Make a Pair of Faux-Buttoned Sweater Leg Warmers

We’ve all been there: You’re wearing your favorite cold-weather boots, and your socks slip down to the point where they aren’t even keeping you warm. What’s a girl to do?

This is where a pair of good leg warmers comes into play. Not only do leg warmers add an extra touch of style to your overall look, they’ll also keep you cozy when your socks aren’t enough. Check out this simple tutorial to transform sleeves from an old sweater into leg warmers, complete with button accents.


– Sleeves from an old sweater
– Buttons (2)
– Thread and a sewing needle
– Fabric scissors
– Liquid seam sealant (such as Fray Check)

1. If you haven’t already, cut the sleeves from an old sweater. Check your local thrift store — or even your own closet — for a sweater you can re-purpose.

Be sure to use a sweater with stretchy elastic cuffs.

2. At the raw end of the sweater tube, cut across to create a straight edge.

3. Repeat with the second sleeve. You can use the first one as a guide.

4. Add liquid seam sealant to the raw edge to prevent the fabric from coming apart. Alternatively, use fabric glue or clear nail polish in place of liquid seam sealant. Allow it to dry completely.

5. Fold the cuff end over once.

6. Sew a button to the folded edge with a few simple stitches. Repeat Steps 4-6 for the second leg warmer.

And just like that, you have leg warmers! Depending on the width of your sweater’s sleeves and the type of material, you may be able to wear them with knee-high boots, like I did here. Otherwise, a majority of sweater sleeves will be more appropriate for shorter footwear, such as combat boots.

If you’re hunting for the perfect sweater, I’d recommend checking out the men’s section. Often, these sweaters are bigger, thicker and have a lot of material to them. You can also check out your boyfriend’s or husband’s closet for an old one — just don’t tell them we sent you!

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez (Step-by-Step Tutorial) & Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co. (Street Style)

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