How to Make Furry Leg Warmers
Furry leg warmers are a cosy joy for winter, clubbing or cosplay. Wear them over boots! Make your own faux fur legwarmers with this tutorial, and remember you can also make leg warmers from old sweaters.
Fluffy leg warmers be personalised with different colours and dimensions, for parties or even casual wear, if you dare… They go really well with a pair of chunky platforms, over fishnets or patterned tights. If you’re keen, they can be finished in less than an hour!
What you need to make furry leg warmers
- Minimum 1 metre fluffy plush material, any colour
- Firm elastic (about 4cm wide is best, I’ve found)
- Sewing machine!
Measure the circumference of your leg, just below your knee. Add an extra 2 cm to this, as this will be the length of elastic necessary for each warmer.
Measure the circumference of your actual calf muscle (the widest part along your shin). Using this as the length for the top of your template will ensure that the warmer can fit and slide up your leg.
Measure how wide you would like the base to be. A minimum 22-inch circumference is a good dimension to make a first pair with. Lay out your material, making sure that the fur is stroked in the right direction as you draw up the template.
The shape should look like this:
On the inside of the material, mark three evenly-spaced lines along the top so it looks like the top edge is divided into 4 quarters. With your measured elastic, also mark 4 even quarters.
Machine-sew the elastic to the inside of the material. As you sew, be sure to stretch the elastic as you go; aiming for each of the quarters marks to meet.
This part is easy; while inside-out, sew the diagonal edges of your material together. The elastic should overlap by 1cm. After being turned rightside-out, the elastic should be hidden.
All done! With this sort of material, it usually isn’t necessary to sew the hems. This also helps reduce any unnecessary bulk at the base.
If you’re unsure about how much material you’ll need to buy, just draw up a quick template on a big page of newspaper.
After making your first leg warmer, try it on before starting on the next.
If you’re feeling confident, try some two-tone, or even three-tone warmers! Widening the base will give warmers a larger flare.
Comfort / style tip: Wear them over boots
Read next: How to make leg warmers from old sweaters (sew and no-sew methods)