Saturday, March 15, 2008

Ladies, Start Your Sewing Machines!

There are so many things that I WISH, WISH, WISH people had told me much sooner than I figured out on my own. Here's something I did this morning that I would love to share with any of you who sew (particularly for little girls). I'm sure many of y'all have figured out that I am one of the cheapest persons on the planet (my mom may come in first, sorry mom!). However, I do enjoy nice things... so what do you do when you like the niceties in life but can't AFFORD them... you make them!

When Erika and I went to our grandfather's funeral last year we stopped at Sikes & Kohn's. If you've ever been to the beach (north FL) from B'ham or further north you've passed it between Montgomery & Troy... it's the giant shoe store. The store is easy to miss; the shoe billboards are not. Anyway, I bought Morgan 3 pairs of precious eyelet ruffled socks for $6 a pair. I know, it's crazy to spend that on socks but they were super cute and I loved them (& we've managed to keep up with them). Well, this week I went to Target and bought these....

And this morning I made these...

For the price of 1 pair of socks, I made 3 pairs (earlier today I said 6... I got confused) and probably could have done more had I bought more eyelet. I bought the ruffled eyelet trim at Walmart for $1.32 a yard. I would estimate that 3 yards of eyelet trim would do 6 pairs of socks.

Here's a quick tutorial on how to do it...

** Never turn the socks inside out... always keep them just as they would be if you were putting them on. It only takes one stitch: ZIG-ZAG

First, starting at the back of the sock zig-zag the eyelet around the top of the sock. The eyelet will slightly overlap the sock on top. Slightly stretch the top of the sock as you attach the eyelet, this will allow enough "give" to get them on comfortably. Here's a picture for the visual learners out there.

Before you go ALL the way around stop just short of reaching the point where to started. Remove the sock and cut off the excess trim.

Next you will put the eyelet trim right sides together like this... (still not turning the sock inside out)

Then you will do a "tighter" zig-zag to bind the ends of the eyelet together. It will not look beautiful or "finished" but because you turn them down the other side looks finished.

Trim away your strings and turn down the sock... voila, a cute little sock for a fraction of one just like it!

Here's where you stop at the back of the sock. Not absolutely perfect, but as my grandmother would say, "On a galloping horse, who would know!"
Ok, stay tuned to see what I did with this $40 worth of fabric...

I'm 1/2 way done so here's a hint...
Have a wonderful weekend... and y'all have to let me know if you make any SOCKS! :)


erika said...

Can you make me a couple pair of those socks? they'd look great with my Pumas... Merrells... converse... and Nikes. They might get caught up in my bike chain, but fashion over function right?
love you,

Hannah Fields said...

that is so sweet. I just starting my sewing ventures and have not quite conquered a sun dress. But I am sure i could figure out these socks. thanks for the step by step instructions.

Anonymous said...

Wow!! You really amaze me!! I'm so impressed that you made the socks - don't they sell those at T.J.'s?

I wish you would teach a sewing class. I'd be the first to sign up.

Oh- and i made the banana bars this afternoon. haven't tried one yet, but the batter was delicious!!
thanks for sharing.


Tegan said...

You AMAZE me!!!! Need I say more....

Becky Brodbeck said...

So cute...your tutorial actually made me think I might be able to make some...I'd sign up for your sewing class too-wish we were close enough for them!!

Kendra White said...

Darby... that is too funny. I just made those socks for a friend. Instead of lace I used grosgrain ribbon trim. They are super cute...

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Natalie McGough said...

Darby, I love the socks and thanks for writing out how you made them. One day when I get my sowing machine to VT I'm going to make some. I love the pictures of your house, it is SO pretty. I wish I could see it in person. I might be visiting my grandmother in Abbeville this summer, so I might just have to come by: )! And, by the way, I am so jealous that your girls went swimming last week...It's just not fair! We still have lots of snow on the ground, but some is starting to melt...praise the LORD!!!

Leah said...

how inspiring!!! i am JUST starting to learn to sew. i've only made our dining room curtains and jackson a halloween costume back in october. but i want to make my boys some cute jon-jons SO bad!! i'm just so nervous and it takes me FOREVER right now! but, thanks for the instructions!! i'll have to try the socks when i hopefully have a little girl one day. :-)

J said...

Darby, You INSPIRE me! I can't wait to try out the socks! And thanks for the visual - I needed that! :)

Dena said...

Who knew you were so crafty! I of course am not and pay for socks - they are very expensive! they look super cute and probably will last longer than the others - AND FYI - they were robbing you - they are only 4bucks a pair at my store!

The dressed look REALLY REALLY good!
I can't wait to see pictures of the girls in them!

Amy Jo said...

I found your site by googling "hairbow tutorials", but it looks like you've got all kinds of great ideas that I'm going to copy. Thanks for sharing your money saving tips. I've already got some boring white socks and will experiment with adding on some trims. I never thought of it before!

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