Friday, September 14, 2012

Lace Boot Socks

I've got some bigger house and garden stuff I've been working on the past couple of weeks so I only have time for a quickie craft today (sorry, nothing exciting, just digging up flower beds and painting the porch).  And I have to admit, I have no idea what these things are called, but they're all the rage (at least on Pinterest) so I made a pair.  I call them boot socks.
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Update:  I really, really appreciate all of the new visitors coming over from Pinterest, but before you leave a comment asking me where I got my boots or the lace to make this project, please take a moment to actually read the post (especially if you are a no-reply blogger or anonymous).  All of the information is right here in the post~
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lace socks, boot socks, DIY leg warmers, how to make boot socks, http://etcetorize.blogspot.com

For those of you who aren't quite as trendy as I am (which would be difficult to accomplish), these babies are a way to add a layer of somethin' somethin' (do people still say that???) at the top of your boot without adding bulk inside of your boot.

Here's what you need:

Materials:
-extra wide elasticized lace
-thread and needle
-sewing machine or serger
-scissors (not shown, why do I always forget one thing??)
-optional: buttons, bows, ribbon, etc.

Steps:
1) Wrap your lace around your calf, just under your knee.  Don't worry about doing it over top of your pants, you're going to wear these on top anyway.


2) Cut two lengths of lace to fit.


3) With right sides together, sew or serge the raw edges of your lace together.

Please ignore the messy stitches.
My serger was on a rampage.

4) Iron your seam towards one side and turn right side out.

If you want to stop now you can and there you go, you've completed the whole thing in about 60 seconds flat!

If you want to add a little bit more interest, read on.

 5) Decide if you want your seam to be on the inside of your leg or at the back and then add some pretty buttons or bows or other embellishments.  Just make sure to keep it towards the top of the sock so that it won't cause any discomfort inside your boot.  Flat buttons work best.  I put mine on the side but you could put them right down the seam at the back too!


Tah dah!
So pretty!
 This project was so quick and easy that I made a pair in black too!


This is also a great scrap buster if you just have a bit of lace left over from another project.  Have fun making your own and have a crafty week~

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**Update:  a few people have asked where I got my boots....they're actually a few years old but I'm pretty sure I picked them up at a shoe store in Canada called Spring. I don't think they have them anymore but there are a few styles that are similar~

The lace is from the bargain bin at my local fabric store.  If you don't live where I live this is pretty useless information.  So just do a google search on "Wide Elasticized Lace" or go to Wholeport (link in my sidebar), sometimes they have it.
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67 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

Ha! Those are so cute. Love the addition of the buttons. Do the lace cuffs stay in place pretty well?

frances said...

Great idea thanks Frances

~PJ said...

I love these... Oh to be small enough to wear knee high boots.... I have hefty calves. Thbbbbt. But these are so cute!

Etcetorize said...

Cranberry Morning....yes, they do stay up. Just make sure to stretch your lace while you're measuring it around your leg so that it's snug~

Carissa Rasmussen said...

I love this idea much more than the sweaters because these only peep out of your boots (which are adorable by the way). Came over from 5days5ways. can't wait to see more of your projects

Christine@ Projects Around the House said...

These are so cute and they look so easy! I think I need to make some to dress up my boots!

Etcetorize said...

PJ, don't let the height of your boots stop you. I'm going to make another set to wear with my shorter booties too! They'll be smaller 'cause they'll be at the bottom of my calf but I think that they'll still be cute. Give it a shot, nothing to lose but a few inches of lace~

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Very pretty, I've got to make some of these!!

Tania

Heather Kaluf said...

These look great! love the look the lace gives :)
Would love to have you come over to our party. Sunday RoundUp is back!
http://www.heatherlyloves.com/2012/09/sunday-roundup-21.html
xoxo
Heather

Beth said...

These are cute! I might have to make some for my daughter.

Tressa said...

I love this idea! I really like the black version -- I'll have to try this. Now I just need to get over to M&J Trimming!

rebekahdawn said...

Love the lace version! And those buttons are the perfect touch. Pinning!

Michelle said...

Great idea! Love the addition of the buttons!

impromp-two.blogspot.com said...

OMG, those lace socks are amazing, great, very creative idea!

Heaven's Walk said...

Cute cute cute idea! Love your boots and those lace socks kick up the cute-factor! :) Thanks for sharing it!

xoxo laurie

Roanna said...

beautiful! this I am pinning and doing!!!

Melissa Hurdle said...

Adorable!!!! Thank you do much for the how to.

Valerie@Occasionally Crafty said...

LOVE this idea! I bought my first ever pair of boots this year and have been looking for the perfect idea for a fake sock. Thanks for sharing yours!

Valerie- www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

Cute way to dress up an outfit (and not have to worry about socks matching either!). Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

sandpaperandglue said...

I don't know how it never dawned on me to just make my own! I've seen them all over and when I look on Etsy for them it just seems far too expensive for something so simple. Thanks for the tutorial :)

Kayla's Creations said...

I love lace, & these socks are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday Round Up! I hope you have a great week!,

-Kayla :)

Jill said...

Cute little lacy additions Tamara!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Rose, Happy Home Decorating said...

That is BEAUTIFUL lace. Easy and fun DIY. So, let me invite you to share your creation (and other ideas) at our linky party at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/party : Look forward to seeing you there! ~ Rose

Katie Adams said...

Oh so cute! I love these and want to make me some. I would love for you to share this on my weekly Blog Stalking Thursday Linky Party! http://www.thecraftyblogstalker.com/2012/09/blog-stalking-thursday-59.html#more

Christine said...

Yes, I still say somethin somethin but its more like sumptin sumptin ;-) These are so cute! I've been making them out of sweater sleeves and crocheting short legwarmers to use in just the top. So glad this trend is still going strong!!!!

Jen @ frazzled 5 said...

Wow, these are amazing. I am not sure my hubby would let me leave out the house! Super cute!

Debi Bolocofsky said...

These are so cute. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/natural-coconut-bubble-bath-and.html
I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above
www.adornedfromabove.com

Denise said...

Super cute! Where are your brown boots from?

Misty @Creative Itch said...

These are so dang cute!! I'm going to have to make some for my girls!

Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday'. I'll be featuring you tomorrow, so be sure to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!

Lisa said...

Very pretty!

I had to come ask what kind of boots those are. You look like you have pretty thin legs like me and I have the hardest time finding boots that aren't huge. Where are those from?

Anonymous said...

Very cute! I love the boots too. Please tell us where they're from!

Kasey said...

PJ, I too suffer from larger calves. I have looked and looked for the last several years for a pair of boots that would fit me, this year I finally did. There are quite a few brands out there with extended calf sizes. Check them out. I started my search with Macy's. They had boots starting at 69 bucks, there are boots for any budget. Good luck!

the classroom creative said...

Those are so adorable...

I'm off to buy lace, as there's none in my fabric stash...

Love. It reminds me of crocheted ones I saw on Pinterest last year, but I can't crochet, but I can sew.

:) Pinned and featured.

Have a lovely weekend, Tamara.
N

Erin said...

Love this idea!! I have a hard time finding boots that fit my skinny chicken legs! Where on earth did you get those cute brown boots???

Erin said...

Never mind!! I just saw your update at the bottom of the page! sorry!

Krity said...

Can you tell me where you bought this lace. I'm am having a hard time finding pretty or good quality lace like this. Thanks, Krity

Etcetorize said...

Krity, you're account is set to 'no reply' so I have to reply to you here.....This lace was actually from the bargain bin at Fabricland. I bought it more than a year ago. I think it was 3 metres for $1.00 or something crazy like that (I stocked up on loads of colours). It was a steal of a deal~ Keep looking, I'm sure you'll find something. You need less than half a metre so go ahead and splurge on the good stuff :)

Anonymous said...

I love these but they don't start slipping down into the boot as the day goes on? Just double checking...

Anonymous said...

where are those boots fromm?

Etcetorize said...

Anonymous....please read the post for the answer to your question.

Other Anonymous...As mentioned above, if you pull the lace snugly around your leg it shouldn't fall down.

Other Anonymouses...I can't reply to you directly if you post your comments as anonymous or 'no-reply' so make sure you check back here for a response, however, please take the time to actually READ the post to make sure I haven't already answered your question above.

Dazey said...

These are so beautiful! I am just not crafty at all/enough to make them. If you ever decide to make this a business, I'll buy them in every color!

Adriane said...

Uhm, just ran across this.. and I love it. I also love that you sound like me and my sister - who avidly use a lil 'somethin somethin' ALL the time. =D
Needless to say, totally following you now. ;)

Love Sparkle Pretty said...

SO pretty and simple! I love lace and I love boot socks so these are a PERFECT combo! :)
-Kayla from Love Sparkle Pretty
a.k.a. your newest follower

Brittney Butler said...

So beautiful and simple! Love how the white lace compliments the brown leather. I was wondering what kind of boots those are or where I could find the brand. I would love to try that with the brown leather and I'm trying to find boots that fit my calves! So pretty!

Kiana Bates said...

This is ingenious. Thanks so much for this!

Christine Free said...

Where did you put elastic? Long ways

Etcetorize said...

Christine...I didn't add elastic anywhere. The lace itself is elasticized, it's stretchy, you don't need to add any elastic at all.
If you can't find reasonably priced stretch lace this might not be a bad alternative though. It will bunch up your lace and it won't lay as flat but it might still be pretty.
Have fun experimenting~

Madee_R said...

So cute. Where did you get your boots and what brand are they. They are adorable and look like the calf circumference is small, I can never find boots that are tight on my legs.

Madee

Hanni said...

This idea is so smart! I want to make it right now :) Pinned it and make it soon!
Thank you for sharing!
Hanni

Lauren Ashley said...

I can't find this trim anywhere!!! Please help!

Etcetorize said...

Hi Lauren...did you know that your account is set to 'no-reply'?? Others have asked about a source though, so I'll answer you here and hope that others see.

Try Wholeport.com (http://www.wholeport.com/cate/stretch-lace.html). They have stretch lace at excellent prices.

Good luck!

Theresa Halford said...

I just LOVE these, but I live in the sticks LOL!! So I have to order my lace online, can you tell me how wide you used? I was guessing about 3 inches but wanted to double check before I actually placed my order!

Thanks so much :)

One Desperate Mom said...

I actually tried sewing lace to the top of a pair of socks today and they came out terrible. It just doesn't lay right. This is a perfect alternative to spend $20 on a pair of socks. Yay!

One Desperate Mom said...

This may sound crazy, but it seems like lots of people aren't able to find stretch lace. I have an old pair of panties that have stretch lace on top. I think I'll cut them up. Just a thought.

Jenny Olah said...

Love this idea! Thanks!

ArtMonster said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Love the post. Love your blog. I've been looking for lace everywhere (for undies, actually) and appreciate the help. These will look great with my boots. :D

Amber Sargent said...

Brilliant! Darling!

Kamikazeherz said...

Thanks so much for sharing this, they are so cute! Found them yesterday on Pinterest and had to make some just today :) My lace actually was just cheap from a cut H&M shirt, but I'll definitely watch out for better one to make some more.
If you wanna see mine, here's the link: http://luftmasche.blogspot.de/2013/03/spitze.html

GIrin said...

Is this socks is designed to cover whole leg upto knee or just calf portion that is shown outside the Wide calf boots in the picture?

K Escoe said...

Where do you find this type of lace? I have searched all fabric stores in town and not had any luck.

Beckey said...

These are fabulous! I love that little touch of feminine peeking out of the boot top! And so simple! I think I'm in love...

Colleen Bloom said...

Awesome.. can't wait to give it a try!

Vanessa Worthen said...

SUUUCH a cute idea! love these! where did you find lace like this?

Nicole Castro said...

Yes where on earth did you get those boots!!! I've been looking for some exactly like those!

Filesha Moeller said...

I absolutely love these!!! But I was wondering where you bought your lace from??

Anonymous said...

You can find stretch lace on E-Bay! Hooray!

cantonlace said...

Super cute and lovely!

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