Ribbon Socks

The following post is a tutorial from my awesomely creative mom.  She has made quite a few of these Ribbon socks for my daughter, and they are so cute!  Pretty soon she will have one for each outfit!

A Special Thank you to Summer over at Sumo's Sweet Stuff

for featuring me on her Showcase Saturday!!
I thought I would share a great, easy and FAST baby gift idea…Ribbon Socks. I have made a bunch for my granddaughter already…and I’m sure I’ll keep making them for her through the toddler years!

Supplies you’ll need:
• A sewing machine
• Thread
• Socks
• Ribbon (not the kind with the wire in it)

I have found that beginning at the back of the sock works best. I use socks that fold down as it highlights the ruffles and gives you more room to work.

Fold the straight cut end of the ribbon under, about ¼ of an inch. Pin this starting point in place at the back of the sock. I usually pin the first inch or so, as you see above. Set your machine for a zig-zag stitch. With my machines, it works best to hold the sock stretched tightly between by thumb and finger.  I start about ¼ of an inch from the end. I then stitch forward about 5 or 6 stitches and then back up to lock it in, and then move forward from there.

As I sew slowly I continue to stretch the sock and make sure the ribbon slightly overlaps the sock.

As I near the starting point, I slow down until I am about one inch from the beginning ribbon. Cut the ribbon about 1/4" to 1/3" longer that you need so that you can tuck the raw edge under. You will see I overlap both the beginning folded ribbon edge just under the ending folded ribbon edge. I sew past the end and back up again to ensure it is really secure. I then pivot the sock and sew the two edges of the ribbon together.

This project works well on solid or printed socks. If you watch the sales or shop the discount places, this is a great, inexpensive, simple and very quick gift that you can personalize. Most socks cost less than $1.25 per pair and you will need less than 2/3rds of a yard of ribbon per pair. I love the $1 bins at Target, Michaels, and Joanns for socks and ribbon!


Isn't that a great project to do for the next baby shower or kids birthday you are attending!  Love it!!
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34 Response to Ribbon Socks

May 5, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Too cute! Stopping by from Santa's Gift Shoppe. I think I will make these for my daughter!
-Mama E

May 5, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Great idea, thanks for sharing!

May 5, 2010 at 6:38 PM

These are absolutely adorable

May 6, 2010 at 8:08 AM

What a great way to liven up plain white socks. I really love this idea and must give it a whirl!

May 7, 2010 at 8:44 AM

I found you on new friend friday and love your blog! You have so many creative ideas! The socks are adorable!

May 7, 2010 at 9:08 AM

I've got 4 girls, so this is something I'm going to have to try!!

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May 7, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Those are super cute!
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May 7, 2010 at 4:27 PM

absolutely delightful! full of charm! Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place when you get a moment. I have become a follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same! until later...

May 8, 2010 at 8:50 PM

TOO cute! Great job! :)

May 10, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Those socks are so cute and what a great idea for a baby girt!

May 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM

oh I love the socks. I just started following your site. Lots of great things.

May 13, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Cute! I make beaded crochet socks all the time. These are precious.

May 14, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Visiting from The Girl Creative... what a fun idea this is!! One of my next projects for sure (even though I have all boys- I have to do girly things for gifts to my niece!) Have a great day and weekend...

May 18, 2010 at 6:36 AM

wow..these are adorable..Your sewing looks perfect!

May 22, 2010 at 4:13 PM

They are adorable... I made some using the same method with lace for my girls when they were little. I love the ribbon idea.

May 26, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Love this look! You did a super job on the tutorial, too!

May 28, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Nice way to pretty up plain socks & make them special. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday!

May 31, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Oh, I so needed this last week! :>) I broke down and bought a new pair of "church socks" for my daughter - something like this would have been prettier, more customizable, and CHEAPER! Ah, well, she'll outgrow them soon enough and need more. I linked to this on my weekly roundup - thanks for sharing!

June 2, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"! This is still on my 'To Do List'!

June 6, 2010 at 7:36 PM
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June 9, 2010 at 12:57 AM

Thanks you for sharing this will come in very handy when we cant find matching socks!

Found you on Sew Can Do!

June 9, 2010 at 1:01 AM

I meant to say that i found you on Creative Itch!

June 11, 2010 at 6:17 AM

Oh, WOW!! These are fabulous!!! I will definitely have to make some for my daughter!

I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


June 13, 2010 at 3:36 PM

These are so cute! I just clicked over from Craft Gossip. I would love to link to this if you didn't mind.

March 17, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I'm going to have to try this. I love it!

March 12, 2014 at 1:33 AM

Too cute! Stopping by from Santa's Gift Shoppe. I think I will make these for my brother...

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