Charlie got for him.

Now, I do still suggest buying some name brand leg warmers, especially as gifts, since they come in so many different colors and patterns, but what if I told you that you could make some for only $2.50-$5.00 a pair or less, PLUS have a new pair of ankle socks for yourself? I know.

I didn’t come up with this idea. I googled “DIY Baby Legs,” and saw lots of hits for taking women’s knee high socks and turning them into leg warmers. However, all of these blog posts had different tutorials on how to finish the bottom edge. Many of those had you cutting a piece off of the foot part of the sock so that you could no longer wear it as an anklet. I definitely didn’t want to do that.

When I cut my first pair (which btw, they were on sale on Target.com for only $1.50 a pair, so I bought a bunch to give as gifts), I put on my new ankle socks, and thought, “Do I really need to finish this at all? Sure, maybe it rolls a little, but it’s not going to unravel.” And I was right. I actually like the way the unfinished edge looks. So far, they’ve come out of the wash just fine.

You literally just take a pair of knee-high women’s socks, cut the bottom off, and you are finished. It’s so easy a 5 year old could do it. However, I don’t feel right leaving you without a tutorial, so here it is:

Coincidentally, a 5 year old made this tutorial.

Coincidentally, a 5 year old made this tutorial.

And now, pictures:

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Here’s Leon at 10 weeks in a pair I made for him.

And since I couldn't decide which one to use, here's another shot.

And since I couldn’t decide which one to use, here’s another shot.

Here you can see how the leg warmers can be worn over his heels for extra warmth.

Here you can see how the leg warmers can be worn over his heels for extra warmth.

How cute do the baby toes look poking out of the leg warmers?

How cute do the baby toes look poking out of the leg warmers? I don’t know how he gets dirt under his nails. I blame it on the dogs.

As a bonus, after you cut the socks, you have a pair of baby leg warmers AND a nice new matching pair of anklets.

As a bonus, after you cut the socks, you have a pair of baby leg warmers AND a nice new matching pair of ankle socks.

Charlie got him the snow man shirt (you can't see the snow man, but it's there), and the hat that just happens to match!

Charlie got him the snow man shirt (you can’t see the snow man, but it’s there), and the hat that just happens to match!

If you need me to elaborate on the one step, feel free to ask. ;-P

Have fun now, making baby leg warmers for every baby you know!

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Those toes!!! There was no such thing as baby leg warmers when I had a baby. These are so cute I may need to start campaigning for a new baby.

I love baby legs–homemade and purchased!

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