Sunday, 7 October 2012

DIY: Lace trimmed socks

It is always the little details that make an outfit. Flowers in your hair, the jewellery you wear or the cute little lace trimmed socks on your dainty little feet.

Lace socks are amazing but weirdly expensive. American Apparel sell them for $14. This is just crazy to me so I thought I'd put together a ridiculously easy DIY where they'll cost you about $2-3 and take maybe 10 minutes to make. Sounds pretty good, right?!


Ok, so you're going to want to start with all this (cat, optional):

  • socks (I used ankle socks but you could literally use any!)
  • pins
  • thread
  • lace (for one pair you'll only need about 14 inches)
  • sewing machine (or needle and thread).

1. Take the lace and measure it around the widest part of your foot. It should go around your heel and up across the front of your foot. Cut two pieces of lace to this same measurement.


2. Take each piece of lace and form a continuous loop by folding one end over the other and adding a few stiches to secure. 


3. Now this part is easy to do but difficult to explain. Take the lace loop and a sock and put one pin in the back of the sock just under the ribbing (the gathered top). Then put another pin at the front so the lace is equally distributed around the sock when stretched. Another two pins at the quarter points (so between the other two pins). Each sock should now have for pins on it with the lace positioned to sew.


4. Now you're ready to sew! All you need to do is just one line attaching the lace to the sock - easy! Make sure you pull the sock as you sew so that the lace bunches up when it's finished. I found it helpful to put the sock over the base of my sewing machine (I removed the front section) that way you don't have to worry about pulling the sock as much while you sew. 


5. Repeat with the other sock and now you have a beautiful pair of amazing socks!


And now, if you're crazy like me you'll go on to make another four pairs and wear them for the rest of your life!



  1. I love these, need to try make them! Are you not scared of your cat near the pins? Whenever I turn away from my pin cushion Lana will have a pin hanging out her mouth and it scares me so much!


    1. They are so easy to make you'll have to have a go! That's exactly was Gus was doing! I was trying to sit her away from them but everytime I took a photo she just jumped back in the frame! Haha cats can get away with anything with me though x

  2. Eeep I was just thinking about trying to figure out how to do this when I discovered this tutorial! Thank you for sharing :D

    1. So glad you found it useful! It's one of those things that are just kind of tricky to get your head around but are actually really simple to do! x

  3. I just stumbled across this on google images and thought they were super cute! I'm going to have to try this! I might try some knee high socks too. Thanks so much for putting the tutorial online, it'll be really useful! X

    1. Knee highs would look amazing! <3

  4. Random question and I know this post is old.. but I just discovered your awesomeness and I was curious, is it elastic lace?

    1. Probably should have noted that! I just used regular lace that wasn't elasticated! It's a lot cheaper and actually works easier in my opinion :)