An adult friend of mine was sitting next to me at church and I noticed her socks peeking out of the top of her boots. I asked where she got them, and she said she’d gotten them at a cute little shop and had paid waaaay too much for them. Since she’s a really good friend, I asked if she minded if I touched them. I was curious about what made these socks so pricey. They were just plain knee socks with a little embellishment – some lacy trim around the top and a few buttons on the side.
I have nine grandchildren, and six of them are girls. I thought this would be a cute gift for them, and since this year my goal is for 90% of my gifts to be homemade, I thought it would qualify if I could find the socks and do the rest myself.
I was fortunate enough to find the socks at the 99 Cent Store! I found the trim at Hobby Lobby, and I had the buttons at home. I figure I’ve got less than $1.20 in each pair, and it was something I could easily do while watching tv in the evening. I didn’t have to buy special thread – I just stretched the sock as I attached the trim. That’s what makes the trim look gathered, and also allows you to get your foot inside without tearing the thread.
Here’s what I made for the little girls – ages 7 and 10. They are sisters and I’m guessing they will be sharing, so I got three different colors.
I made these for the bigger girls. I like it that the buttons don’t match because it makes them look more homemade.
I have a granddaughter who is gaga over mustaches. Her friend, Kelly, spends so much time with her that she calls me “Grandma,” too, so I made them each a pair. I couldn’t do the mustache like I did the lacy trim because the trim is really a flat twill tape, so I came up with this idea. The mustache and buttons are on the outside of the sock.
My own kids used to groan when their grandma bought them socks and underwear for Christmas, but after they grew up and had to buy their own, they began to appreciate it. I don’t think my granddaughters will complain about these at all! What do you think?