September 23, 2011

Feature Friday - arm warmers, take two

A year ago I did a Feature Friday on arm warmers.  You can see it HERE.  Well, I was rummaging through my craft room the other day and I saw four pairs of super cute knee socks I had purchased on clearance a while back.  Autumn is when we bust out arm warmers for the boys around here, so I thought I'd show you this idea again - plus the new ones I just made.



The concept is turning knee socks into arm warmers, though most people do this to create baby leg warmers.  I don't have girls or even babies right now, but we love them as cute layers under t-shirts.  The boys can whip them off when it gets warmer in the afternoon.  


Plus, they are fun to coordinate with shirts.  


Here's a mini-tutorial, in case you want to make some.  Cut as much of the sock off as possible.


Cut off the heel and toe.   


Fold that part in half, creating a cuff.  


Then pull it over the long sock part, stitch, and then roll it down.  They are really simple to make. 


Then find a shirt that matches and enjoy your warm arms.


Thanks for reading.

38 comments:

Матрёшка said...

Вау!!! Супер прикольная идея!!!)))

Jennifer said...

These are awesome. Totally forgot about these...thanks for the reminder. I might have to make some!!

Anonymous said...

What an inventive idea! I love it!

Jessie said...

So cute! LOVE THEM!

The Miller Five said...

That is so cool! Our weather has been moody out here lately. Cold mornings and hot afternoons. These would be great for my little guy! Cool idea Cheri!

Colville Clan of TN said...

I love all the Paul Frank shirts! That's a great idea, maybe my youngest won't be sweltering in 70 degree weather (like his brother) so I can try these out!

Katrine said...

You do know you're brilliant, right? I'm totally going to do this! Thanks!

Natalie said...

Holy cow...those are AWESOME!!! I am SO doing this. Thanks for sharing, as always!

Rachel Kaylynn said...
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Rachel Kaylynn said...

Love this idea! Especially since my sewing skills are at the preschool level and I still think I could pull it off.

i see amazing said...

I just want you to know that I think you are a genius. I follow your blog and appreciate all of the time you put into it. Your ideas are amazing and this one will save us a loooot of money...you rock :)

Christa aka The BabbyMama said...

Is there any way to get around the fact that I don't have a serger? How do I make this work without one?

Rachel M said...

These are ace! Thanks for sharing!

Jill said...

So awesome! Thanks for sharing:)

Jill
jaihartjustlovelydesigns.blogspot.com

lovinsanta said...

I have to ask...when you stick the cuff on do you use a straight stitch or a zig-zag stitch? Thanks.

Heather

KateUntamed said...

I was just staring at a pair of socks yesterday wondering what would be a good way to do this. Well I guess that answers that. Thank you!

Joy Burkhart said...

Great idea! In fact, I pinned this on my Great Ideas board! Send the kids to school on a chilly morning with these, & no jacket to carry home in the afternoon! :)
XoXo
Joy @ tomorrow's memories

Kristen Duke Photography said...

I love layers. I love this look!

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Krista- There is so serger involved here. I don't have one either. You just need a sewing machine.

Lovinsanta - Whenever sewing with knits, it's good to use a slight zigzag. It doesn't have to be a big one, but slightly zig-zagged.

Cheri

briaboo said...

Hi Cheri,

Are you using kid or adult socks? I'd love to make some for my little guy. :)

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Briaboo - They are adult socks. I got mine in the woman's section.

Cheri

briaboo said...

Thanks, Cheri! I'll have to see what I can find over here. :)

Anne said...

What a cute idea! I bought a couple pairs of knee socks last year to make leg warmers for my son, but they slid down his legs anyway. Arm warmers might work now that he's older though, especially since that way he won't have to stop wearing short sleeves so soon.

thisismarriedbliss said...

I love it! I have a 10 week old little boy and I'm definately going to make these for him for next fall!!

Beth- the mama bee said...

We like to use these when we play in the snow. I put them on over their gloves and shirt sleeves to help hold the gloves on. We use them to keep the socks and pants all tucked in together.

Betty said...

awsome!

Landon and Kylie said...

Where did you find your socks? I saw this tutorial almost a year ago, and I've been looking for knee socks ever since but have never found any!

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Kylie- I always find them at Target. They are in the women's department by nylons, etc. I think they have some in right now.

Cheri

Ramblings of a Redhead said...

That is a great great idea!

Marissa said...

Genius! I've made some for my daughter as leg warmers but it never occurred to me to make some for arms for my boys. They hate wearing jackets and it's usually 70+ in the afternoon, even in the winter.

NewToClothDiapering said...

Brilliant!! Do you have any "action shots?" I would love to see what they look like on!!

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

The action shots are here:

http://iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com/2010/10/feature-friday-arm-warmers-for-boys.html


Cheri

Justine said...

Do your sons ever complain about the "socks" on my arms?

Just Better Together

Shawna said...

are these sewn into the shirt? or can they choose which combinations they want for each day?

just jayma said...

Ok, I just tried this but without much success. for some reason, when I sewed mine, they got all stretched out and really distorted! I used a zig zag stitch...so I can't figure out what went wrong. Any ideas?

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

Jayma-

I think you probably stretched the fabric a bit as you were sewing it. It's really hard not too with knits. I just try to force the fabric under my machine a bit to make sure I don't stretch it as I go along. You could also take in the cuff a bit before you sew it on. That way they'll be tighter at the top. I hope that helps!

Cheri

Steph Jacobson said...

What a great idea! My son has a bunch of short-sleeved t-shirts but not many long-sleeved shirts for fall and winter. This is a great way to extend his wardrobe!

Sharon Jeselnik said...

REALLY like this idea! Could you cut the socks off at the ankle and sew THAT onto the tshirt? That way you would only sew once and use the ribbed top of sock as the wristband?? Please email at bobojay55@yahoo, not sure how I would know there is an answer here. Thanks

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