Monday, January 17, 2011

embellished socks

I have a bit of an obsession with boots- short, tall, vintage, black, brown- I just can't seem to get enough of them! And when you have a huge boot collection you gotta have cute socks to wear.

Recently, I decided to start embellishing my socks for a little extra whimsy and fun.

Knee high socks are a must when wearing boots and Target has the best deal in town! $2.00 for a pair and a variety of colors and patterns to choose from.

You can use just about anything to embellish socks- scraps of fabric, beads, embroidery, tassels- I chose to use variety of lace and ribbons for frilly and feminine socks.

There are also a number of ways to attach your embellishments- with a needle and thread, sewing machine, hot glue or fabric glue. I used Aileene's Fabric Fusion- a durable, washable fabric glue- such a great product to use when you don't want to sew!

The trick to embellishing knee high socks is to make sure to have them stretched to the size of the widest part of your calf. I recommend using something to keep the top of the sock stretched- THIS IS IMPORTANT!

I used a rolled up magazine that was a little larger than the size of my calf. You could also use a glass, a large jar, a poster tube- pretty much anything that is similar to the size of your leg.

Apply the glue the back of lace and press onto the surface of the sock. Wrap the lace around the top of the sock, pinning it to the surface as you go.

Let the glue dry.


Wear with knee hight boots, letting the lace peek out of the top :)

You could also use fun ribbon and create cute bows!


You could even try using scraps of ribbon, lace and fabric to create roses- yes, once again I am using fabric roses in another project!

Glue the roses to the tops of the socks .

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and let the roses peek over the top of your boots.

There are lots of variations for embellishing sock- have fun creating your own pair that are totally unique and totally you!



Bee Yourself Fabrics said...

Cute! I especially like the last one with the roses!

Irēna said...

this is so nice!!

Unknown said...

love! love! love them!!
can't understand why there are still these old socks at my feet...
have to change this...

i'm linking to your post. i hope you don't mind.

thanks for this great idea.

doro K.

Frl. Monk said...

i love it
i love it
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is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
so pretty..
i love all the socks

kisses Moni

Single Stone Studios said...

Too. much. FUN. I especially like the roses :)

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

love love love them peaking out of the top of your boots like that!!! The lace AND the rosettes! Fabulous fabulous idea!!!

Lori P said...

This is just adorable - especially with the boots!

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Ariadne said...

So beautiful.I always wear boots but not high socks like these,I should give them a try!AriadnefromGreece!

Denise said...

Love the lace peeking out of the top of the boot and the last one with all the roses. Thank you for the inspiration

pigwidget said...

I love those fabric rose embellished ones - very fancy! And I agree: long socks are a must with winter boots :)

Teddi said...

at first i thought no way in whatever, but you did some really cute stuff. oh creative one.

Aurora said...

This is so awesome! I was just going to start doing the same thing for my daughter, but didn't think about it for me! AND I just bought my first pair of knee high boots!

LindseyB said...

where did you get your leather chestnut boots??

Darcy Marshall said...

love them, I wear long socks and boots a lot. I will def have to try this. Just before xmas I made your 'roses on an elastic hairband' It turned out great and I wore it for xmas day and also for my sons graduation ceremony.

Joel (UrbanExpo AKA Expo) said...

My wife would love these. I may have to makem myself or give her the tutorial. Great post and great socks.


Samie said...

Oh my goodness! The lace over the top of the boots is adorable!! And the flowers! I think I know what I'm making this weekend! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

EDONAdesigns said...

Love your socks! LOVE your style!!!!! I can't wait to take your sketch class. Seriously... is it Feb 7 yet???? Thank you for sharing your talent and all the wonderful things you do!

Laura said...

Your ideas are incredible!
I do love the socks with the roses!
Thank you for your work.

Brittani Blue said...

I can't get enough of the lace ones! I'll add that to my list to make. It's about number 50.

jwilsonhess said...

oh yes I am off to by socks-- I love the ones with the roses. Great idea.

Angela said...

I have to do this!! And I have those same boots in the last photo. Love them. :)

nolaa gallery said...

alisa, I have those socks and am now getting more to play with! One big question,I LOVE YOUR BOOTS! where are those from? said...

Those are so much fun! The roses are my fav. Thanks so much Alisa, I'll be linking.

Cathy said...

So inspirational! Thank you - and yes, where do you get your boots? Especially that last suede pair - love!

Suzanne Shenkman Designs said...

This is fabulous and I happen to have those awesome gray suede boots (from Target and they are super quality). Can't wait to try it out!

thezenofmaking said...

Nice! This post makes me wonder why I haven't been adding lace to my own socks all along. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Rachel said...

Oooh, love the roses!
My socks are just calling out for embellishment now :-)

Shay said...

Where oh where did you get those boots in the last picture?!? I LOVE the roses on the socks, too!! ;) Great ideas...

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Unknown said...

WoW!!! Love it so so so Beautiful all socks.
The Knee High Strip Socks are also attractive. Good work.


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