Sweater Leggings Tutorial!
Have you ever coined a phrase and then realized that it was already out there and had a different meaning? Lame. But I'm sticking with it because "sweggings" is just. so. fun. to say!
Apparently there is a sweatpants-legging out there (intriguing...could I wear them outside? Or just in the house? What about to check the mailbox?) but I didn't know about them until about 30 seconds ago. (Leave me alone, I don't have tv.)
Anyway, these little sweggings are not sweatpants related, but are, in fact, super-comfy sweater leggings! Fun!! For little girls, not for us, ladies. I mean...you could wear them...if you enjoy having your legs look chubbier than they really are. But that's not for me.
Anyway, I was in the studio the other day planning to make some leggings for Paige, and I tossed a pair of her Target leggings down, nonchalantly, onto this sweater that was doomed for the repurpose pile. It landed right on top of the sweater sleeve and I did a double-take: "Whatwhat?? It's the same size...the same shape...hmm." Right away I knew: sweater leggings.
- Just fold your leggings in half and lay them down on your sweater sleeve, cut out around the leggings, with an extra 2''-3'' on top for the elastic casing.
- Then sew the two legs together at the inseams with right sides facing. (I found it helpful to turn them inside out halfway through.)
- Fold the top over once and baste (long straight stitch), then fold over again just enough to fit elastic through. Sew, leaving a 1'' opening and thread elastic through.
- Once elastic is all the way through, sew the two ends of elastic together (one on top of the other, making sure they aren't twisted) and then sew the 1'' opening in the casing closed.
That's it! Ta-da! Paige loves hers. She wore them right away for a skate around the studio. :O)
And yes, she did scratch up my newly painted floors. :O/ I love her anyway. I guess. ;o)
She also wore them the next day, and tried to wear them the day after that. I told you they're comfy! I love her little chubby wubby legs kids legs in them. Pinch pinch pinch. :O)
If you have a sweater that you'd like to use and the sleeves are to long or too big, use the middle of the sweater instead. It's the same process, but you'll have to sew up one side of the leg first. HERE is another great leggings tutorial with a few more pictures that you can use, if that makes it a little clearer. One of these days I plan to share a full leggings tutorial...when I find a minute! :O)
I hope you enjoy making some! They come together really quickly. My favorite. :O) (And that is the sixth smiley face in this post, which means it's time to go.)
Have a really, really, really nice day. :O) (seven. ah! help me!)