Thursday, November 3, 2011

diy: Ruffle Knee Socks


My sister used to always tease me because my socks were always mismatched. You couldn't see them so who cares, right? I'm not sure when things changed, probably when Punky Brewster stopped airing on television, but now I am pretty much obsessed with socks. My drawer is filled with polka dots, stripes and my favorite are over-the-knee paired with leggings. I put together this little diy to make your own ruffle knee socks they are perfect this fall and winter with boots so the lace just peeks out at the top.
Here's how I did it:
These socks are from Target for 2.50 along with some other more decorative ones.
I cut off the band at the top and then also made a slit about 2" long down from the edge. After you cut the slit then smooth off the corners so that there is a bit of a dip in your sock and not quite so blunt of corners. What this does is it gives you more room to fit the sock on your leg after you sew the ruffle. The first time I tried this the sock was too tight on my leg so I unstitched it and add the slit and it worked. Also, the ruffle is quite forgiving once you are done and you won't even tell where you cut it.
Next, cut 2 strips 2" lace. Layer both strips of the lace on top of the sock & sew a few stitches to keep it in place. Then, hold the fabric behind the sewing machine while stretching the bottom sock layer in front as far as you can. Keep it stretched out really tight the whole time you are sewing. You don't need to ruffle as you go because stretching it out makes the ruffle once you are done sewing and you release your sock.



Add a bow or buttons on the outside of each sock. This bow was made with Chevron Fabric paper but I removed the fabric from the adhesive back that way it is easier to work with.
Looking forward to keep warm while wearing these with boots and leggings this winter. Enjoy! xo Lizzy









19 comments:

Marina said...

OMG! I need do this!!thanks for the DYI. : )

stephanie said...

Awesome! I want to make 20 pairs for my 5yo! :)

Amy said...

Woman....you are too awesome!! :) I wish I had an ounce of style you had!! These look so fun!!!!!!!!!!!! That paper bow..yikes to die for!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!
P.S. I LOVE your sweater and skirt!!!!!

Maria Therese said...

Pretty!!!

elizabeth kartchner said...

Amy,
you are way too nice!!
Thanks!

Meg said...

oh my!! another thing added to make list!!!

elizabeth kartchner said...

Thanks for your comments... I'm glad you like it!

emma said...

the chevron bows... <3

caroline hancock / Scrappercaz said...

these are awesome and i want 300 pairs please :)

projectdowhatyoulove said...

OMG I am so on this! I will definitely be making this! I love it!

Natalie
www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

P.S. You look lovely!

Melissa said...

Oh, I just love this! Thanks for sharing!

Julie Keller said...

Seriously, where do you come up with these brilliant ideas!?

sweet said...

This is great... thanks for the idea! Now I know what my next project is!

Annie @ Originate and Renovate said...

So cute Liz! I love them.

Carol said...

Super cute idea for socks! I too love socks but lately my daughter (9 yrs) is getting picky about hers too. This idea is perfect (for her) for stocking stuffers. TFS

glorygirl said...

Loooove these! Thanks for the reminder that I NEED new boot socks...like, tomorrow! Have a lovely weekend!

kelsterjean said...

These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

Lila said...

I have been making Ruffle Stockings for a while now and love them. I always get compliments. But you have added a new element that I am unfamiliar with. What is fabric paper. Is it durable and washable?

Sophie said...

"MERCI" for this idea! I'm going to try it in the next few days!