Make your own knee-high stockings with this simple sock sewing pattern. Learn to make your own sewing patterns with this step by step guide
On cold nights, there’s nothing quite like thigh high knit stockings, a cup of chamomile tea and a good book. Right?
I love wearing them 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 tutorial, we’re going to make our own thigh high sock sewing pattern from scratch!
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 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
- Old 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.
If you want to adjust the length of your DIY socks, 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.
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, placing them near the edge of one side like pictured.
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 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, you can use a zig-zag stitch on a basic sewing machine as well.
The extra “give” created with a zig-zag stitch will give your fabric the ability to stretch and move without popping your seams. Just be sure to use a narrow zig-zag stitch for extra comfort.
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 and how you can customize the fit and style to be exactly the image in your imagination. Plus, you can coordinate colors, textures, and prints to enhance your style and personality.
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