Here's a quickie little tutorial for a craft for the little lady this V-day. I found these knee high women's socks on pre-Valentine's Day clearance (why are they already clearing out the Vday stuff for St. Patrick's Day before the actual date passes?) for $2.99. I'd been wanting to try and take a stab at making girlie some leg warmers for a while, since brand name Babylegs are at least $10 a pair!
First step - cut the feet of the socks off right above the heel part, making the cut parallel to the top of the sock.
Set your machine to a tight zigzag stitch (for those of us without fancy sergers or overlock machines, that is). I set my tension to about a 4 and my stitch length to between 1-2. Stretch the material slightly and stitch over the raw edge, with one part of the stitch catching the material and the other going off the outer edge. Zigzag all the way around.
I used matching thread, but contrasting colors would be fun too!
Your edges will end up slightly ruffled and girly looking in about 1 minute flat! (Well, or two minutes if you are like me and get the material stuck in the guides under the presser foot rather than letting the machine do the work...patience, Grasshopper).
Seriously, one of the fastest and easiest sewing projects I've tackled to date, and I think they turned out super cute! Would make a fun little birthday or shower gift for that special little girl. I'm keeping my eyes peeled at JoAnn's for clearance holiday socks from now on!