DIY Toddler Leggings

6 years ago by in baby, for Lillie, tutorial
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 I have seen all sorts of tutorials around for baby legs.  Don’t get me wrong.  I like baby legs because they make it easier to change diapers and I love seeing a little thigh poking out the top.  BUT I also hate them because they don’t stay up well and they end up being more work than they are worth.

About a month ago, I had an epiphany.  Leggings.  I know it doesn’t sound that original, but hear me out.  I found some knee highs in the women’s section at Target and the wheels started turning when I laid them down like this.

Do you see it?  I realized you could make leggings from a pair of $3 socks so easily!
Here’s how you do it.
Begin by cutting the toe off of the socks.  I found it was best to cut them out at the same time so they were exactly the same. 
Next, make a cut down the bottom side of the foot of the sock.  It should start where you cut the top off, and end right where the heel should go.  Do that on both socks.
You will need to pin the right sides together next.  The best way to do this is to start by matching up the middle and pinning up both sides one after the other.  Then sew along the edge.
Turn right side out and it will look like this.
Last, take some elastic and measure around the waist of whoever is going to be wearing these.  My daughter had a measurement of 17 1/2 inches without stretching the elastic.  Pin the elastic into the top of the leggings so that the sock is folded over the top of it.  Then simply do a zig zag stitch all the way around (sewing on top of both the fabric and the elastic).  The zig zag stitch makes it so there is a little stretch.

 Put them on and let your little one enjoy the cuteness.

I also did some grey ones that I love.

What do you think?  It’s easy, inexpensive, versatile and so so cute!

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32 Responses to “DIY Toddler Leggings”

The Conrad Family
January 6, 2012 Reply

Adorable and very clever!! Also…I love her tiny Toms!! Good job Jonie!!

January 6, 2012 Reply

Oh my gosh I love these! What a great idea!!

Well how cute! I will have to remember this if we ever have any little girls in the family.

Shannon MadiganMade
January 7, 2012 Reply

This is pretty genius! (and stinking adorable, too!)

The Clegg Family
January 7, 2012 Reply

What a cool idea!
{Visiting from TT&J}

January 8, 2012 Reply

Are you for real? These are the cutest things ever.

January 8, 2012 Reply

This is such a good idea! Love it! I am featuring it at

January 8, 2012 Reply

Amazing! And so easy! Saw you at someday crafts. I need me some socks 🙂

I love them Jonie! Super cute. 🙂
oh- and I forgot to mention GENIUS!

January 11, 2012 Reply

Love this idea, they are adorable!

THis is such a fabulous idea! My daughter loves leggings but can’t stand the texture of a lot of them. She would love this… THanks for sharing!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy
January 12, 2012 Reply

How CUTE are those leggings!! Now I just need a little girl to make these for! I love a smart project, and this is definitely smart! Thanks so much for sharing at Oopsey Daisy!

January 12, 2012 Reply

How smart!!! I love your idea! Thank you for sharing!

Mary Jo
January 26, 2012 Reply

I was just complaining about not being able to find any cute leggings for my baby girl. this is brilliant!!! thank you! I’m gonna be following along now. found you via pinterest.

January 31, 2012 Reply

Bought some socks lastnight! Only 2.50 a pair at target… Can’t wait to put these together today! Hoping they will fit my niece.

February 1, 2012 Reply


February 1, 2012 Reply

You are amazing!!! Going to try this immediately!

Diana Maldonado
October 22, 2012 Reply

Thanks so much for this!! I just made 6 pair for my grand daughter and niece. I also used shorter socks for a capri-ish look. my babies are only 8 months so they might be long but still warm and cozy.
November 29, 2012 Reply

You just blew my mind. =)

January 1, 2013 Reply

Just found these…love!

April 6, 2013 Reply

I just made two pairs for my daughter! Thank you for coming up with such a brilliant idea! 🙂

Jonie @ Just Between Friends
April 10, 2013 Reply


I am so glad they worked out for you! I would love to see a picture of your cutie wearing them!

Thanks for reading my blog!

June 20, 2013 Reply

oh how cute and awesome 😀 gonna have to uh… yea remember this when i do my doll’s leggings. i have old socks she doesn’t use 😛 woo! love it~

June 27, 2013 Reply

I make tutus for little ones and just bought some leggings to try with them. My intent was to make some myself. You have made my day. I am going out today to find socks with awesome prints on sale.
Thanks for caring and sharing !

November 4, 2013 Reply

Very cute!! Anyone try to make these yet??

Jonie @ Just Between Friends
November 4, 2013 Reply

There have been a lot of people who have tried them and loved them! Do you have any questions about the process? I would love to help if I can!

November 4, 2013 Reply

Hi Jonie – actually your post was very well detailed and informative. Though I will have to sew by hand, as I no longer have a sewing machine. Thanks for the idea!! And great Blog 🙂

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December 18, 2013 Reply

My granddaughter would love these mix-matched!!! Oh my gosh! So doing it!!!

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