Today I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something new. I went out on my own to remake a sweater into something I would use. I had a sweater I’d been given several years ago that I never liked. It was/is just too bulky and awkward feeling. A few weeks ago I decided that since I hadn’t used it in years I should use it for something. I took the collar apart for a small project that ultimately failed. I was discouraged and felt like throwing the whole thing away, but just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I love the cable stitch and the pattern on this sweater is so pretty. As well, it just seemed wrong to throw all of this away.
So I thought I would cut off the arms to make some leg warmers for my baby. We like to hike – even in the winter – but I worry about the baby being warm enough since he’s not exercising on my back. Snowsuits are a bit too bulky, but the idea of some leg warmers has been perking in my brain. It felt almost wrong to cut sweater up, but then I wasn’t using it anyway so out came the scissors.
I cut the arms off.
Then I serged the cut edge to keep it from unravelling.
I turned the sleeve inside out and folded the edge down. Then I sewed a casing for some elastic and threaded my elastic through…
and voila! A leg warmer.
They’re a bit long, but he’ll have some growing room.
Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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