Basically, you just lop off the foot of a sock and sew around the edge. The foot can be used to make a cuffed bottom if you wish. Here are the tutorials I followed:
Here are the leggings I made. Yes, I went a little overboard and made 13 pairs. This little girl is going to be stylin'!
I only made cuff bottoms on 3 pair- I just really really liked the lettuce edge better.
Some tips if you make your own:
1. Find cheap socks. I found mine at Kmart. I used girls' knee high socks. I also looked at Walmart, Target, the dollar store, and Kohls- they did not have cute socks for less than about $6. I paid $1.99 for most of these pairs but found some on clearance too. It averaged out to $1.40/pair!! Online these leggings go for $10-12. I'm sure when it's not 105 degrees outside, more stores will have knee high socks stocked. Toe socks would also work quite well I imagine. (Ooh, Christmas leggings!)
2. The name brand leggings are 21cm long for newborns and 33cm long for their regular size. Mine all came out different sizes depending on the socks, but they were all in that range.
3. Next time I will make the cuffs a smaller diameter than the legging part. I just didn't care for the way they turned out.
4. When doing the lettuce edge, go around twice. It just makes a nicer looking edge. Each pair takes about 15 minutes total (including cutting and sewing). Super easy!
Ok, so then I had all these extra sock pieces left. What to do, what to do. An idea hit me! I'm sure this has been done before, but I seriously came up with this on my own without looking at any tutorials. It actually worked too! I decided these leggings would look super cute with a jean skirt, so I whipped one up using some of Josh's old jeans, some elastic, and one of my old tank tops for the waistband. Then (and here's where the wheels started turning) I added a button on the front and made interchangeable appliques to match the leggings. Each applique has a button hole so you can swap them out! I'll let the pictures explain:
|Jean skirt with button|
|Little pink flower applique|
|Little heart applique|
I also made 2 hooded towels and a pacifier clip like I have done in the past.
(Funny side story: Josh is so super smart, way smarter than I could ever hope to be. His vocabulary is wonderful, while mine is stuck in about 5th grade. Get this, I taught him a new word this week- applique! I was quite proud of myself!)