Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Warm Gift

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I’ve been wanting to try this project for several months now.  Boot socks! So pretty with the lace peeking up over your boots.  Here is one I saw on Pinterest.

Just make sure you stretch these puppies  ~ the cuff end ~ otherwise it won’t make it over your calf and all the lace you sewed on will pop its thread.  Just sayin’. 


At my recent trip to Goodwill, I decided to pick up two sweaters and make boot socks.  I already cut the sleeves off here, but you can see I used a cardigan and a turtleneck.One set is going to be a gift for my daughter.  Having never made these before the second sweater was for the guinea pig version which would be for  me. 


I started this at night so there are not a lot of pictures of the process.  Just cut the sleeve off where it meets the shoulder.   I’d wait and make the length adjustments after you’re done and have tried it on.  Stretch out that cuff!   You can always pull it on your leg, too, to make sure it will fit up over your knee.

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You could probably attach your lace or other trim with fabric glue, although I sewed mine on {stretching the cuff of the sweater out as I sewed the lace around it}. You can come up with different variations, as the blog I linked above details. Add buttons, have some lace come down the top a little bit;  you are only limited by your imagination in dressing these up.  I’m going to let my daughter choose if she wants some buttons added, like these options.

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This is a versatile enough project so that if you don’t want the sweater bulk added to your socks and pants inside the boot, you can cut them to adjust the length.  Maybe even just have them where they appear to go all the way down your boot, but they are just up at the top to look pretty.


I’ve also seen them worn a few ways.  Inside the boot.


Out of the boot but scrunched up.


And over the outside of the boot.



And if you are not into boot socks, you could always cut them down a bit and make them wrist or arm warmers.   You can also use socks to make the wrist warmers.  Here is one I pinned on Pinterest.

Here is how my boot socks look on my wrist if I wanted to go that route.  Don’t you love the lace?  This may be next.  Wouldn’t a pair of each make a great gift as a set!


I hope it doesn’t sound difficult.  It actually is quite a quick project ~ it took me about an hour from start to finish to do the two pairs.  Plus, it’s inexpensive.  I believe the sweaters were $3.49 each at Goodwill and I already had the lace.  If you have sweaters you are getting rid of, the cost would be even less! 

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I plan on making more and will be on  the lookout for more lace and trims to use.  Oh, and I think I need a new pair of boots!


Linking up with

Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse

Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House



Sonny G said...


you win the Most Creative award.
I have to make my daughter some of these.. Boot and wrist ~! Love this idea and so many possibilities.

thanks so much

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

I have several of these. My niece got them for me last Christmas and my other niece knitted me several gloves the ones with no fingers ;). I had thought about making them with used sweaters but never got around to it.


Debby said...

You sure are creative. They would be cute leggings from your granddaughter......are all those pink presents for her. Don't spoil her, hah.

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Kathy, What a super cute idea! I love how they turned out. So creative as always!! I hope you're having a great holiday season. ~ Jamie

Decor To Adore said...

Completely adorable! I will be copy catting for sure! :)

Okio B Designs said...

Love that look! I bought some off of Etsy and you are right - STRETCH em first!


Gail said...

Now those are the cutest warmers I have ever seen! Great job!! Kathy, how do you transfer a graphic onto wood using Mod Podge....I have totally forgotten how to do it. Hope you are having a wonderful day, Gail

NanaDiana said...

Kathy- I HAVE to make some of these for the grandgirls! They are just darling- xo Diana

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous job...they turned out wonderful!

Rita said...

Oh they are so pretty. love the double layer of lace on yours.

This N That said...

Cute look..Love the wrist warmers..

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Oh Kathy, Boot socks would be on my Christmas wish list if I ever made one! I have wanted some of these for the longest time! Are you going to sell them in your Etsy shop? You should!!! I see them for $30 and up in other Etsy shops! Yours are so adorable!
If you decide to sell some, let me know...I will buy some or I'd even trade you something. You did a wonderful job...you're so creative and talented!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy,
Love your project. You did an amazing job and they look awesome. Thank you for sharing this. I would love to try it. Great way to reuse an old sweater too.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Those are so cute--I have been seeing these and wanting some--now to just get some cute boots! Never thought of wearing them on the arm--looks great!

Our Hopeful Home said...

My daughter just asked me to make these for her the other day! I didn't know about the lace, though, what a pretty touch! Yours are just perfect and have motivated me to finally make my own (and my daughter's)!

Anonymous said...

These are so cute Kathy. I am passing your link to my kiddos. They will love this idea.

Sue said...

Crafty Kathy, that's you! These creations are adorable. I'm the wristlet sort of girl, myself. So feminine and sweet.... Yea, I finally finished Xmas decorating! Hope to see ya sometime soon. :-) Sue

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

The boot socks are such a clever idea. I love yours. The lace makes them extra special.


Ana Sullivan from The Lost Apron said...

I found you from Dedicated House/Make it Pretty Monday. I love how thorough your explanations are. We will have to go thrift shopping during Christmas vacation with my daughter. Visit me at:

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

These are soooo cute! You will be one of the features at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button. Hope to see your prettiness again at the party. Merry Christmas! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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