5 minute Baby and Toddler Leggings

The original 5 min baby and toddler leggings sew4bub

Modelling baby leggings

Charlie modelling her baby leggings

I was so impressed with results of my Baby Legwarmers in 5 minutes for $3.50 project that I got to thinking about all those lovely stripy and patterned socks and how stretchy and forgiving they were to sew.

I came up with a crazy idea, and what do you know …

…It worked!

So here it is …

5 minute Baby and Toddler Leggings

This project is very easy and takes about 5 minutes to make. You will need one pair of adult knee high socks and some 6mm elastic (I used clear swimwear elastic but I am absolutely sure that standard braided elastic would work just perfectly).

Start with Adult socks

There was a sale on socks so I got a few different sorts to test out – This lot (8 pairs) cost just over $15

Step 1:  Pick a pair of socks and cut the toe section off as shown

Cut the toe section off your chosen socks

Cut the toe section off your chosen socks(both of them)

Step 2: Cut along the centre sole of the sock (where it is folded) from where you have cut the toe off to the centre of the heal section as shown.

Cut straight down the sole of the socks

Cut straight down the sole of the socks (again, both of them)

Step 3: Turn one sock inside out then insert the other sock (the one that is still right side out) inside the first sock and line up the cut edges as shown in the picture

Put one sock inside the other

Put one sock inside the other and line up the cut edges

Step 4: Sew (using a zigzag stitch) or overlock around the seam that will become the crotch seam – leave the top (where you cut the toe off) open. Then you should have something that looks like the pic below.

Sew the crotch seam

Sew the crotch seam

Step 5: Sew (using a zigzag stitch) or overlock your elastic to the inside upper edge of your leggings (the open edge)

Gently stretch the elastic as you sew it on, no a lot, just enough to counteract the sewing machine stretching your fabric out as you sew.

Note: If you are using your overlocker for this part, make sure that the cutting blade is disabled and that you have adjusted the differential feed so that the stitching will still allow the fabric to stretch right out after you have finished. On my overlocker a setting of 1 is considered standard and I used a setting of 0.75. You need to remember to stretch your elastic gently as well, as mentioned above.

Sew your elastic to the upper edge while gently stretching

Sew your elastic to the upper edge while gently stretching

Step 6: Fold the the edge with the elastic sewn to it to the inside and zig zag around the edge. This will create a neat and finished edge as shown.

Fold the elastic in and Zig zag the top edge

Fold the elastic in and zig zag the top edge

The finished top edge

The finished top edge

Now you are finished – One pair of baby leggings in 5 minutes (you will notice in the picture below that the top is a bit wobbly – this is what happens if you don’t stretch your elastic enough. it doesn’t really matter because they are still snug when they are on bubs)

The finished leggings

The finished leggings

One thing I did think is that these would probably not fit that well over a cloth nappy, so I tried some using mens size 11-13 dress and sports socks – these give more room in the top part although the legs are shorter – more like 7/8 leggings. Check out the results below

Mens dress sock leggings

Mens dress sock leggings

Mens sports socks leggings

Mens sports socks leggings

...and that is the end of the story :)

…and that is the end of the story 🙂

If you make some sock bloomers, be sure to grab some pics and hashtag them #SEW4BUB I would love to see your creations!

As always, thanks for reading.

Liz xx

Update 25/10/2015 – I have recently revisited this idea, check out the other posts in this series:

Adult socks to baby and toddler bloomers tutorial

Socks to baby and toddler bloomers

5 minute sock leggings for bigger kids Sew4bub

5 min leggings for bigger kids

5 min Bonds nappy cover hack sew4bub

The Bonds Nappy Cover Hack

58 thoughts on “5 minute Baby and Toddler Leggings

  1. What a great idea! I see those leg warmers in stores up to $12! Insane! Great fashion statement, perfect solution for knee protection, and a bonus of keeping those legs warm and comfy!

  2. Wow! I just made these for my baby girl. I can’t find reasonably priced plain leggings for her. I bought a pair of ladies dress socks for a dollar and these were so simple. This might become addictive, thanks for the great idea!

  3. oh i’m so excited I found this. I just picked up three pairs of knee socks tonight to make baby legs. But I was thinking I much rather have my daughter wear the full tights. thanks so much for sharing

  4. This is quite possibly the most ingenious thing I have EVER seen. You are brilliant. Thanks for the tutorial, I’m excited to go make some leggings with the socks I got for 97 cents at Target!! 🙂

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  6. I don’t understand the part where you turn one sock inside out then put one inside the other… Wouldn’t that mean one leg is right IDE out Nd the other inside out? Any help would be great 🙂

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  13. These are great! Do you know what range of sizes this would work for? My daughter is wearing 3t/4t right now. I am off to find a pair of knee high socks to test this out! Leggings are so expensive. Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  15. This is great, wish I found it sooner, my youngest is 5 now, still this is just what i need for their BUILD A BEAR clothes for Christmas. Money is tight so thank you so much for this…I’m not a great sewer but I can do this! If you tag this with dolls clothes diy easy and build a bear and american girl dolls clothes diy you will get more blog guests for sure.

  16. I have known someone to make these, but she said they could only come in NV sizes, any idea what sizes these can all come in? I know it depends on the size of the baby too… but I would want to make them for my 6 month old too. I see your little model is crawling, so I hope making bigger sizes is possible!!

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