How to Make a Rave Leg Warmer

by Anne Wheeler

Make your own rave leg warmers.

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Furry, fuzzy, fluffy leg warmers in bright patterns are a popular accessory when going to a rave. In addition to adding eye-popping color to your outfit, they also hide your shoes. When no one can see if your shoes match your outfit, you can wear your most comfortable pair so you can dance all night long. Making your own rave leg warmers helps ensure they are the perfect length and coordinate with your favorite club outfit.

Items you will need

  • Braided elastic, at least two inches wide
  • Fake fur
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Large Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Straight pins
Step 1

Measure around your leg where you want the leg warmer to sit. Using this measurement, cut two pieces of elastic.

Step 2

Using this same measurement, add 1 inch. This is the top leg measurement. Add 5 inches to the original measurement. This is the bottom leg measurement. Measure your leg from where you want the legwarmer to sit to the floor. Add one inch. This is your length measurement.

Step 3

Draw a trapezoid on the large paper using these measurements. Use your top leg measurement for the top line of the trapezoid. Use your bottom leg measurement for the bottom line of the trapezoid. Use your length measurement for the distance between the top and bottom lines. Cut out the trapezoid.

Step 4

Lay the paper pattern on the fake fur and cut out two pieces.

Step 5

Pin the elastic to the top of the trapezoid. Stretch it slightly to make up for the difference in lengths. Sew a straight seam. Fold the fur in half, right sides facing, with the elastic side on top. Sew a straight seam. Hem the bottom.

Tips

  • Stretching out the elastic makes the top tight enough to stay up. If it is too tight, cut a slightly larger piece.

    You can keep the elastic showing on top or fold it under.

    The backside of wrapping paper works well for pattern drafting.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Anne Wheeler is a public librarian specializing in youth literacy and programming. Wheeler has been writing since 2001. Most recently her work has appeared in "School Library Journal." She holds a B.A. in history and Chinese studies from Grinnell College and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland.