Doesn’t Christmas time just call out to you for making crafts??? If it does, then it is time to get busy!!! Don’t leave these fun ideas for the last minute!
A dear friend of mine had shown me photos of these Elf Legs last year, but it was too late to make them. Since then, I have seen many uses for them on Pinterest … in your tree, on a wreath, or even in a centerpiece! I have just finished my own pair!
Of course I didn’t run out to buy fabric, I bought cheaper items at a thrift store so that I could repurpose them!!! Here are the shirts I started with . . .
Looking on Pinterest, I drew patterns for the two pieces I would be needing to cut. The rectangular piece for the legs measured 16″ x 5″, and the shoe was drawn free-hand.
I pinned and cut my fabric. I cut 2 leg pieces, and 4 shoe pieces.
Next, I did a tight zig-zag stitch (by narrowing the stitch width) around the two shoes. I did NOT stitch along the top edge … I needed it open so that I could stuff it and attach the leg to the shoe.
I turned the shoes right side out, and stuffed them with polyfill.
Then, I folded my leg pieces in half (right sides together), and serged (or you can do a tight zig-zag) the long seam of the legs, and also put a seam along one of the short ends.
I turned the legs right side out and stuffed them with polyfill.
I wanted to be able to bend the legs, so I took a couple of clothes hangers, and cut them to use the long straight part of each hanger.
I shoved one end of the hanger down the length of the leg piece (through the stuffing) . . .
then wrapped a small rubber band around the bottom part of the fabric.
Then, I shoved the other end of the hanger into the shoe piece (through the stuffing).
Taking out my trusty fabric glue, I applied some glue along the inside of the top edges of the shoe fabric, and pressed the shoe to the leg.
As the final step, I took some pom-pom ribbon and sewed that by hand near the top of the shoe pieces.
Elf Legs ready, but no Christmas tree yet …. so, here are the legs in a tree in our yard. Poor Elf …. landed head first into that tree!!!!!
Then upside down in a bush by our driveway!!!!
And finally he snuck behind a large plate on a shelf in our family room!!!! He looks more comfortable here!!!
Kind of a more “life sized” version of the Elf on a Shelf!!!
Happy Making (for yourself or as fun gifts) !!!