DIY: how to make socks from tights

March 22nd, 2011

I love socks. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ve probably noticed I’ll take any excuse to do a sock DIY. Soooo this was pretty much an inevitability! I’m absolutely thrilled with how they turned out though. They’re so cute!!

Here’s how you can makes some

  1. Get your old tights
  2. If your hole/rip is near the toe like me, then you’ll need to make a new toe section (but that’s okay, because I have something fun planned for the toes!). Cut them 5″ from the toe and then 10″ from that. If the bottom half your tights are still in tact, then just cut 10″ from the toe and skip to step 5
  3. The middle section will be your socks. We need to close up one end – I like to do this by sewing in an arc from one side to the other, using a zig zag stitch. I set it to be quite wide, short zig zag (as in the zig zag width around 4 but the stitch length less than 1) – It’s actually a lot like this project from last year.
  4. Trim as close to the stitches as you dare, and then turn the socks the right way round, so that the stitches are now on the inside.
  5. Cut 2 pieces of stretch lace to be as long as the circumference of your socks. (I dyed mine a bit to try and get the colours a bit closer)
  6. Pin the lace to the raw edge
  7. Sew on top of the lace using a wide zig zag stitch, making sure that you catch the socks in the stitches, and stretching both the lace and socks as you sew.
  8. Optional: I didn’t like the way the lace matched up, so I made little bows with some of the excess pieces and sewed them over the seam.

I can see I’m going to get a lot of wear out of these babies!

10 Responses

  1. Kayla says:

    This DIY is adorable! Those socks looks fantastic! I love this idea! Thanks!!

  2. paige says:

    cute! you are so talented!

  3. Justine says:

    These socks are adorable! Great thinking

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  5. roberta says:

    I love this project. I will definately try it. Great series, I love repurposed items.

    • Meg says:

      Me too – it feels so good to use something you would otherwise throw out! Let me know if you end up making some – i’d love to see!

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