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I don’t know about you, but when the cooler weather sets in and the leaves begin to change I know that it is boot wearing season! I pull out my skinny jeans, long sleeve shirts and boot socks.
That fun accessory that dresses up your riding boots to give them just a bit more personality. They can be of any color, texture, lace, no lace, buttons or bows. But my boot socks are not full boot ‘socks’ and I did not pay full price for them. Here is my technique for making a set of DIY boot socks for less than half the price of what you would find at a retailer. There is an option of those of you who have a setting machine and an option for those of you who are prefer a no sew option. Something for everyone!
Long Sleeve Sweater. I found mine for $4 at the local Goodwill. But you may already have a sweater in your drawer that hasn’t seen the light of day in a while that might fit this purpose. Just be sure that the cuff will be able to stretch over your calf.
Scissors. Fabric scissors are best. Trust me when I say the kids safety scissors will not do the job this time.
Fray Block. **This is for you no sew people** Something that will help the threads from coming unraveled. Be sure that it will not dissolve when washed.
Thread. I went with a cotton thread that matched the sweaters.
Lace. (optional) 1 yard. I measured around my calves and added about 4 inches. I will explain why later.
Let’s Get Started!
Lay out the arm of the sweater and cut it off just below the armpit of the sweater.
I made my cut parallel to the sleeve. No real reason other that I was going for straight lines. If you are shorter than a super model, here is where you may make a height adjustment to your book sock. Measure from where you want to top of your sock to hit you above your boot, down to where you want it to end IN you boot. Take that measurement and transfer it the sleeve, starting at the cuff of the sweater.
Use your freshly cut sleeve as a template for your second sleeve on the sweater.
Cut a straight line.
Here is the part that is up to you.
If you don’t mind a bit of unraveling, stop here. You are done!
If you like things a bit more neat, and you want a no-sew option, use your fray block to coat the cut edge of the sleeve. Follow the manufactures instructions and allow to dry fully.
If you are looking for the sweeping option, use a zig-zag stitch to keep the edges from unraveling. I use a zig-zag stitch so that there is still some give to the material.
If you are sewing on lace, I suggest stretching the sleeve as you sew on the lace with a zig-zag stitch. If you used a straight stitch it will not have the give that you may need to get the boot sock over your calf and knee.
An added detail is to leave enough extra lace on the cut side that the lace is able to be folded back onto itself as it is sewn into place.
Using the same zig-zag stitch, sew the folded edges flat.
You are done!
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