ReUse It! Babyleg Style

As many of you know we use cloth diapers. I did a lot of research before using them and one of the other things I learned about while doing the research was babylegs. For those of you who don't know what they are they are leg warmers for your baby that go the full length of the their legs. They can also be used on older kid's arms (or adults as they fit on my arms).

The only problem with them is that in my opinion they are expensive. After some research I found a rockin' tutorial on Flickr by Baby Hopes. She has you use woman's knee hi socks to create a homemade version of babylegs. In stead of trying to recreate the wheel (or in this case a babylegs tutorial), I'm going to refer to her info for the step by step directions.

Cost: Free! If you are doing this with a used pair of socks, otherwise it could be between $1-5.00 depending on the socks you pick.

Time: 20 minutes the first time for me but I've got it down to about 10 minutes now.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials needed:

  • Knee hi socks
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins


Follow this link for the full directions along with great photos! Then only thing I do different is Step 3. Fold the opposite direction as she does in the photo. Fold it the same way she does in Step 4 (as per photo). Folding it this way gives the cuff more give allowing it to fit better. Other then that I do it the same way.

Overall Project Grade: A-

Project Notes: I will admit that not that many of use have used knee hi socks to use in this project, so for most it's not a "reuse". But it's a fun project that can be used from birth through adulthood. My baby wore them on her legs as a newborn and my older daughter still wears them on her arms so that she can wear her favorite t-shirts in the winter.

Once you get past the first one or two it becomes a fast and fun project. The best part is to see how the kids love wearing them. Along with how it saves you money from having to buy long sleeve shirts!


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