1. Open the Crafting Menu
To open the crafting menu in Minecraft, you need to access a crafting table. Crafting tables provide a 3x3 crafting grid that allows you to combine items and blocks to create new ones. To make a crafting table, open your inventory and put wood planks in the 2x2 grid (How To Craft in Minecraft). Once you've made a crafting table, place it in the world. Right click on the crafting table to open up the 3x3 crafting grid interface.
With the crafting menu open, you can start combining items to create new tools, weapons, and more. Make sure you have collected the required materials needed for crafting leggings before accessing the crafting menu. Having the right ingredients in your inventory is crucial.
Gather the Necessary Materials
To make leggings in Minecraft, you will need 7 pieces of either leather, iron ingots, gold ingots, or diamonds. Leather is the easiest material to obtain early in the game, as it can be collected from killing cows. Iron ingots require smelting iron ore in a furnace. Gold ingots and diamonds will need to be mined from underground.
Specifically, the required materials are:
- 7 leather
- 7 iron ingots
- 7 gold ingots
- 7 diamonds
Leather can be obtained by killing and harvesting cows. Iron ore needs to be mined with a stone pickaxe or higher, smelted in a furnace with fuel, and forged into ingots. Gold ore is found deeper underground than iron and also needs to be smelted. Diamonds are very rare and found deep underground, often near lava beds and usually require an iron or diamond pickaxe to properly harvest.
Arrange the Ingredients
To craft leggings in Minecraft, you'll need to arrange the ingredients properly in the 3x3 crafting grid. Place the 7 material pieces you have gathered in the outer edges of the crafting grid. Be sure to leave the middle square empty. The order of the pieces does not matter, as long as all 7 pieces are placed in the outer edges of the grid.
For example, you could place 1 leather piece in the top middle, bottom middle, and middle left slots. Then place the remaining 4 leather pieces in the corners - top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right. This specific order is not required, but ensuring the pieces are in the outer edges and the middle is empty is key.
According to this gaming tips site, a shortcut for quickly moving items from your inventory to the crafting grid is to hold shift and left click. This will place the item in the next available slot.
Craft the Leggings
Once you have arranged the 7 material pieces in the outer edges of the 3x3 crafting grid, the leggings will appear in the crafting output box. You can then move the newly crafted leggings into your inventory to equip them on your character. Leggings provide protection for your character's legs from damage. They are one of the four armor types in Minecraft, along with helmets, chestplates, and boots.
Leggings protect your lower body and legs. They reduce incoming damage from attacks, explosions, lava, and fire. The amount of protection depends on the material used to craft them. Leather provides the lowest protection, followed by gold, iron, diamond, and finally netherite for maximum defense. Wearing a full set of leggings and armor provides the best chance of survival when exploring dangerous areas.
Upgrade and Enchant Legging
Once you have crafted your basic leather, iron, gold, or diamond leggings, there are ways to upgrade them to make them even stronger and add special bonuses.
To upgrade to netherite leggings, combine your diamond leggings with a netherite ingot in a smithing table. This upgrades the durability and enchantability of the leggings. Netherite leggings last longer and can apply more powerful enchantments than diamond leggings (Source: https://minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Netherite_Armor).
You can also use an enchanting table to apply special bonuses to any type of leggings. Some of the most useful legging enchantments include:
- Protection - Reduces damage from attacks, explosions, fire, etc. (Source: https://www.digminecraft.com/lists/leggings_enchantment_list_pc.php)
- Fire Protection - Reduces ongoing fire damage (Source: https://minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Fire_Protection)
- Blast Protection - Reduces explosion damage (Source: https://minecraft.fandom.com/wiki/Blast_Protection)
Apply multiple enchantment books on an anvil before enchanting the leggings to take advantage of all the bonuses.