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As a popular alternative to sweaters and coats, arm warmers are not only great with the cold but as a great alternative fashion accessory. Save money by using the following tips, instead of purchasing your own. Arm warmers can be assembled in less than an hour.
To make one pair of arm warmers, you'll need:
- A long-sleeved shirt or blouse
- Pair of scissors
- Stitch unpicker or seam-ripper
- Chalk or fabric pencil
Remove the sleeves of the shirt with scissors. Lay your long sleeved shirt on a flat surface first of all. If you don't want to cut anything under your shirt, then you should consider using a tabletop. The sleeves must be stretched to either side of your blouse. Cut the sleeves to the needed length - usually around the elbow. If you want more than just your elbows warmed; then cut higher up on the arm sleeves. Cut both arm warmers an equal length.
Clip out holes for your fingers. Your next step will be to include finger holes into the warmers. Begin with turning the sleeves inside out. Stretching the sleeve during this process may temporarily distort the size or length of your arm warmer causing you to err in your measurements. With your sleeve inside out, measure exactly one inch up from the bottom cuff of the sleeve. You should mark your seam at this point. Cut the thumb hole here. Now, you'll still want to leave enough room to allow your thumb to be able to slip through the hole; use your seam ripper to cut away seam from the inch mark to do so. To ensure that the thumb hole falls exactly in the same place, do this for both of your arm warmer sleeves.
Your arm warmers are now ready to be hemmed. You should add a hem to each of the arm warmers to prevent them from fraying - or don't do this step if you like a ragged look. This activity is easy to complete. At the top of your arm warmer, and with your sleeves still inside out, fold down 1/2' of the fabric, then cut it away from the rest of the shirt. To make sure you get a straight hem, iron the fold. Next, sew a straight stitch, either with a sewing machine or by hand, all the way around the top of your arm warmer. To prevent your thread from coming loose after you have finished, and to strengthen your hem, add a few additional stitches.
To prevent fraying around your thumb holes, you may want to reinforce the area. You also have the option of doing a simple circular, button hole type of stitch that will go around your thumb hole edges. Another option is similar to the previous hem you completed where you fold the fabric back; after that, you will iron and stitch the seam back. After completing this step, your fingerless gloves or arm warmers should keep you both warm and stylish.