DIY Easily Paired Socks

February 16, 2017Allison Murray
I hate wearing one new sock with one that is well worn and almost threadbare in the heel. By easily pairing socks like this they will always match!

I hate wearing one new sock with one that is well worn and almost threadbare in the heel. By easily pairing socks like this they will always match!

I am so particular about things even though I really, really try not to be. My Mimmie keeps telling me that I need to learn to let the little stuff go. When I hold on to the idea that everything must be my version of perfect I only stress myself out and make myself sick. “So what if you don’t scrub the baseboards weekly anymore”, she asks? “Nobody has died because of it.” But then here I am sharing a tutorial because I am very particular about my socks and I want them to be perfectly my way :)

You see I hate, hate, HATE when I can’t find socks to pair up that match. You know the drill you wash socks and you’re matching those puppies up and you inevitably wind up making a pair with one sock that is pretty dang new with a nice, cushioned heel with another sock that is threadbare on the heel and a little uncomfortable but still wearable so you totally hang on to it.

Now I’m going to tell you a dirty little secret… This whole pairing socks up business drives me nuts to the point that I buy new socks ALL of the time. There is an entire laundry basket full of socks just waiting to be matched up in my bedroom that I just pulled down being hidden at the top of my closet so I can finally deal with the whole mess. I really, really hate matching socks because I can never seem to find 2 with even wear to match up. It’s equally parts frustrating and ridiculous for me!

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So I’ve decided that every time I get a new package of socks, ahem, every 2 or 3 weeks or so, I’m going to make them easier to match up so that they wear evenly and I can pair them up like bing, bang, boom. Plus I get to stash bust a whole heck of a lot of HTV scraps I’ve collected over the years.

I hate wearing one new sock with one that is well worn and almost threadbare in the heel. By easily pairing socks like this they will always match!

Socks are stretchy and I’m using scraps of Siser Easyweed which is a little stretchy but not enough when you’re pulling and twisting your socks on the right way. I have had more than a few of my little designs rip right in two while I’m putting the socks on. For me, this is NOT a big deal because this is more about function than form BUT if you’re concerned about the designs getting messed up you have 2 options. 1 – purchase stretchable vinyl like this Expressions Vinyl Stretch Heat Transfer Sheets. 2 – make smaller designs so that they won’t need to stretch as much. <– I like this option because it helps you get rid of those random scraps that start to add up over time.

For this project you will need:

I hate wearing one new sock with one that is well worn and almost threadbare in the heel. By easily pairing socks like this they will always match!

Since I’ve gotten my Silhouette Cameo I’ve found that I absolutely love dingbat fonts. These are fonts that are made out of graphics or symbols rather than letters, numbers and punctuation. I wanted the things on the bottoms of my socks to be easily distinguishable rather than having an A in 4 different fonts and then having to side by side compare the socks to make sure I was pairing the right fonts together. I wound up using the font called efon from dafont.com. It has cute kitty faces, television sets with faces, eggs in frying pans and a whole lot of cuteness. 

Place your HTV scraps neatly onto the grid of a cutting mat making sure the clear plastic top sheet is against the sheet’s adhesive. Place the blue protective sheet over everything and flip your mat over. Using the grid as a guide find out where you can put your cut lines so that you will hit the HTV scrap.

I hate wearing one new sock with one that is well worn and almost threadbare in the heel. By easily pairing socks like this they will always match!

Cut out your shapes and weed around each.

I hate wearing one new sock with one that is well worn and almost threadbare in the heel. By easily pairing socks like this they will always match!

Place the HTV onto the bottom of the sock in between the heel and toe area. If you want to picture to be right side up when your feet are propped up on an ottoman, or whatever, be sure to have the bottom of the design nearer the heel and the top nearer the toe.

I hate wearing one new sock with one that is well worn and almost threadbare in the heel. By easily pairing socks like this they will always match!

Set the vinyl onto the socks with a hot iron until the clear plastic top easily peels away from the design.

I hate wearing one new sock with one that is well worn and almost threadbare in the heel. By easily pairing socks like this they will always match!

Right now I have a flippin’ ton of socks with little green designs on them because I had a TON of green scraps! I guess I’m all set for St. Patrick’s Day, though :)

I hate wearing one new sock with one that is well worn and almost threadbare in the heel. By easily pairing socks like this they will always match!

Unfortunately I can’t say that this little project is going to keep socks from mysteriously disappearing in the washing machine :) But at least when you find it in the back of the linen closet in the guest bathroom that nobody ever goes into in a year and a half later you’ll sure as heck know which sock was its mate! 

I hate wearing one new sock with one that is well worn and almost threadbare in the heel. By easily pairing socks like this they will always match!

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Comments (3)

  • Pat Schwab

    February 17, 2017 at 12:25 AM

    Allison, This is a fun idea. It would drive me crazy to wear a pair of socks that didn’t match. My one daughter used to not care and wore whatever came out and mixed patterns. lol

  • Jen

    February 21, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Brilliant! This will save me so much headache with my son’s vs husband’s socks, which look exactly the same but are one size different. Currently I’m marking the husband’s socks with a sharpie, but that fades surprisingly fast after multiple washes. I’ll be purchasing some vinyl this weekend!

  • Mike

    March 21, 2017 at 8:42 PM

    Hahaha, yeah, I’m sort of like that too Allison. My socks have to match as well, but my reasons for this are different. I can’t stand it when one sock is lower than the other. I can’t say why, but this bothers me so much. But even more than that, I hate it when the elastic band on the top of the sock wears out and they’re constantly slipping down your leg; aauugggh!! They MUST be pulled up all the way!!
    And if I can’t keep them from slipping, into the trash bin they go and it’s “hello” to a new pair.

    And I’m so particular about my laundry (it must always be clean, which is why I do it 3-4 times a week, no joke) that I never really have to worry too much about lost socks or other articles of clothing for that matter. But pairing them up is a pain…

    But your idea here with the HTV scraps is prodigious! That’s certainly one way to help keep socks together. Sure beats trying to mark them with a marker! :)

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