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Arm Warmers.

November 27, 2011

Okay! The week did not happen like I anticipated – computer space issues (we take pictures in raw form, which is great because they are huge but bad because suddenly you have 170 gigs of pictures chewing up your hard drive and…yeah. No.).

So we’ll ease back into this regular writing thing slowly with a quick and easy little project for the boy-children in your life. Actually, there’s no reason on earth why this project couldn’t apply to girls too but I’m thinking of it as a boy project! Because I don’t have many of those. Girls, yes. Boys….well, we are working up to it.

You’ve seen baby legs? Those little full length leg warmer dealies for baby girls that are easier to deal with than tights? These are like those, only not. These go on the little person’s arms.

Now, I love these  – I love that those short sleeve t-shirts from the summer that still fit him beautifully are totally still in play when I add a pair of arm warmers. I love that he’s warm and comfortable and that I can strip them off of him for lunch so he doesn’t smear applesauce all over them.

And they are SO SUPER EASY to make. All you need to do is find some knee socks. I would think for a slightly older kid you could use women’s knee socks probably…for Sam I grabbed some boys size 10-13 socks. They work pretty well – they are maybe a touch shorter than I would like but they are narrow enough that they stay up really well. (Contrary to what you see in the pictures – he’d been yanking on them in order to see his firetrucks better – I drew his attention to them by taking pictures of them apparently).

To make them all you do is snip the toe off of the socks and then cut the foot part off, removing the heel. You are left with basically a small tube from the foot part of the sock, and a longer tube from the leg part of the sock. Still with me?

Take the foot part and fold it with the wrong sides together. Then slide the foot part over the leg part, with the folded edge facing down, aligning all of the raw edges together (the two edges from the folded foot, and the raw edge of the leg).

I used a serger to serge around these raw edges, joining them together and finishing the raw edges. If you don’t have a serger, do not worry! Use your regular sewing machine and a slight zig-zag stitch – you want to make sure to preserve some stretch here.

Flip the cuff right side out and voila! Arm warmers.

This is a really rough description of what to do – there are tutorials for making these things all over the place though. I found the instructions via this post.

Give it a try; it’s so super easy and I love how great they are for Sam. Way fun!

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend – it’s the first Sunday in Advent! Liiiiiggght the AAAADVENT caaaandle ooonnnneeee…..

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2011 6:47 am

    oooh, i love this idea!!!

  2. Mom permalink
    November 28, 2011 9:05 am

    And don’t forget to put an ornament on the Advent calendar, on Thursday…:)) Very cute pictures of Sammo.

  3. November 30, 2011 11:25 pm

    May I just say how much I love the little tummy on him now? Aw. 🙂

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