No-Sew Wrist Warmers for Young Enterprising Fashionistas

These are the two different wrist warmers we made

Can I tell you a secret? I nearly flunked out of Family Studies class in seventh grade. I was a miserable and impatient sewer. What saved me was second semester: cooking and meal planning. Funny thing is my skill set has not changed one whit since then. I’m much better in the kitchen than I am with a sewing machine or needle and thread. That’s why I’m a huge fan of no-sew sewing projects. And this one is my fave.

What you’ll need:
• An old children’s wool sweater or two (We bought ours at Value Village, but I recommend cleaning out your closets first!)
• Sharp scissors
• Sewing machine or needle and thread (optional)

1. If you are using a wool sweater, wash it in hot water. The wool will become tighter and softer. Check how much shrinkage you’ve achieved before you pop it in the dryer! If you need it to be smaller, put in the dryer for a short time (but not too long, or you may end up with clothes for your old Cabbage Patch doll instead).

2. After the sweaters are washed and dried, measure your child’s arm and cut off the sleeves at the desired length.

3. Snip a slit in the wool to create a thumb hole. Personally, I prefer the thumbhole near the narrowest end of the sleeve but my daughter wanted it at the wider end so the sleeve had a bit of flare. If it looks like the fabric might fray you can sew around the thumbhole and where you cut it off.

One of the sweaters we bought was really big and stretchy so we turned it into a tunic and matching pair of legwarmers instead! Impressive, eh?

My youngest, who loves the idea of making her own clothes and is stuck with a no-sew kind of mom, was thrilled with the outcome. She’s so proud we made something that she “can can actually wear.” (Her words, not mine.) And you know what? I’m pretty proud too.

Andrea Tomkins is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999.

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