Five Reasons why baby leggings are awesome:
- In cold weather, they’re great as extra warmth underneath pants and socks.
- When babywearing, they keep baby’s legs covered.
- They’re perfect for middle-of-the-night diaper changes–keeping baby warm and partially covered.
- They’re great knee covers that prevent rug burn on creeping and crawling babies.
- They’re wonderful for potty training to keep your child’s legs warm, but still allowing the freedom to go to the potty without cumbersome diapers or underpants.
I can purchase a pack of cute prints of women’s socks for less than $2 per pair and make several sets. They’re great for newborns to toddlers, and now, they’re my favorite baby shower gift. Want to learn how to make them, too?
They’re easy…I promise. If I can do it, ANYONE can do it!
How to Make Your Own Baby Leggings
What you will need:
- Sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch or stitch for stretchy knits.
- matching thread for socks
- 1-2 pairs of women’s socks (sold colors are more forgiving for novice sewers. Patterns around the heel or toes such as stripes, argyle, or various other prints are more advanced.
- Purchase a pack of women’s socks on sale at your favorite X-Mart. (I used mid-calf socks for babies and knee-high socks for toddlers). There is a brand of toeless socks that is affordable with cute designs…if you can find those, you’ll save yourself two steps! I found toeless socks for less than $2 per pair.
Spread out the socks and note the slightly different and reinforced knit detail around the heel and toe. Turn the sock inside-out, and pin the heel together sideways. For example, if you were to wear a sock, you’d pin it such that you’re pinching the sides of your heel just beneath your ankles from left-to-right (or right-to-left, if you’d prefer!)It’s easy to see the lighter blue heel on these striped socks for the purpose of this tutorial.
Use the pins as your zig-zag guide on the sewing machine. Sew from one-end to the other. The great thing about multi-colored socks is that the color variation serves as a great guide for sewing. The down-side is that while I can sew a great line on one side, the opposite side tends to not look quite so neat (that’s the thing with knits). Once again, I emphasize using solid color socks for beginners. Check both sides of the stitch–I’ve had to pull the stitches and re-do this step again on patterned socks.
- If you’re using socks with toes, repeat steps 2-4 by pinning, sewing, and snipping of the toes.
- Finally, trim off any excess threads. Turn the socks inside out, and voila! You have your first legging. Repeat Steps 2-6 with the mate of the sock.
- Check out the various pairs I’ve created as gifts for my son, nieces, nephews, and as shower gifts. Different sized socks for younger to older babies.Close-up of the smaller pairs with cute dog designs.
- Fold them in half, and then tie them with pretty ribbon to give them as a gift!