You'll need a decent sewing machine, scissors or rotary cutter, elastic thread, regular needle, thread & buttons! If you were to buy the boot toppers or arm warmers in the store, they sell for $10-20 each - ridiculous!
Step 1: De-Construct the Sweater
Since my sweater was a bit small on me to begin with, I could not use the arms which I cut off for the leg warmers (too tight). So, I used the back part of the sweater to cut out my pieces for my boot toppers. I will explain that in the next step & the measurement options.
I ended up being able to make two sets of arm warmers with the material - as I used the front part of the sweater with the pockets for one set, as well as having the arms which I cut off. You can make quite a lot of things from one sweater!
Step 2: Measurements & Cutting for Arm Warmers
- Before you begin cutting sweater material out, please note that my arm warmers are a bit snug and you might want yours a little more loose. If so, rather than adding an inch of material as explained in the directions, add 1 1/2 inches instead!
- Cut out two pieces of sweater material 12 inches long
- Top measurement of the arm warmer should be at least an inch bigger than your wrist measurement around (ie: wrist=6, cut it at 7) and bottom measurement of arm warmer should also be an inch bigger than your arm measurement there. Please view the image for clarification on how to cut this out - it will make sense once you see it
Step 3: Boot Toppers Measurements & Cutting
Please see image. If you want to add cute buttons and make yours just like mine in the photo, then you'll want to follow the directions in the following steps. If you want something simpler, you could just cut out one piece of material per leg instead - and leave it at that.
Step 4: Sewing the Arm Warmers
If you are just using the arms you cut off of your sweater, then this is super easy! The only thing you'll need to do is sew under one seam (the one that is probably fraying right now). Please see images for a clear understanding of how to do this. If your arm warmer is already in one piece but just has one end that was cut and fraying, you need to try to get that onto the machine so you can sew the seam down. If your arm warmer is too tight to do so and doesn't fit around the area of your sewing machine (see image 4), then you may need to cut it at its seam, then sew the top seam under and then re-sew the side seam. If you have any questions, please ask in the comments!
For my arm warmers, I took the pieces (which have the pockets on front) and first sewed their top seams under with the elastic bobbin thread in place. I then, folded the material the long way, inside out, and sewed the long side seam. Then, I turned it right-side out and it was done!
Step 5: Sewing the Boot Toppers
- After pinning the pieces together, sew along the area pinned - removing pins as you go along
- Once you flip the smaller top piece up after it's sewn together, you'll see that it's right-side up with the right-side of the main piece
- You'll then notice that it's an inch or so longer than the main piece - it's supposed to be
- It's important to do this before you sew the final side seam & finish them up
- You won't be able to wear these if edges on top and bottom are fraying apart
- The tricky part is here - you'll see there is an extra-bulky area at the top where the longer material is located
- You need to fold that material in as well - please see the images for clearer explanation
- Then, pin along the side seam and sew it up - go extra slow over the thick top area
Step 6: Finishing Touches - Final Pictures
You can also trim off any excess material near the seams to clean it up - and you are done!
I live in Wisconsin where it gets extremely cold in the winter so I need a lot of cozy accessories like these to help me survive!