I'm so excited to share this tutorial with you! The creation of these socks was like an "ahaa" moment. I have been trying to think of ways to upcycle sweater sleeves (I already know how to upcycled the body part) that I have left over from previous projects. And then, on a whim I put one of the sleeves on my foot and a light bulb went on in my mind. Sweater sleeve socks!!
They are super easy and fun to make, and they are so cute! Be sure to click "read more" below to see the how-to process.
You will need:
- a pair of sweater sleeves. I had already used the body of the sweater for another project, but if you have a whole sweater, just cut the sleeves off.
- sewing machine or needle and yarn
- marking tool (a pen or soap chip)
- elastic band (3 cm wide)
So, after you've cut off your sleeves you need to put them on your feet. First turn them inside out, then pull them up so that the shoulder will be where you knee is and the ribbed cuff will be covering your toes (as shown in the picture above). Note: I placed the sleeve seam at the side of my foot, because this way it was the least visible and the most comfortable.
Mark the toe curve on the sleeve and sew the end of the sleeve shut (pink markings on the picture above). You can do this by hand using a needle and some matching yarn, or with a sewing machine using a wide zig-zag stitch, or with your serger/overlocker.
This is how my toe area looked after sewing. My serger cuts the excess material as I'm sewing, but if you're using your regular machine or doing this by hand, you'll need to cut the excess and trim the edges.
Now to the top of the socks. First, you'll need to decide how long you want you socks to be. I decided to make them knee high. Mark the length, add about 6 cm for the elastic tunnel and seam allowance and cut (pink markings on the photo above).
Measure two strips of elastic making sure they are just tight enough at the hight where your sock ends. So, for instance, I measured the length of the elastic just below my knee. Sew the ends of the elastic together, forming two elastic circles.
Put the elastic circles around each sock (it being still inside out). Turn the end of the sock over the elastic, making sure you have enough seam allowance to make the final seam just below the elastic (pink markings on the photo above).
Sew the tunnel shut by hand or using the wide zig-zag stitch on you sewing machine. I actually used my new cover stitch machine just because I really need the practice. There you have it! New super warm, fuzzy and cute socks!
As always, let me know in the comments what you think, if you have any questions, or just want to say Hi!