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Turn baggy, old sleeves into something more fun.
If you have a long sleeve shirt that is way too big to be otherwise altered, this is a great project. It makes thinner legwarmers so you can tuck them into your boots in the Winter when you wear skirts (the second picture). The lace actually came from the long sleeve of a lace dress that no longer fit. You can experiment with what you have laying around. Then the project becomes free, which is always a bonus.

Posted by Melissa Beth from McLean, Virginia, United States • Published See Melissa Beth's 78 projects »
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  • How to make legwarmers. Lacy Legwarmers  - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut sleeves off shirt and then cut to make the top even.

  • How to make legwarmers. Lacy Legwarmers  - Step 2
    Step 2

    To make the drawstring casing pick the ribbon you are using and fold top over all around sleeve using the ribbon as guide to how thick the casing should be. Leave a little room for seam allowance (how ever much you want). Pin as you go. Sew all around sleeve leaving enough room for ribbon.

  • How to make legwarmers. Lacy Legwarmers  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pick where you want the seam to go (sides or back) then find the middle of the sleeve. Pinch out a bit of the front fabric and chop hole - only through the front!

  • How to make legwarmers. Lacy Legwarmers  - Step 4
    Step 4

    This is where you will feed the ribbon later.

  • How to make legwarmers. Lacy Legwarmers  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut your pieces of lace. Mine were 2 inches wide and the length of the sleeve.

  • How to make legwarmers. Lacy Legwarmers  - Step 6
    Step 6

    Pin down lace as follows: starting at the top pin the lace right under the drawstring seam. Leaving the lace loose as you go, pin it down every 2 inches until you hit the top of the bottom seam.

  • How to make legwarmers. Lacy Legwarmers  - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew down along the lines marked by the pins. I sewed two lines at each spot to better reinforce it. If you want kind of puckered/slouchy lace, be sure to not pull the lace tight as you go.

  • How to make legwarmers. Lacy Legwarmers  - Step 8
    Step 8

    Once the lace is done, add the ribbon. Measure of how much you want based on where you want the top of the legwarmer to sit and how much you want for bow tying. Thread ribbon through hole with safety pin.

  • How to make legwarmers. Lacy Legwarmers  - Step 9
    Step 9

    Trim off excess threads, etc. Then have fun wearing them!

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Melissa Beth
Melissa Beth · McLean, Virginia, US · 80 projects
Thanks!
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Emy V.
Emy V. · Budapest, Budapest, HU
lovely
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Melissa Beth
Melissa Beth · McLean, Virginia, US · 80 projects
Thank you! I hope you all make some for yourself Happy
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Merquinn
Merquinn · Chicago, Illinois, US · 22 projects
This is an amazing idea! They're gorgeous thanks so much for sharing this Happy
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bunnytan
bunnytan · Nutley, New Jersey, US · 22 projects
Love this. I love anything lacy! :3
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Alf
Alf · Puerto Rico, Misiones Province, AR · 17 projects
Great tut thanks for sharing.
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Melissa Beth
Melissa Beth · McLean, Virginia, US · 80 projects
Thanks!
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CalendarGirl
CalendarGirl · 15 projects
Those look really cool with your boots...
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