When shopping for clothes, most people forget to include socks in their shopping bags and only to realize they need a new pair when their old favorites start showing signs of tear and wear. Well, whereas socks are an inexpensive type of outfit, there are some DIY methods you could use at home. It’s possible to design socks yourself, and the good news is that you don’t have to struggle a lot. During winter, you can also come up with a warm pair that will protect you from cold. Similarly, people with arthritis can benefit from a carefully sewn pair of woolen socks. Right here, we have easy tips on how you can make socks at home.
Gather the tools
Before you start on your DIY project, you need to have all the tools and the materials ready. It calls for preparation. You’ll need the fabric to start with. You can walk to the fabric stores and do some window shopping; alternatively, you can explore the various options available online and choose one that best fits your style. You’ll also need scissors, a pen or a marker and a sewing machine. Other useful items are a thread and needle.
Choose the right fabric
When you are shopping for the right material for socks, chocks the best fabric that’s soft and stretchy. A material that stretches is far much better and comfortable when compared to a rigid option. Ideally, such a fabric should mold to the shape of your feet. It wouldn’t be wise to choose a woven material since it’s bulky and can’t be worn with shoes. Do a simple test and stretch the material on either side. There should be more room to wiggle your toes. Nylon, cotton, and polyester are the best favorites.
Do you have old clothes? Consider recycling
If you are on a tight budget, you don’t have to overthink your options. Alternatively, if you don’t have enough time to shop for the best fabric, you don’t have to stress yourself out. Better still, if you can’t find the best material, the solution could be right there at home. Yes, your clothes could do the trick. Consider recycling old stuff such as T-shirts made of nylon, polyester or cotton blends.
The fortunate thing when it comes to choosing materials for socks is that they don’t require lots of material to make. Cut carefully and use the fabric to make yourself a pair of socks.
A sewing machine is necessary
Of course, for this exercise, you need a sewing machine. There are several options available on the market. And there are portable sewing machines you can order online and have them delivered at your doorstep.
If your budget is a little bit squeezed, you can borrow from a friend. Otherwise, a sewing machine is an essential requirement for this DIY project.
The advantage of these machines is that they form sturdy and strong seams. Therefore you can craft your project with the confidence that the seams will last long. At the time, it can be embarrassing wearing socks with seams that are poorly done. That should not be a problem when you have the right tools.
Get the right pattern
You can get socks patterns easily from the internet. There are hundreds of those you can choose for your DIY task. In addition, if you have some old socks that you adore, you can steal some patterns and use them with the new sock. Tracing the pattern is pretty easy since you only need to place your old sock on the material and trace it. Ensure that you leave at least half an inch for the seam around the socks. Next cut and seam. If the seam appears a little bit slouchy, you can use an elastic material on the top.
Seam the socks
Seaming the sock is a simple affair; however, it all depends on how you want to do it. Some people would want to run the seam on the front area of the sock. If that’s not ideal for your case, you can put the sock’s front on its fold and this will help hide the seam. There’s also a different option you can consider. It involves creating seams on the side such that it only changes how the appearance of the socks. Try working with different options before deciding on the best.
Make winter socks using old sweaters
It feels good during winter hanging your legs on the couch while wearing a cozy pair of socks. Well, you can make winter socks from old sweaters, and they will be your best companions during winter. If you have some old sweater with long arms, these will be your ideal choice. Start by cutting off the arms, and if they are very long, you may shorten them.
On the open end, sew a zigzag style around the part for the toes. Using a pair of scissors, trim to make the edges neat. Next, turn the inside to the outside. And, there you have your pair of socks for the winter.
It’s evident that socks are easy to make at home, and all you need is the right tools. If you don’t have the time, you can easily sew a pair of old clothes such as T-shirts and sweaters. You need to be an expert tailor to have a pair of socks. If its winter time, you only need a pair of scissors, thread, and needle and you are good to go. If you can afford a sewing machine, you can make pairs of socks to match with your style and other outfits. Whatever the option, the most important thing is to have a pair that fits you and goes well with your style.