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...
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!
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