I wear leg warmers almost daily during the winter. I have a few pairs but they are all black and/or grey. I wanted a something with colour to wear with skirts and boots. I dug through my stack of clothes that I don't wear anymore and found this shirt. I thought the sleeves would work for the leg warmers and I could even use the lace around the collar to go at the top and make them dressier.
I cut the sleeves off of the shirt - right at the top seam. The nice thing about using sleeves is that I only had to sew on one end - the seam on the bottom was already finished and they were already sewn together to go around my leg.
I cut the uneven edges off and made sure they were both the same length.
I wrapped the elastic around my leg to figure out how long it needed to be and trimmed both pieces down to the right size.
I flipped the sleeves inside out and pinned on the elastic.I lined the top of the elastic up with the top of the fabric.
Then I sewed on the elastic.
I realized I didn't have matching thread to sew on the ribbon so that will have to wait until I have time to go to the store.
I added the buttons - three to each leg warmer.
Then I tried them out with my boots!
I love how they turned out and I'll post an updated photo as soon as I add the lace - probably sometime this weekend.
Supplies: Old shirt, elastic, sewing machine, seam ripper, scissors, needle and thread, six buttons (from an old shirt).
Cost: less than $4 (thread)