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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Free Tutorial Tuesday: Callie's Lace Socks

When we were making our most recent free pattern for we wanted it to be a school-girl theme just in time for back-to-school. What goes better with a school girl skirt than cute little knee-high socks? But if you know us, regular 'ole knee-high socks were not gonna do, so what's a girl to do? Of course, we put our CKC twist on them, and made them lace knee-high socks. The only problem was, we weren't gonna spend $28 on a pair of socks, so naturally, we decided to figure out how make them ourselves! And this is what we came up with....

When I finished these socks I did a little happy dance because it actually worked--yes, we doubt our abilities sometimes and surprise ourselves often! With fall coming up we *know* these socks are gonna be a huge hit as we have seen these socks selling at high-end children's boutiques for mega $$$. They are fun to personalize as well, add a little satin bow and pair with some dressy boots and you have a whole new look! Oh, the possibilities!
So here is our newest tutorial:

Callie's Lace Socks 

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Materials Needed:
  • Knee High Socks (we used these)
  • Gathered Lace
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine

Step 1: Stretch the top of the sock till you can't stretch it anymore and measure. Multiply the width by 2. This is how wide we need to cut our 2 lace strips. For example, we were able to stretch our socks to 7" so we cut our lace at 14" wide. Cut one lace strip for each sock.

Step 2: Take one lace strip and fold in half width-wise with the right sides together. Sew down the side so we have a continuous loop. Repeat with the second piece of lace.

Step 3: Take one lace loop and pin it to the sock about 1/4" down from the top so the wrong sides of the lace touch the right sides of the sock.. Make sure to line the laces seam up with the back of the sock so it will not be visible from the front of the outfit. You will need to stretch the sock out to its complete width as you pin in on. 

Step 4: Attach the lace to the sock by sewing 1/8" down from the top of the lace. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the row. If you are having trouble getting the fabric to move through, you can lengthen the stitch a little bit. 

That's it! You're done! Unless you want to go a little crazy and add a second row of lace like we did!

In order to acheive this look, sew the first row of lace on 1/2"-1" (depending on the sizes of lace you are using) from the top of the sock and sew the second (top) row on following the directions above!

We couldn't have been happier with how these socks turned out and we hope you love them as much as we do! Please remember to share with us whatever you make using this free tutorial on our Facebook page. We really do enjoy seeing all of your creations! 

Happy Sewing!
Shannon and Tiffany

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