DIY: Boot Toppers/Legwarmers

I've been in love with the chunky socks peeking out of boots trend all winter. I was going to knit my own little boot toppers, but then I thought that sounded like a lot of work, when most of it would be hidden inside my boots. So I decided to cut off the sleeves of a sweater instead! How's that for easy?

I doubt I'm the first person to come up with this, but I'm sure everyone does theirs differently. Here's how I made them:

I took this great thrifted sweater, chosen because I liked the sleeve cuffs. I chose thick ribbed cuffs so that I could fold them over.

I cut off the sleeve at the shoulder seam, so I would be able to decide later how long to make them.

Next, I tried on one of the sleeves and marked with a pin where I wanted to cut. I cut mine at about the ankle, but you could make these as long or as short as you want.

Then I took off the sleeve and cut straight across where I had made the mark. I matched the other sleeve up and cut in the same place.

You could really stop here, since the cut edge is hidden inside your boots. I decided to do a quick zigzag stitch at the bottom though, just to make sure it doesn't unravel.

TaDa! The finished boot topper! I have more sweaters and I'm planning on making lots of these! The finished look is adorable!

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  1. I love this idea! You are a genius!! I totally agree with how cute the leg warmers look peeking out of tops of tall boots. This is a unique DIY alternative to legwarmers. Thanks for sharing. Gotta tweet this!

  2. Thank you, Rachel and Diane! Diane, thanks for tweeting! :)

  3. OMG..this is a fabulous idea! I should hurry and make a pair before the next storm. XD

  4. that is awesome!! i bought an old sweater to make into a pillow...after i pulled it out of the dryer i noticed the "pits" REEKED!! hahaha! Sooooo, if you buy a thrifted sweater, give the pits a good sniffin'

  5. hehe...this is really cute idea! I should tell my girls about it.

  6. OK you are a genius! I have been wanting chunky socks for the top of these new boots I got, this is my answer..ya thanks!!! Thanks too for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments!

  7. These are GREAT! Since I cannot seem to finish knitting a pair of socks, I do believe that I need to use up some of my pretty yarn to make these for next winter. Thanks!

  8. such a great idea! It has been so hot here the idea of wool is making me sweat... but I will have to remember this!

  9. I've been meaning to do something similar and make a pair of legwarmers with the sleeves of a thrifted fair isle pattern sweater. I love how yours look! Great job!
    By the time I get around doing it, it will be summer and way too hot!

  10. What a brilliant idea. I am going to do this, my local Salv.Army and church thrift stores are selling sweaters for $1.00 or $0.75 now. I shld take advantage of that, shldnt I?

    Thanks for stopping by in my blog. I am reading all your archives. Fascinating!