Introduction

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Four Different Styles

We cleaned out our closets and turned our unwanted T-shirts into new boot socks. We embellished them with buttons, lace, sequins and bows. They’re fun and easy to make, and if you use what you’ve already got in your sewing box, they won’t cost you a penny. We have instructions to make four different styles.

Step 1

Button Socks

For this style boot sock, you will need two or four buttons, a needle and thread. Use scissors to cut off the sleeves just beneath the armpit curve area. The old sleeve’s hem is now the top of your sock. Use a needle and thread to sew buttons onto the top of the sock. Repeat on each sock for however many buttons are desired.

It’s as simple as that — you're finished. Simply slip sock on over your calf, slip on boot and enjoy.

Step 2

Bow-Tie Socks: Make the Bow

To add bow ties to your boot socks, you will need some secondary scrap material to create the bows. Cut the scrap material into four rectangles: two at 3” x 5” and two at 2” x 3”. Fold all of the scrap fabric rectangles in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew along outer edge.

Attach a safety pin to one end, turn the fabric right-side out by slipping the safety pin through the tube. The sewn seam should now be inside the fabric tube. Repeat for all rectangle scrap knit fabric tubes. Press fabric tubes so that the seam is on the back center.

On one of the longer fabric tubes, fold one end up toward the back center. Repeat for other side, so that both ends now meet in the middle, and the back seam is enclosed. Overlap the edges slightly. Sew a line down the center of the overlapped ends, hand-stitch or use a straight stitch on a sewing machine.

Step 3

Bow-Tie Socks: Attach Bow

Use scissors to cut off the sleeves just beneath the armpit curve area. Repeat for both sleeves.

Take one of the shorter fabric tubes and place it perpendicular over the center of the overlapped fabric tube, covering up the line that was just sewn. The back seam should be face down. Fold over the top edge and hold it in place in the back. Fold over the bottom edge so that it covers the top edge already held in place, and come up over the top of the bow. Make sure the fold over is nice and tight.

Pin the bow to sock around the edges of the bow's center. Fold over the raw edge of the bow strip to the inside of the top of the boot sock (the old arm sleeve hem). Pin in place. Sew around the middle of the bow and top edge (where you pinned) with a long straight stitch to secure in place. Repeat for other fabric tubes and boot sock.

Step 4

Tie-Dye Sequins Socks

You will need some elastic trim for this style. Lace, sequins and ribbon are all notions that can be found with stretch in them. To see if your notion has stretch, simply pull to the left and right; if it stretches like elastic then it is a stretch trim.

Use scissors to cut off the sleeves just beneath the armpit curve area. Repeat for both sleeves.

Measure around your upper calf. Subtract one inch from that measurement. You want the sock to stay up when it is around your leg, but not be too snug where it is uncomfortable. Cut the stretch trim to size based on your prior measurement. Cut two strips, one for each sock.

Pin the edge of the stretch trim to the back seam of the sleeve, one inch away from the sleeve’s hem. Pull the stretch trim all the way around to the other side, and pin the other edge to the opposite seam. (You have just made a circle around the top of your sock with the stretch trim.) 

Use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to attach the stretch trim to the sock. If the trim is wide, do one stitch along the top and another along the bottom. Make sure to pull the trim as you sew; if you do not, you may not be able to pull the sock onto your leg because it will be too tight.

Repeat for other sock and you are finished. Simply slip sock on over your calf, slip on boot and enjoy.

Step 5

Lace Boot Socks: Create Lace Trim

To make this style, you will need 1/4” elastic, as well as lace or ruffle trim. Use scissors to cut off the T-shirt sleeves just beneath the armpit curve area. Repeat for both sleeves.

Measure around the top of your calf with the lace. Add seven to eight inches to that measurement and then cut two lace strips to that size.

Cut two strips of 1/4” elastic the same length as the circumference of the sleeve’s hem. 

Pin the elastic to the underside of the lace or ruffle trim. The elastic will be much shorter than the trim - so pin on the side edges, as well as in the middle.

Use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to sew the elastic onto the lace or ruffle trim. Stretch the elastic as you go to match the length of the trim. Be sure to occasionally catch the elastic in your sewing needle as you are sewing to ensure that it stays in place.

Step 6

Lace Boot Socks: Attach Trim

Pin the edge of the lace or ruffle trim to the back seam of the sleeve, one inch away from the sleeve’s hem. Pull lace or ruffle trim all the way around to the other side, and pin the other edge to the opposite seam. (You have just made a circle around the top of your sock with the trim.)

Use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to attach the lace or ruffle trim onto the top of the sock, stretching as you go.

You can also add other embellishments like buttons, additional sequins or another row of lace.