Monday, January 9, 2012

Little Girl Cape and Leg Warmers Tutorial

Okay I have to confess, I LOVE redesigning sweaters.  After taking a class taught by Charlotte Lyons at Silver Bella over two years ago, I have been hooked.  Charlotte taught us to make hats and I went home and made five!  Then, I started making scarves and have had sooooooo much fun.  This year I saw 100 scarves leave my hands to keep others warm.  All made from sweaters.  

When I began making the scarves, my daughter, Kitt, wanted one for herself.  I knew that a 3 year old would never keep a scarf on longer than a minute so instead of a scarf, I made this... 

She enjoys wearing it but I thought it was time for an update....

Here's what you do...

Find a round neck wool sweater, wash and dry on hot, and you are ready....

Cut half way across and then fold the sweater so both sides are even....

Set your sewing machine on the zig zag and sew the edge....

The edge will naturally ruffle.

Add some little lovelies and you're finished!

With the extra part from the sleeves, zig zag the tops and you have a pair of leg warmers!

Add some lace, trim, anything!

I was so happy to hear that she wants to wear them to dance on Tuesday!  

(NOTE:   I cut the collar out for this one and then did a zig zag stitch because the neck hole was too small after it was washed.)

Happy Upcycling!


  1. Cute upcyling ideas!! Love it Karla, thanks for sharing. What a cutie!!

  2. Absolutely adorable! Hope to make some for my little granddaughters! Your little girl is a great model! Thank you! I'm following you now! Be blessed!