Learn to make your own sock sewing pattern with this free guide rated good for any skill level. Make your own knee-high stockings with this simple free sewing pattern.
On long winter nights, there’s nothing quite like and old t-shirt, thigh high knit stockings, a cup of chamomile tea and a good book. Right?
I love wearing knee highs with booty shorts for sexier, yet still warm winter PJs or with my DIY suede circle skirt and knee-high boots during the day. Either way, they never seem to go out of style and always elevate a look. So, in today’s free tutorial, we’re going to make our own thigh high sock sewing pattern from scratch! Follow these step-by-step instructions.
You will be shocked at how easy this really is to make your own sock sewing pattern. I’ll walk you through each step and even show you where to buy the exact fabrics and tools I’ll be using.
The best part? You’ll be using your favorite socks to create a simple sock sewing pattern that fits your own foot size perfectly and can be used again and again to create an entire drawer full of perfectly-custom DIY stockings.
Before you begin to freak out about creating your own sewing patterns, know that this project is great if you are just getting started sewing and only takes about 30 min.
Supplies To Make Knee High Stockings
- 42″ of four-way-stretch Black Jersey Fabric
- Dressmaker Pins
- Sewing Shears
- Basic Serger – I use this one and it’s on sale right now!
- 4 Cones of Black Sewing Thread
- Your own old pair of socks that fit well
How To Make Your Own DIY Sock Sewing Pattern
First, take your black stretch fabric and cut 2 pieces to be 8″ wide by 42″ long.
How do you adjust the length of your DIY socks? Just measure from the tip of your toes to where you’d like the top of your stockings to land. Add 1/2″ to sew. Since I wanted mine to be long and dramatic, I made them 42″ long, but you can decide how long you want yours. To make a standard sock sewing pattern, you may want it to be around 12″ long instead.
The next step is to fold your fabric in half, hot dog style and pin into place with dressmaker pins. Personally, I like dressmaker pins more because they are longer and easier to manage.
Next, lay your old socks over the rectangle, by placing them near the edge of one side like pictured.
Here’s where you use your own socks to create pattern pieces. Use shears to trim around the end of the rectangle to mimic your sock’s shape. Pin into place.
To finish your thigh high knit stockings, just sew all the way around from the top of your rectangle down the side seams until you close up the toes. I love the finished seams that come from using a serger, but if you don’t have one on hand, thats okay! You can use a zig-zag stitch instead of a straight stitch on a basic sewing machine as well.
The extra “give” created with a zig-zag stitch will give your stretchy fabric the ability to stretch even more and move without popping your seams. Just be sure to use a narrow zig-zag stitch for extra comfort.
Try Them On
Now slide your socks on and see how they fit. This is always the most rewarding part for me. I love the satisfaction of creating your own handmade wardrobe in your favorite colors. It makes it so easy to customize the fit and style in a fun way to be exactly the image in your imagination. With this pattern it makes it so easy to sew your next pair of socks just how you like. You can coordinate colors, textures, and prints to enhance your style and personality via your own handmade socks. Plus, you can make these in a great fit for the whole family to your heart’s content since this pattern establishes an easy way to your own size chart! What a great way to be creative, and creativity is always a great thing. Happy sewing!
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