November 7, 2012

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!)

Love,
Disney

30 comments:

  1. no way!!! I love this idea so much!

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  2. I totally just bought my daughter some of these at H&M this weekend and was so excited when i deemed them sweggings!!! guess I wasn't as original as i was hoping! ;) These are super cute, thanks for sharing!

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  3. Wow, you can make something out of anything, Disney. So clever.

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  4. Sweggings - HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA - that just totally made my day that you called the sweggings. Is that really the name for them? I had no idea. I love it! Coincidence - I think not indeed. Great job Disney! Love it!

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  5. Classic Disney idea! You are amazing!

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  6. Those are ADORABLE. She looks like a little ice skater from a book! LOVE.

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  7. wow. love it I will definitely try this thanks for the idea

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  8. What a brilliant idea. Need to check out my sweaters to see if any would work, now! :)

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  9. Such a cool idea! Love these. I will feature this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com in the next few days!

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  10. So cute and so cozy! You had me cracking up with this post too, seriously. :o) :o) :o)

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    1. Haha thanks! I think i was in a sarcastic mood.

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  11. HI Disney !

    Your daughter is so cute and beutiful !
    And your ideas always are very inpiring !
    Thanks for sharing, all the best from Austria / Vienna

    Melanie

    www.wienerwohnsinn.blogspot.com

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  12. super cute! i made "teggings" last spring. you know leggings from tights. and i thought i was totally original by making up that name. then i googled it and found out they are already out there:)

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    1. Don't you hate that?? That happens almost every time I make something. I guess it's cool that we all think so similarly!

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  13. So so cute. Is that doll one you made her? It looks lie the Mollie doll from Molly Makes! You are cute

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    1. It actually was a gift from the sweet owner of the Rice Babies Etsy shop. I LOVE it.

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  14. These are great! I made some last winter for my baby girl out of adult socks. I'll have to make some of these for my 10 month old AND my 7 year old!! LOVE them. This is the shorter version of my comment because for some reason I'm not able to sign in with my typepad, weird, lol. I loved the bow scarf, too, but my 7 yr old said it was too "bow-y". Too sad, it is so cute!! Fortunately she really likes these!!
    michelle h

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  15. Wishing old ladies COULD wear them! I am SO cold right now. I'm in the midst of packing/moving and have absolutely NO idea just where my long johns are! No, I'm not back east, just in WA! You have such a creative mind! Love your blog.

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  16. Such a cute cute CUTE idea Disney! =D You are just too creative for your own good ;)

    xo
    summer

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  17. Funny - I made a pair for my daughter a few years ago. I started by making a sweater skirt for her and the left overs just looked like leggings. They are nice and cozy.

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    1. I love it when leftovers do that!!

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  18. Very cute idea! If I ever get brave enough to go to the thrift store (my local one is kind of scary) again I'll have to grab some sweaters to try this out for my kiddo. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Haha, we have a thrift store like that here, too. I seriously feel like I need a tetanus shot when I come out of it.

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  19. Thanks - this is cool! And thanks for the seven smiley faces, and your sense of humor -- brightened my morning! :)

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  20. You are so creative! I love this idea! I know my daughter would love them too!

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  21. So awesome! I was LOL at your "sweggings" logic.....I LOVE it and will use it as much as possible in my daily vocab :) Thx for the fun today!

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  22. What a wonderfully cute idea. Now I'm getting ready for bed here in New Zealand. But first thing tomorrow morning I'm popping into my local thrift/hospice shop for some cute, funky sweaters ( might just have to get a tetanus shot before going through those doors), but the big hug and kiss and school-brag makes the trip worth it.
    Thank you for sharing such a great idea

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