How to Make Socks From Fabric

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure

  • Cardboard

  • Pen

  • Scissors

  • Fabric

  • Chalk

  • Straight pins

  • Needle

  • Thread

Socks come in a variety of lengths and colors. A crazy, wild-colored pair of socks adds style and individuality to an otherwise boring work outfit. Others prefer the functionality or look of regular white, cotton tube socks. Athletic socks or cotton anklets provide more support than nylon or thin dress socks. A toe sock encases each toe individually, similar to a glove, making it easier to wear socks with thong sandals. Manufacturers offer socks with ruffles, beads and other sparkles. No matter what their personal tastes are, people can purchase socks or make their own using a variety of fabrics.


Step 1

Measure from the tip of the longest toe up to the heel, mid-calf or knee, depending on desired sock length, with the tape measure.

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Step 2

Place the cardboard on a flat surface. Mark the sock length on the cardboard using the tape measure and pen.

Step 3

Measure the circumference of the ankle and calf, if necessary. Divide each measurement by two. Mark the measurements on the cardboard with the pen. This will be the width of the socks.

Step 4

Cut the cardboard sock pattern out with the scissors, using the pen marks as a guide.


Step 5

Put the fabric on a flat surface. Fold it in half. For patterned fabric, make sure the pattern side is not showing. The sock fabric should look inside out at this time.

Step 6

Line up the pattern along the fabric hold. Pin the pattern to the fabric using the straight pins.


Step 7

Trace the pattern on the fabric with the chalk. Remove the pins and the pattern.

Step 8

Cut the fabric using the chalk outline as guide. Set the cutout aside.

Step 9

Thread the needle with the chosen thread. Tie a knot at the end of the thread.


Step 10

Sew the side and toe of the sock pattern closed with the needle and thread. Leave the top of sock open. Turn the sock inside out.

Step 11

Repeat the process to make the second sock.


Choose stretchy fabrics. These fabrics make the most comfortable socks. Purchase the appropriate sock pattern from sewing or craft store. Stores offer patterns that cater to beginners as well as more advanced patterns that included use of textures and embellishments like lace, cables and ribbing. Sew socks by hand or use a sewing machine, if available.


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