Upcycled, No Sew Leg Warmers From an Old Thrift Store Sweater

Upcycle a thrift store sweater to cozy warm boot socks with this new sew tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

A couple weeks ago, I was invited to spend the weekend at my friend’s cabin near the Anthony Lakes Ski Resort. Of course, I couldn’t show up with a regular tote so I upcycled a thrift store sweater to a make this Winter Sweater Tote.

Learn how to refashion an old sweater into a tote with this easy to follow photo tutorial from The Renegade Seamstress

It was made from the body of this old sweater.

Learn how to refashion an old sweater into a tote with this easy to follow photo tutorial from The Renegade Seamstress

The sleeves were given to my good friend, Linda, as a hostess gift. And in no time, without doing a bit of sewing, she was rockin’ them as cute leg warmers.

Upcycle a thrift store sweater to cozy warm boot socks with this new sew tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Check this out for more ideas on how to upcycle thrift store clothes:

Ten Ways to Refashion a Sweater

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43 Responses to Upcycled, No Sew Leg Warmers From an Old Thrift Store Sweater

  1. I love your new creations, especially the leg warmers, they look so comfy :D xxx

  2. Karen says:

    When I did this with and old sweater, the cut edge raffled (sp) and curled. How do you prevent that without any sewing? Thanks for any help.
    I loved the recycle idea, but mine was a fail :(

  3. Jo H. says:

    So cute! I love the colours in the original sweater.

  4. You are just too dang good at this :)

  5. Cara Olsen says:

    Too cute, Beth. I love seeing what you will come up with next. ;-)

  6. Love these boot warmers! Wish it was cold enough to wear these here :)

  7. Meris says:

    This is a fantastic idea! Your post was well-timed. I was just about to donate a sweater that no longer fit with my wardrobe, but I loved the color. I will now be cutting off those sleeves (which I just confirmed fit my calves).

  8. I bet you could put in a little elastic to keep them up too. These would look cut with boots too. Might have to re-post this we’re expecting snow, finally!

  9. Great idea and full use of that sweater… I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, go here to see how to accept http://versatilestylebytracey.com/2013/01/28/very-inspiring-versatile-blogger-award/

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  11. Katie says:

    I love the leg warmers, I need a cute old sweater now! Just wondering if you can tell me where the shoes are from… I love them!! I’ve been trying to find myself I pair of oxfords and I just love those!! Either way the tote and the leg warmers are great =)

  12. Found your leg warmers on pinterest. I love them. I live in the mountains in Australia where it gets really cold in winter I will definately make some. I will go to the op shop and try and buy a cream wool jumper and felt it then I will do some natural eco dying with eucalyptus leaves which will come out with red leaf designs. thanks for the great ideas!

  13. Love, love, love this! What a clever idea, thanks so much for sharing it.

  14. I love the sweater you chose! I have a lot of wool sweaters that I got second-hand in order to use for refashions. I have had a hard time finding cute colors and patterns though. Nice find! And cute refashion!
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. I make hats, mittens, ear warmers, scarves, purses, leg warmers, socks, etc. I used to work for a company in Northern MI called baabaaZuzu. They make most of the above (except socks and leg warmers). I got to work from home doing hand stitching. Then we moved and I could no longer work for them. :( So now I make my own stuff, mostly for gifts. Do you do a lot with felted wool?

    • Just a few things, a clutch, some mittens, a couple of hats, the tote and leg warmers. I have collected quite a few wool sweaters. I’d like to make a quilt. Have you thought of opening an etsy shop?

  16. I have one, but nothing listed at the moment. I opened it several years ago. At the time I only had children’s hats listed, but didn’t have a lot of luck selling them. I just recently changed the name to MadMama Designs (to go with my blog), but I haven’t listed anything yet. My blog is still really new, so I haven’t decided what to try to sell yet (plus I need to make some more things first!)
    Do you have an etsy shop?
    I’m loving your blog by the way! It’s like the mother-load of awesome tutorials! I get a ton of inspiration from all of your refashions. And it looks very professional. :)

    • Thanks so much! I love to sew and having this blog to share it with other people makes it even more fun for me. I don’t have an etsy shop. I used to design custom invitations and cards and had a shop for a short time, but I don’t have time to do that anymore now that I’m back to teaching full time.

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