So fun, right? Below is the pile of sweaters I've acquired. So much potential
This was a thrifted sweater before up-cycling:
And this is how I made the leg warmers:
Start by cutting off the sleeves.
Turn the sleeves inside out and pin the end that you cut from the sweater.
Sew it...in a straight line. Easier said than done (At least for me). I'm not that good at sewing.
I've read several tutorials that tell you to wear the bottom of the sleeves (the part that sits at your wrists) at the top of your calves when wearing them as leg warmers. That didn't work well for me. Maybe I have big calves, but the "wrist" end of the sleeves were too small for my calves. So I wore them the opposite way - with the "upper arm" end at the top of my calves.
I also made some from this sweater (My father-in-law gave this one to me. I don't think he wanted it anymore) :
And I used the same instructions from above.
And finally, the crazy sweater - my mom bought this for my dad several years ago, but he refused to wear it. My brother said it looked like the knitting machine blew up when it was being knit. It probably did. (I also think he got that line from the Princess Diaries movie. He is proabaly going to kill me for saying that on my blog now). Ha ha.
I also turned the sleeves inside out and hemmed the top, just like I did with the previous two sets, but the sleeves were huge near the shoulders. So when I turned these inside out to hem the ends, I also took in a couple inches along the side (the length, as in top to bottom) to get a better fit.
Be sure you also check out these tutorials on how to make a Hat and Mittens, Arm Warmers and Fingerless Gloves, a Sweater Vest and Infinity Scarf, and turn a Sweater into a Skirt.