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Missing a sock? Turn the other one it a WRISTBAND!
So I invented these last summer when I decided to test out one of my random theories. I have an extreme love for wristbands, but I seriously don't understand why they sell for $5 to $7 dollars in stores like Hot Topic. So I only bought them when they finally went on sale for $1 or sometimes $2. Well one day i was looking at this huge pile of pairless socks I had and realized socks have a similar texture to wristbands. So with that I started crafting with blue sock because I REALLY wanted a Cookie Monster wristband to match my t-shirt. So with my AWESOME skillz I succeeded and then started a new obsession XD

Since I realized I have yet to share my original sewing talent on here, and have been only showing my pseudo eco-carpentering [hahaha]I took this to be a nice break from it all. Please enjoy!

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  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 1
    Step 1

    Step 1

    Choose your sock! Preferably an average to long sock.

    Don't worry though I'm teaching you how to do this with both parts of the sock! So you can still make one with a crew, for this you would use cut method 2.

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 2
    Step 2

    Step 2

    Decipher the elasticity of the sock and decide which texture you want of the sock.

    My Cookie Monster band had been made with the leg portion of blue sock on the right.
    [This is a good project if you want to make your long songs into crew!]

    The Elmo band was made with the foot portion of the red sock.
    -This was because the leg portion wasn't good for circulation :[-

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 3
    Step 3

    Step 2-1: Testing the Elasticity

    Test the sock on your hand to determine the elasticity of the sock

    You want it to fit comfortably in order to avoid the cutting off of circulation like the store bought ones do [I HATE when they do that]

    Make sure to also test out the max stretch of the sock. If you ever wash (or sometimes sweat makes this happen as well)the sock may loosen and will stretch out.

    Not to worry though! This is an easy fix as you can just make and cut and fit it to your arm.

    [I learned this with Cookie Monster, but I didn't mind it being stretched. However, when I made the Hello Kitty band I cut it to fit my wrist perfectly prior to decorating it so it wouldn't do the same]

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 4
    Step 4

    Step 2-2: Determining Texture

    Each sock contains a pair of wristbands, but the two part of the sock usually consist of different patterns and textures. BOTH portions mimic those of store brand wristbands [see examples in the next 2 boxes]

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 5
    Step 5

    Step 2-2A: Determining Texture

    A wristband made out of the leg portion will have a similar texture as what I call the default common wristband.

    HOWEVER it does not have the same circulation cutting effect! It's in fact VERY comfy.

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 6
    Step 6

    Step 2-2B: Determining Texture

    A wristband made of the foot portion has a similar texture to the more flimsy wristbands. This is an example of the flimsier consistency. It;s also much more adjustable

    It also shouldn't give you circulation problems.

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 7
    Step 7

    Step 3

    Now you should have decided what texture you want.

    Gather your supplies and the appropriate colored tread [sadly I didn't have a coral thread so I settled for Orange, it doesn't show really]

    Just as there are TWO ways to cut this, there are TWO ways to sew it. You can sew either texture either way, but for this tutorials sake I did each one on each band. [I labelled them Verison 1 & 2]

    Never sew too tightly or you lose the elasticity to the stitch. This may or may not cause you discomfort.

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 8
    Step 8

    There are specific ways to cut each part of the sock so I separated this into two parts!

    +Version 1+
    Step 4

    If using the leg portion fold the fabric onto its self and measure out how long you want your band to be.
    Don't worry if it goes a little into the foot portion, just make sure it's even.

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 9
    Step 9

    +Version 1+
    Step 5

    Once measured and matched up, cut this off the sock.

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 10
    Step 10

    +Version 1+
    Step 6

    Already it should look like a wristband. Stretch gently to test if the socks material frays or untreads easily.

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 11
    Step 11

    +Version 1+
    Step 7

    Flip the material so that the wrong side [or the side thats going to be touching your skin] is out.

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 12
    Step 12

    +Version 1+
    Step 8

    Shift the material of the rough end up to create another smooth end.

    Using a basic stitch, sew close to the edge. You should create a hem.

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 13
    Step 13

    +Version 1+
    Step 9

    Once finished, flip it right side out with the Right side exposed. and VIOLA you have just completed version ONE

    [For another example: My Hello Kitty Band was made using this method.]

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 14
    Step 14

    This is the second way to cut!

    +Version 2+
    Step 4

    If you are using the foot portion lay the fabric out straight on a flat surface.

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 15
    Step 15

    +Version 2+
    Step 5

    Cut the sock right before the heel-turn* in a straight line.

    *Check out the sock anatomy img

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 16
    Step 16

    +Version 2+
    Step 6

    Now turn the sock inside out and very carefully cut of the sewed portion of the toe*

    *Check out sock anatomy img

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 17
    Step 17

    +Version 2+
    Step 7

    This is what you should have a rectangle.

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 18
    Step 18

    +Version 2+
    Step 8

    Fold the top portion over and measure out the length that you want your wrist band to be.

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 19
    Step 19

    +Version 2+
    Step 10

    Turn the material so that the wrong side [or the side thats going to be touching your skin] is out.

    Shift the frayed edge up from the edge to change the rough edge into a smooth edge.

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 20
    Step 20

    +Version 2+
    Step 11

    Using either a blind basic stitch or a blind whip stich, sew the frayed edge.

    Check constantly to make sure you are doing it properly. If you are you should not see any dents or signs of thread on the right side because the thread is in between the two layers

    [Hold this is clear ><]

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 21
    Step 21

    +Version 2+
    Step 12

    Once finished, flip it right side out with the Right side exposed and TADA you have just completed Version 2!!!

    [For another example: Elmo was Band completed this way, while Cookie Monster Band was done with a variation of this]

  • How to make a fabric cuff. Sock It To Me Wristbands :D - Step 22
    Step 22

    FINALE!

    TADA! And there you have it! The basic steps to making a basic sock to wristband transformation!!!!!

    The next step is up to you, you can leave it as is, which is a good option if you used a PATTERN sock or if you just want solid colored wristbands.

    OR you can EMBELLISH like I did with my Cookie Monster and Hello Kitty! You can embroider, iron on, etc. The possibilities are endless!

    SO Get Creative and Get Cracking! Good luck and can't wait to see your versions :] Perhaps in the future I'll make some Design Tutorials for the Wristbands, let me know if you guys want me to.

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Gaby A.
Gaby A. · 6 projects
Ha ha thank you :]
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Pearl B.
Pearl B. · Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA · 3 projects
Delightful and clever solution to the odd sock problem. I will feature this tutorial in a future blog post! Pearl
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