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

Step 1: Trace Leg.

 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.

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

Step 3: Square Top of Pattern.

 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

 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.

Step 5: Final Design Line

 I wanted leg warmers to wrap over my boots so I drew the line to come down onto the heel and slope in front to lay over the top of my boot. I also smoothed the broken line where I added the 3" so the curves flowed more smoothly in the finished pattern. It is important to have the curve of the heel in mind as this is where the leg warmer will hold in place. Since I do not hem the ends, this design line can be trimmed shorter after being sewn and tried on.

Step 6: Layout Fabric and Pattern

 Long hair fur should be cut from the back. Remember that most most furs have a nap ( lay in one direction) so cut all pieces the same way. I used old dumbell weights to hold the pattern in place, but flat heavy rocks or bricks ( clean, of course) work great also. The finished length of my pattern was around 22". 3/4 yard of faux fur should be enough for at least 1 pair of leg warmers.

Step 7: Tips for Cutting Long Hair Fur

 Long hair fur should be cut from the back . Cut only the backing by sliding the scissors in an upward angle. Do not cut the fur. This will leave the fur ends long. A moment of practice before cutting will be very beneficial to a great finish.

Step 8: Cut Out

 Your leg warmer should look furry around the edges after cutting. Remove the pattern and shake gently. Yes, it is a bit messy and you will need to sweep afterwards.

Step 9: Tips on Pinning

 Fold the leg warmer in half and fold the edges of the fur in and then pin in place. As you sew you will fold the fur back in from time to time. 

Step 10: Pinned and Ready to Sew

 Ready to sew

Step 11: Prepare Sewing Machine

 I used a professional Juki machine and opened the foot tension fully. My control is on top of the machine. This is not the thread tension control that is located on the front of the machine. I also used the longest stitch I had. I used regular sewing thread, but do use a good quality thread. Remember to re-set your machine tension after working on fur fabrics.

Step 12: SEW

 I used 1/2" seam allowance. Remove pins as you come to them. The top layer will have a tendency to pucker down due to the tension and nature of the fabric to shift. Gently force the top layer back up while holding the bottom layer in place as you sew. It takes a little technique and skill, but sewing slowly will work best here. The top may look like it is puckering as you do this, but in most cases will be able to be smoothed in shape by hand when you are done. Lock ends securely by back stitching several times ( sew forward, sew backward, sew forward ). Now turn and wear! I do not hem the ends as the stich doesn't look good and they just look better to me this way. 



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    Reply 5 years ago on Step 9

    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


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Can someone tell me where to get that faux fur fabric? Aside from ripping up a nice stuffed animal I dont know..

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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 : )


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice, clear tutorial. I have some fur that's been sitting around waiting for a project, and this one is it!