How to Make Chair Socks

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Brightly colored socks look as good on chairs as they do on feet.
Brightly colored socks look as good on chairs as they do on feet. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Chair socks are not your ordinary chair leg protector. However, they work well in protecting your wood floor from scratches if you only use the chairs lightly. You can personalize the socks to match different family members or make them all to match. The thicker the sock material, the better and more long-lasting chair sock you will get. Actual socks work well for this project or you can use any stretchy material like sweatshirt cloth, or sweaters or anything that is near the thickness of sock material.

Things You'll Need

  • Socks
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

Obtain socks in a design that you like; maybe they will be brightly colored cotton socks or white socks with a red toe. Since manufacturers form the bottom of most socks to fit over a foot, choose calf socks with designs or colors on the upper part.

Measure the circumference around the chair leg. Since you want the sock to stretch over the chair leg, reduce the measurement by 1/2 inch. This is the width of your chair sock and you can choose how long of a sock you want.

Cut the socks the length of your desired measurement, starting from the top of the sock and measuring down. Cut straight across the sock. Open the sock by cutting straight up one side. Measure the width of the sock material. Divide that measurement by the diameter of your chair leg to figure out how many chair socks you can cut from one sock, and use scissors to cut out the sections.

Fold each section in half with the right sides together. Sew a 1/4-inch seam with a small stitch, starting at the bottom inside corner, across the bottom and then up the side. Knot the threads and trim them neatly.

Turn the socks back right side out and slide over the chair legs.

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