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Making babylegs – tutorial

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Babylegs: Tube sock as seen straight from the store/unaltered.

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Babylegs – Step 1.
Your tube sock dissected
Measure approximately 2.5 inches and cut off extra fabric.

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Babylegs – Step 3
A visual of what we have left after all the cutting.

Take the “cuff” portion of the foot and fold side A down to meet side B. This way you have the right sides facing each other.

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Babylegs – Step 4
Zigzag stitch the long edge shut. Leave the short ends un-hemmed.

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At this point you should have a small rectangle tube with wrong side facing out. Go ahead and fold down the edge of the tube over the tube part. That will form the cuff so that the “wrong” side of the fabric is still out and the two remaining raw edges are together.

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Babylegs – Step 5
I like to pin four edges of the cut edge of the long tube sock with pins. That way when I squeese the tube into the cuff that I just stitched, I will know where the center marks are and can then sew it together without uneven gathering.

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Here you see the cuff folded down and the remaining tube sock stitched together

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Babylegs – Step 6
Flip the cuff part inside out again. The “wrong” side of the foot fabric is facing out. Fold the foot fabric in two.

What you are shooting for is to have THREE raw edges pinned together. Two edges from the small tube (ie “Cuff”) you have just sewn & folded down and one edge from the tube sock. (This edge is from when you cut the foot off the tube portion of the sock.)

I prefer to pin the three edges at four corners to keep everything even. You’ll notice that the cuff is not as wide as the sock, which is why pinning can help. This way you sew an even amout of sock to the cuff all the way around. There are lot’s of ladies who skip pinning and do wonderfully. However, I suggest for your first effort that you do the pinning.

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I stitch the three edges together with a zig-zag stitch and then go back over the raw edges to clean up the “rawness” of it all. Stitch one side of the zig onto the fabric and the zag off the edge. It makes a neat scalloped affect.

Stretch the cuff as you sew so that the finished affect will be that the long tube sock will gather slightly onto the cuff.

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Babylegs – unveiled.
Flip your cuff down and you are now REALLY done!

A Simple Recap

1. Stitch the foot part (right side together) down the long edge.
2. Fold the two remaining raw edges together (RIGHT SIDE now OUT). This is your cuff.
3. Thread the tube sock through your cuff. You now have THREE raw edges. Pin raw edge of sock evenly to the two raw edges of cuff.
4. Stitch all three layers together.
5. Zig-Zag over the raw edges for a “serged” affect.
6. Fold cuff down.
7. Admire your work. You’re finished!

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