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Sew furry leg warmers in 3 easy steps: 1. Draft pattern  2. Cut fur  3. Sew one seam on each, turn and wear!
 
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Step 1: Trace leg.

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 Use craft or butcher paper or if unavailable newspaper will work fine. Trace around the leg, keep foot flexed down to create as staight a front line as possible. You will use this to be your fold line for the pattern.

Step 2: Draft straight line for fold.

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 Use highest point and approximately where the end will be, draw straight line. Fold paper down this line.

Step 3: Square top of pattern.

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 Draw a line perpendicular to the fold across the top of the design line. I added 5 inches in height which I sqaured. I did this so my leg warmers would have more scrunch. The amount you add or not depends on your own choice.

Step 4: Add 3" for girth and seam allowance

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 I started with 3" knowing I would be using a 1/2" seam allowance. The blue furry pair worked well with this measurement, they were easy to get on and a bit loose over my boots. For the black low nap fur pair I only added 2 1/2 ", again knowing I would use a 1/2" seam. The black fur I had a bit of stretch (the blue fur did not stretch at all) and I wanted them a little tighter so the scrunchy folds would hold better. It is better to cut them a little too big and then stitch in a second time if they come out too big. If you cut them too narrow the first time, you will have to start all over.
cirillin1 year ago
Love this project! Where did you get the fabric from?
ljabali (author)  cirillin11 months ago
Thanks for the mention Cirillin....I believe it was bought in Los Angeles or Paris. But I think you can find something similar on http://www.distinctivefabric.com/fabric.php?product=SLDLGHRFUR1. Also try your local fabric stores, sometimes they have these fabrics, not as nice as the European imports, but suitable. Wish you the best...Lili
reedbabe2 years ago
These are very cute and don't look homemade. I am going to have to make the furry leg warmer version. Thanks for the great tutorial!
ljabali (author)  reedbabe2 years ago
Thanks for the comment. I have also made them with a zipper in the back. I did a pair in suede which doesn't give at all, the fur has enough give (a little stretch) to pull on easily...just use an open-ended zipper in the back seam. I put my zip in so it closed at the bottom. That way I could leave them open for a a bit of flare over my boots if needed. Good luck!
SakuraWulf2 years ago
Can someone tell me where to get that faux fur fabric? Aside from ripping up a nice stuffed animal I dont know..
ljabali (author)  SakuraWulf2 years ago
I think most local fabric stores should carry some. Also if you search online for faux fur fabric you should find some sites. It can range in price from a few dollars a yard to much more ( I think my price average is $15.00 to $24.00 a yard and I buy wholesale)...the more expensive is often much softer and better quality. Good luck!
Generally any fabric store should have a faux fur selection. I got my "cheetah" faux fur from Hobby Lobby. JoAnn's has faux fur too but if you don't find what you like at the chain stores you can always shop on-line at some of the fabric retailers for a wider variety of colors and types of faux fur.
sugaroyale2 years ago
I have been searching for a tutorial such as this! I originally was just going to cut out two big rectangles but this is sooo much more refined : )
I think have to make this!
ecurtain4 years ago
Very nice, clear tutorial. I have some fur that's been sitting around waiting for a project, and this one is it!