A Homemade Holiday ~ {easy} Lacy Boot Socks

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Mountain Home and Heart | 44 comments

Welcome to week 2 of a Homemade Holiday!

Today I’m sharing the tutorials for two pairs of lacy boot socks. Fun and flirty, these are great for colder weather to pair with your favorite boots! 

What you’ll need for either of these styles:

(feel free to play around with colors, lace textures and button styles!)

 

For the first sock:

(a bit more challenging but easy enough for even ME to do!) :) 

Start with a pair of knee high socks in the color of your choice as well as lace that you like. For this sock, 1 yard of lace each is needed, so grab 2 yards. I used a stretchy lace and found it super helpful. For the side embellishment, save about 5 inches of lace off each yard. Go ahead and cut it and set that bit aside.

 

 

Because this is something that’s going to stretch when it’s worn, it needs to be sewn stretched out… that way, the thread and lace won’t pop off when someone goes to put the sock on.

The first time I made these, I put it on my leg and sewed it that way but it was horribly awkward so then I came up with the idea of putting the sock on a glass jar. I used a 1 quart Mason jar which mimicked the “calf” size for these socks pretty well. It was so much easier and worked wonderfully!

1. Using the rest of the lace which will now be nearly 1 yard, sew it around the top of the sock.

2. Giving it a slight scrunch as you sew makes for a cute, ruffled look.


3. Dork that I am, I messed up while doing the first sock, and put my thread on the wrong side, making an un-wanted loop around the lace. 4. Deciding to just go with it ( *grin*) I decided to do the loop about every two inches or so and it actually made a very cute ripple effect that was fun. 5. Work your way completely around the sock. Note: When you reach the other side and you’re back to where you started, just nestle the two ends of lace together. You don’t need to sew them together, just let them hang out, they’ll become BFFs.

Once you finish the lace going around the top of the sock, you can add a little embellishment on the outside. As you do this, be certain to lay your socks out as you would wear them so you can make sure that you get BOTH embellishments done on the outside so they are the same (otherwise, if you have one sock with a lacy ruffle on the outside and the other sock with the lacy ruffle on the inside, your little un-crafty heart will be very sad!) :)

To do this, put your sock back on the Mason jar. Measure how far down you want your lace to go. I cut 5 inches of lace and started down the sock about 2 or so inches. You’re going to ruche or scrunch the fabric. To do this, lay the lace where you want it to end and then give it a few stitches. Keeping your needle always on the outside of the sock (1) scrunch the lace as you sew (the needle slides easily along the glass jar, making this a simple method as opposed to trying to do it freehand. Keep sewing and scrunching your lace (2) until it’s all finished (3).

Lastly, if you are so inclined, pop on a cute button!

I went with a contrasting color for this pair because I have a bosom friend who likes nautical things and this little anchor made me think of her. (hi friend who now knows I’m talking about her! Check your mailbox… ;) )

And the finished look of sock #1:

Now for sock # 2:

1 yard of lace for this will be perfect. The first thing you’ll want to do is cut 4 strips (2 strips for the side ruching and 2 strips to make into little bows)

The strips that I did were 5 inches each for the side rushing and about 7 inches for the bow. Here’s how to make the bow:

1. Lay the lace out flat and fold about 1/3 of it in 

2. Do the same with the opposite side so you get a criss-cross

Using your fingers, bunch the center together to make a bow

3. Sew it a few times so it’s snug (you’re going to sew this again when you attach it, so just a few stitches here is enough).

Now you’re ready to add the other two strips to the outsides as embellishments, using the same ruching technique as before:

For this one, I had about 1/2 inch of fabric left at the top so I could fold it over and sew it snug, though not necessary if you end up a tad short there and even if you come up more short than you’d like…bows…they cover a multitude of sins. ;)

Sew on the bow just at the top, then also attach the button. And you’re done!

 

Simple to make and a fun gift to give (and get!) these lacy boot socks are perfect for fall and winter. I’m planning on making a few pairs for myself next!

And just like last week, I’m giving the craft away! This week, I’m giving away the ivory socks (sock #2) + the knee highs and lace to make another pair yourself! To enter, simply use the form below!

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44 Comments

  1. These are sooo cute!! Love the idea! Thanks Joanne! =)

  2. That would be a ring.well it was there till he took it out to propose.

    • Oh, Diana. How romantic! What a special, special Christmas memory. :) (P.S. I got my ring on Christmas eve, so I remember that feeling!)

  3. Super cute! And looks really easy to make. Thanks for the idea! :)

    • Thanks so much, Jenn! They really are a cinch to make!

  4. How adorable these are – what a great gift for someone or for your yourself! You make it look so easy! Have you thought about doing a “crafting for dummies” book? You have the gift of explaining it so well that even this “all thumbs Nellie” could manage to do it :-)

    • Haha! “all thumbs Nellie…” I love it. I’ve seen your stuff…you’re craftier than you realize. ;)

  5. The most important thing that I received in my stocking was a cross necklace that I wore for many years until it broke. I love these socks. Thank you for this chance to win! ~ Blessings ~

    • Lisa, that sounds so lovely and what a special memory. I’m so sorry that it broke! So nice to see you here- thanks for visiting!

  6. Hey Joanne,

    I’m doing homemade this year, too. Thanks for wonderful ideas and tutorials. Sign me up – these would make great gifts for a few people I know and love, whether I make them or YOU make them! :-)

    BTW, wasn’t sure what to enter in the Facebook box so I just put my facebook ID – hope that still counts.

    Hugs – and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your delicious family. Or should it be a delicious Thanksgiving with your wonderful family… Either way, it works.

    Becky

    • Becky,

      What fun you are, my friend! Delicious family, delicious food. That truly is the way of it. :)

      I love that you’re going homemade this year. I want to do that too. I have some ideas in mind for the kiddos. Yes, that facebook way works great! I really am not great with these forms. Don’t use them often, but as long as you put something in there, you’ll get that entry. Great seeing you and I hope you and your family have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

  7. These are precious! Will make the best little gift for
    tons of things this winter. A’s on report cards, etc. thank you
    Joanne for sharing.

    • Thank you, Melody! They really do make sweet little gifts–love your idea for report card A’s. :)

  8. What a delightful gift ! Not to hard to do thank you

    • So glad you think so, Jackie! It truly is simple as can be.

  9. I love these!! So cute, what a great idea!!! :)

    • Hi Marissa -

      So happy you liked the socks and glad that you are here. Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

  10. One year I got a nice necklace in my stocking!!
    Love the socks. Just saw similar ones for sale for $35!! This would be much cheaper.
    Thanks.

    • Pamela, that sounds lovely. And oh, yes, these socks are a bit pricey! That’s why I had been wanting to try to make them. I’d say it probably cost about $10, maybe a bit less.

  11. Love these! We are doing more homemade this year too, great idea! The most special gift in my stocking is hard to say, each year all 6 of us sisters were blessed with so much. One year our daughter was upset because Santa forgot us (mom and dad) and filled our stockings with candy, ornaments and toys from around the house!

    • Leah, it’s so neat to hear that you have six sisters. What a fun and full house that must have been! And what a SWEET memory of your daughter doing that for you and your husband. That is so precious!

  12. Hi Joanne! These boot socks are so cute! How I wish I was handy with a needle and thread. Stockings are one of my favorites things! They are always full of special little treats and treasures. May you and your family enjoy a joyous and blessed Thanksgiving!

    • Britney, I know just what you mean about not feeling handy. I’ll tell you, needle and thread projects, this one is pretty simple! Aren’t stockings fun? I think they are my favorite part too :)

  13. Joanne, you are one more crafty girl! My head and my hands just don’t work together when it comes to a needle and thread. Your projects are darling! Stockings are so wonderful. My stocking always had wonderful little surprises in it. I loved it, and still do!!!! You and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving .

    • Melanie,

      Why thank you! I know just what you mean about those hands not working together. I feel like that when I try and crochet. I haven’t even attempted knitting. ;) I hope you and your family had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!

  14. I just enjoyed the little simple things like Chapstick or nice notes from other family members. Love these socks!!

    • I’m the same way, Michelle! Love those little treasures and odds and ends that are always so handy. And chocolate! ;)

  15. These are adorable! I finally got a pair of boots this year that I really love and these would go perfect with them! : )

    • Pamela- Thanks!! Yay for a great pair of boots! (I’m minorly obsessed with shoes ;) )

  16. Oh my goodness!! These are so adorable and cute. If I would have known I wouldn’t have wrestled that lady down at Fred Meyer on Black Friday if I’d known it was this easy. ;) JK. But I did grab a pair and they’re not this cute. Thanks for the ideas for me and my girls. Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving God bless!!

    Kristie

    • Kristy,

      So glad you liked them! And I laughed out loud at your black Friday story!! LOL. I think these would be so fun for you and the girls to make… and you are SO girl enough to wear them at 40. They’re such a nice little feminine touch and would go cute with so many outfits.

  17. I’ve always loved the orange in the toe! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net YaY! I love the ivory sock with the yellow ribbon!

  18. These are super cute! My shoe and boot obsessed daughter would love them :)

  19. I got a special hand lotion that my husband had to go online and search for. I had gotten a sample once and liked it and he found it!
    Socks look fun! My 12 year old got boots at the Black Friday sales- last pair and her size! PTL!

  20. My grandparents used to put jewelry in my stocking, but I like the oranges and the chocolate best – it reminds me that it’s the little things that matter most – and just how very blessed we are.

  21. what a cute idea!

  22. These socks are SO cute – thinking my granddaughter would love them! Thanks for the tutorial, & the opportunity to win a pair, Joanne!

    The most special thing I ever received in a stocking was probably a gift card to a store at which I really wanted to shop!

    Loving your craft sessions, Joanne! (Glad they aren’t difficult, since I’m not a “master crafter”!) SUCH a sweet idea – sending a hug of thanks to sunny Ca.!

  23. SO CUTE! Joanne, I’d love to win these, that’d be so much easier than me attempting to make them!

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  25. These would be cute for me and my girls !
    Linda

  26. They really make cute gifts for girls! :)

  27. Am I still girl enough at 40 something??

  28. OH YES!! I wrote you above but definitely give you two thumgs up on these :)

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