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!
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.
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:
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.
Cut out your shapes and weed around each.
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.
Set the vinyl onto the socks with a hot iron until the clear plastic top easily peels away from the design.
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 :)
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!