Thursday, March 24, 2011

Free Re-Purposed Sewn Baby Legs Tutorial (NON SOCK VERSION) YAY!

Today, after a weeks hiatus, I am again taking part in the Sewing Bee!  I am also sharing my newest tutorial with my blogger friends!!!

So, today, I had a long morning waiting for my car to be worked on, but I had a nice time with my husband.  YIPPEE!  $289.12 later, I came home thoroughly exhausted, but ready to craft!  It is Sewing Bee Thursday RIGHT?
So, I have had a stack of maternity shirts from 7 years ago when I was pregnant with Sam.  The ones pictured below are in various states of unwearable...you know...A stain here, a rip there, a BIT TOO TIGHT EVERYWHERE


So, I decided to take a chance and make a hat...inspired by my sisters post at Happiness Comes:

EPIC FAIL # 1
A poorly constructed and executed touque modeled after the super cute one on top of it.  SAD isn't it?


Ok...try try try again! RIGHT?

EPIC FAIL # 2

An even more poorly constructed pair of baby mittens.  Laughing yet???


(notice I did not even finish the forefront one?) YUP...SAD again!

So, not to be one up'ed by my now in hysterics sewing machine, I sat down and set to work coming up with a new pattern.

Of course we have all seen those baby legs made out of socks.  Cute right?  I know!  
So, I barely have a matching pair of socks for my own  feet, let alone a pair I want to convert into baby legs.  And I will be damned if I am going to go out and buy a pair of socks just to cut up and make baby legs with.  CHEAHP'O, I know! 

You know what I did have though?  2 shirts with interlock knit sleeved old maternity shirts that would be perfect for some little Charlie baby legs.  

Tutorial:

Begin by lying your shirt down WRONG SIDE OUT and folding in HALF so the sleeves line up on top of each other


Then cut out the baby legs along the folded (non-seamed side of the sleeve, as shown)


 SIZE NOTE: I cut these baby legs with 2 inch width on the bottom of the sleeve (bottom of this picture), and 2 1/2 inch width at the top of the baby legs (top of the picture), and they are 9 inches long)
CAN BE ANY SIZE YOU CHOOSE


Sew along the raw edge of the length of the leg, using a zig zag stitch, and a 1/8 inch seam allowance. 
BEGIN AT THE SEAMED EDGE of the LEG!


See? Easy right?


Now, fold the raw edge over 1/3 inch with the legs STILL wrong side out


Then fold over again (pin here if desired)


Sew with regular straight stitch along the edge of the fold (about 1/4inch from the inside edge) as shown

Trim strings, and iron if desired


Make a whole bunch, and enjoy the ease!  Re-purposed, Re-cycled old shirts made into thrifty super cute baby legs!


3 comments:

Danielle said...

I love love love this. Thanks for sharing.

Elisa said...

PRETTY!! You are quickly becoming an expert sewer, while my poor machine sits in storage...too busy with my online class. =(

meghann said...

OK I'm finally getting around to commenting—these are phenomenal! xoxo