Monday, 13 February 2012

Welly Socks

I've been meaning to get some warm welly socks for my kids since October. They have warm-ish socks, but none to really keep their feet warm when it's freezing outside. So, a couple days ago I had an itch to stitch, some left over fleece from Halloween costumes, and was inspired by the snow we had last Thursday night. I took last year's pair of welly socks and somehow managed to make a new pair that fits my little girl. I guessed my way through the process and recorded my work along the way so that I could make another pair for my little guy if this one was successful. Here's how I did it.

1. I measured EV's foot and made a rectangly ovally shape for the sock foot.
2. I traced the welly boot to get the width of the top of the sock.
3. I determined the length of the sock top front by adding the desired boot height + 2/3 length of sock foot (including seam allowance). For the top sock back I added the desired boot height + 1/3 length of sock foot (including seam allowance).
4. I placed the foot pattern onto the outline of the welly boot and traced the corners so they would match up. I traced the sock top front to match the toes and the sock top back to match the heel.
Note: On each pattern piece, I added 1 inch total to the dimensions for seam allowance.

5. I cut a cuff according to the width of the boot front + back and added 1/2 inch seam allowance. I decided how high I wanted the cuff to be and added 1 inch seam allowance. Mine will be about two inches when it's finished.

Recap: 1 cuff pattern; 1 Sock Top Back; 1 Sock Foot; 1 Sock Top Front
6. With my fabric right sides together, I placed the patterns.

Then quiet time was over, so I took a break from the socks and skyped with Aunt Mary, re-enacted Cinderella, made dinner, ate dinner, put kids to bed. Back to the socks...

 7. I cut out my fabric - two of each for two welly socks.

8. I pinned the sock top front to the sock top back. I marked where to stop sewing with a green pin in order to leave the length of the sock foot at the end of the sock top. Does this even make sense? Hopefully the pictures will help.

9. Here's what they looked like after I sewed them. I stitched about 1/4 inch seam.

 10. I pinned the sock bottom to the top.

11. I stitched the bottom to the top front and back, making sure to stop stitching right where the top met the bottom. 

12. I folded the cuff so that short ends met, right sides together. Sewed.
13. Next, I folded wrong sides together lengthwise, pinned raw edge to top edge of sock, making sure to line up the side seam. Sewed.
14. I turned the cuff up and the socks were finished!

If you make one, I'd love to see it!
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  1. Oh! Those are just too cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, and thanks for linking up to Terrific Tuesdays.

  2. Making these asap, I made some for my son, but these are better and I need some for myself!

  3. These are so cute! I haven't had my sewing machine out in a while and I think I need to try these out. My boys would love them!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the Mingle With Us Blog Hop and for stopping by my blog. I am following you back. :)

  4. These are great! Welly socks are such a brilliant idea because feet always freeze when wearing wellies in the snow! Thanks for the tutorial! Form your newest follower :)

  5. These are wonderful!! I have a hard time keeping my kids in boots and the wellies are cheaper than buying the snow boots. This will be a great way to keep their feet and mine warm this winter. That is if we ever get snow here in Arkansas. It is 12/3 and supposed to be in the 70s today. Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea!!


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