DIY Arm Warmers for Those Transition Months

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DIY Arm Warmers for Those Transition Months

What do you wear when you know it’ll be cold for part of the day, yet it it supposed to warm up later? Most of us will undoubtedly throw on a layer like a cardigan or jacket. And that’s definitely a smart option. But I have another interesting way to approach this issue!

These accessories are called arm warmers! This is not much different than leg warmers, which sends us back to the 1980’s and Jane Fonda’s workout, I’m sure! But most of the time, these arm warmers are only seen in part. Meaning, they are only peeking out of a top layer of clothing. Let me explain.

History

When mom and I were putting together an outfit for wearing her Chunky Knit sweater (here) she showed these to me.

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She’s wearing these arm warmers under her sweater because the sweater’s sleeves are only 3/4 long and it was a little chilly outside. Being the creative sewing genius that she is, she had made these burgundy beauties with some leftover material from a sewing project many years ago.

Now you may be thinking that you’d never need this accessory. And you could be right, I suppose. But let me tell you how much easier it is to pull off your arm warmers when you get a little heated! And then they definitely don’t mess up your hair like a sweater or jacket could!!

But if you thought “aha” when you saw these puppies, then read on how you can make your own!

DIY Your Own Pair of Arm Warmers

1-Buy a sweater.

In order to make my own pair without spending a lot of money, I went to the thrift store. I wanted to get a sweater in a neutral color where the sleeves were relatively tight to the body.

Now you could also find an old sweater in your closet that could work. How about one that has a spill down the front. You know, those pesky white sweaters that never stay clean. As long as the sleeves are still in good shape, then why spend more money?

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2-Cut off the sleeves from the sweater. I think it’s best to do this at the top of the sleeve. Besides it’s better to err on the side of longer. If they end up being too long, you can always push them up slightly.

3-Where you cut off the sleeve from the body is where you want to sew in a piece of elastic. Place the elastic to the raw edge of sweater and then fold it over so it’s completely covered by the sweater. Pin this in place and then sew the top and bottom of the elastic to the sweater.

FYI, I used 1 inch wide elastic and made it 1 inch smaller than the diameter of my arm. You want it tight enough that it stays up, but not too tight that it cuts off your circulation!

Now just remember that your sewing doesn’t have to be perfect. This part of the item is hidden when you’re wearing it. Therefore, I call this an easy peasy project.

Other Options

But if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can see the you tube video of how to use knee high socks and scissors to create your own (here). Or if you happen to be a knitter, here’s a pattern from Ravelry!

Of course, if you are not the DIY type, then there’s always the stores! I’ve found some pre made arm warmers down below for you to check out! Some of the store made ones, have a thumb hole. Of course if that isn’t your cup of tea, you can always tuck it under and not put your thumb through the opening!

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I’ve ended up wearing my arm warmers more times than I would have imagined! The photo above is when I wore these with a short sleeve shirt. But there have been times that I’ve also worn them with my poncho! I even bought another sweater at the thrift store in order to make another pair at some time in the future.

I don’t have a lot of 3/4 length sleeve sweaters, but I do have some short sleeve ones. Most of the short sleeve sweaters have been hand knit by me, so I hate to not wear them. That could be part of the reason that I’ve fallen in love with these arm warmers! They give me more reasons to wear what I already have in my closet. Especially when it’s too cold outside to have naked arms.

Truthfully, I’ve even worn them under a jacket when I was too lazy to change to a heavy shirt! You can hear that explanation, here!

Arm warmers may not be the biggest thing since sliced bread, but having one pair around, could fill that naked arm problem we all have from time to time. And I’ve shown how making yourself a pair can be inexpensive and fun!

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  • Bernadette Laganella

    Well then I guess it wouldn’t be fun for her anymore. At least she knows what she wants to do, right?

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Very cool. Mom should put on Easy.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      When I told her that about something else, her response was ” that’s too much work!” She used to even make clothing for other people, but she limits herself now to herself and immediate family!! She is quite talented!!

  • I like the idea of this but don’t know that I’d find them comfortable. I’d be too worried about them slipping down like stockings. I suppose the elastic helps with that.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Mine don’t slip down at all…but that’s the nice thing about putting the elastic in yourself….you can make it as loose or tight as you want!

  • Great idea. I hate having cold arms.

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    • Jodie Filogomo

      Agreed! I hate having cold anything!!

  • Jodie Filogomo

    It was a cute sweater, but I have plenty of grey sweaters (who knows why). I do admit to cutting off the cute flower things also although I haven’t done anything with them yet!!

  • Well Jodie, it will probably come as no surprise to you that I do this too!
    I have used old cashmere jumpers that are beyond repair.
    I give them a “normal” wash and it shrinks them slightly…this gives them a great fiit under other jumpers and cardigans.
    I wear mine almost everyday in the winter.
    Brilliant idea.
    XXX
    Samantha
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    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course you do Samantha!! You’re a smart woman with fabulous style sense!!
      But where did you get the idea?

      • It was my first ever cashmere jumper, not an expensive one BUT expensive for me. I accidently put it in with the normal washing….sigh.
        I have to admit to shedding a tear.
        I decided to salvage the sleeves and found they made great wrist/arm warmers.
        Brilliant.
        I still wear my originals and they must be 15 years old now.
        X

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Did you keep the body of it because I just saw a youtube video where she made that part into a beret!
          I understand the tear—I washed a furry sweater once and it got all tangled…I even tried to comb it back to normal, but it was unsavable–I think i even stomped my foot in exasperation on that one (especially since i knew better).

  • Lorena Lorena

    I’ve seen these and am quite sure they work wonders for cold weather. They remind me of “Flashdance” and the leg warmers…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ha Lorena—I never thought of that!! I actually think my mom showed her arm warmers to me years ago and I thought they were silly! Funny how one’s opinion can change!!!