I have many pictures stored up and not many posts to show for it! Can you blog retroactively? I’ve decided that you can and so, may I present my January DIY project: Baby leggings. This isn’t so much a ‘How To’ post as much as it is a review of a ‘How To’ post.
I love BabyLegs. Not the rolly polly kind you find on adorably plump babies (although they are delicious) but the kind that remind you of the leg warmers you wore when you were a kid in gymnastics or dance. My two babies are not naturally well insulated. They lean more towards the, well, lean side. My oldest insists on wearing nighties even on the coldest of winter nights so BabyLegs seemed like a great solution. Unfortunately there are no stores in our area that sell them and my budget does not allow me to pay extra for shipping. That’s why I was so happy to find this tutorial by CutSewRepeat!
Click on the picture to find this great tutorial from CutSewRepeat!
At CutSewRepeat they bought their trouser socks in a three pack for $8. I bought my socks at our local dollar store for $1.25! BabyLegs cost about $15 so making your own saves a lot of money especially if you want more than one pair. I’ll post my own pictures to show how easily I followed the tutorial but you’ll want to check out CutSewRepeat for better photos. The first step is to cut out the heel and toe of the sock. You’ll only need the top part of the sock (which will be the legging) and the middle part of the foot (for the cuff of your legging). Next you fold the middle of the foot over to make the cuff. make sure that patterned side is facing out. Then pin the cuff to the end of the legging with the raw edge. Pin them together so that all of the raw edges are lined up. Then sew and you’re done!!! It’s that easy!!!
Step 1: Cut out toe and heel of sock
Step 2: Fold over the part that was cut out between the heel and toe of the sock to make a cuff.
What I really like about making your own baby leggings (besides saving oodles of money!) is that these are much longer! I have a pair that were given to The Boy and they work fine for him but they barely go up to Little Duck’s knee.This DIY pair work perfectly. They are great for sleeping in to add extra warmth on cold nights and they look great under skirts for girls. I wear them on my son under his jeans on cold days when he’s going somewhere in the car (snowsuits for infants and toddlers are strongly not recommended by DMV here due to straps fitting improperly). Overall this was a great tutorial a very easy beginner sewing project and a great way to save money!!!
For eight years straight when my birthday or Christmas would roll around, I would ask for one thing: a sewing Machine. Any sewing machine! As long as it could sew two pieces of fabric together I didn’t really care about the bells and whistles.
I started for it asking when I was in college. That was near the end of my bohemian phase and I was starting to look for another outlet for creativity besides decorating my room with scarves and beads. Maybe my mother thought that since we always had access to my grandmother’s sewing machine then I didn’t need my own. For whatever reason I did not receive a sewing machine during my college years. I suppose I could have bought one but I was saving for a wedding so it seemed sort of low on the list of things I needed to buy.
After I was married I asked my husband for a sewing machine. He had no desire for me to spend my time making curtains and throw pillows for our small apartment so when Christmas rolled around I did not find a sewing machine under my tree. I suppose at this point I should have bought a sewing machine but it seemed like there was always something else that we needed; a car engine, a freezer, a bed, a couch set. Then when we bought our first house and any extra funds seemed to disappear into the everyday costs of home ownership.
When we had our daughter I imagined becoming that mom. The one that sews Halloween costumes and makes beautiful spring dresses. Maybe it was only a dream. Then I found Pinterest. The wonderful beautiful things I could make using Pinterest…if I only had a sewing machine.
I have often heard about people who believe in something so much that they will it to happen. They plan and live their life as though what they want to happen is guaranteed to take place. So using this knowledge I created a board on Pinterest filled with all of the sewing projects that I WAS going to do WHEN I got my sewing machine. http://pinterest.com/bittyboptoppers/oh-sew-easy/
My birthday came and went but there was still Christmas. Christmas is a time when all things are possible. When the celebration of the birth of our Saviour inspires people to believe that anything can happen. So I believed that I would get a sewing machine this year. I may have also specifically told my mother that I wanted a sewing machine even if that meant not getting my husband anything…..
And so do to the power of positive thinking I present to you…..
My new best friend. Let the good times begin!