Confession: I don’t own a sewing machine. Maybe someday. I really like the idea of sewing things but I’m afraid I will sew my own hand.
Because a sewing machine is just a tiny rapidly-stabbing little sword.
I hope to get over that fear someday soon, maybe when I want to make Bea a homemade Halloween costume this year after geeking out over all the amazing ones I keep seeing on Pinterest.
Even though my lack of sewing skills has kept me from making clothes for Bea so far, here’s a project that even the wimpiest of us can make! Baby/Toddler leg warmers with built-in kneepads!
These came about because Beatrice has gone from taking cute careful steps to running anywhere she needs to go, full-speed with arms flailing like a little wild woman. She’s fast. But when she falls, she falls hard.
Sometimes when she’s joyfully speeding across our yard, I cringe, knowing a wipeout is inevitable.
I know that this is one of those things I need to let her just do, but still I don’t want her squishy little unscathed knees getting all scratched and bruised. I could just dress her in sensible jeans every day, but she owns one pair of jeans and a closet full of dresses that she’s growing out of every day. What a conundrum.
This little project solves all my problems.
For each pair of these kneepad leg warmers, you’ll need
- 1 pair adult size, knee-length socks
- 1 piece of scrap material. Maybe part of that t-shirt you started cutting up to make rag curlers?
- Any kind of iron on patches
The instructions are so fast and easy!
1. Cut each sock horizontally at the ankle like so:
2. Cut out any shapes you want from the iron-on patches:
3. Cut out two quarter-sized circles from your scrap material and place on the middle of the sock. they can look all rough and crookedy like mine do, that’s fine. They won’t show.
4. Iron the patches on top of the material circles, making sure that there is some of the patch touching all around the material circles, to seal in that extra cushioning goodness.
5. That’s it! You did it! These are even machine washable.
I also made a boy’s version using argyle businessman-type socks for my nephew. Who says baby girls get all the cute clothes? These little guys make me hope I have a boy baby someday!