DIY Boot Socks {from old sweaters}

This week Nat and I are taking a little break and enjoying some long-awaited sister time! She is making the trek to Idaho tomorrow with her cute kids to visit. So all week we’ll be sharing some of our contributor and guest posts from the past few months. Here is one of my favorite upcycle projects I’ve done this fall… DIY boot socks from sweaters!

About a month ago I found a deal on those really cute, tall boot socks — I wanted three or four pairs! At $12 a pair, plus shipping, I couldn’t justify it. I found a few old sweaters in my closet that I was planning to give away, and I knew they would make the perfect DIY project. How do you like my new boot socks?

I started out with these sweaters… two from my giveaway pile and one from the thrift store.
Old Sweaters
Trim to embellish – lace, ribbon, etc.
Thread, scissors, and sewing machine
1. I wanted my first pair of boot socks pretty long, so I cut the sleeve off the sweater beyond the seam line:
2. I used a sweet crochet lace to trim the top of the sleeve {this will be the top of the boot sock.}
3. I trimmed the top of the sock so that it would have a nice even edge in the front.
4. Then I simply sewed the lace trim around the back edge, and front section of the sock. {I wanted this front piece to fold over, creating a “cuff” for the sock}
Here is my finished Lace Cuff Boot Sock:
Here is a full shot of the socks, so you can see what they look like under the boots:
For my next sock, I kept it SO simple! I did the same process as before, but this time I cut the sleeves of the sweater off below the shoulder seam line. Basically, when you are done cutting, your previously-long-sleeved sweater should look like a short-sleeved sweater!
I added a different lace trim this time, sewing it on the outside of the sock. I love how they turned out:
Now, for my favorite pair! I decided to make some spooky Halloween socks. How fun would it be to wear these to your neighborhood party or school carnival? I’m totally rocking these this year!
1. I used an old black and white sweater that had a hole in it, and cut the sleeves the same way as my second pair:
2. Then I used some 1″ black satin ribbon, and created a ruffle by sewing a line down the center of the ribbon and pulling the thread through to bunch it up :)
3. I attached the ribbon ruffle on the outside of the sock, then added another layer of trim {LOVE these darling mini-poms!} on the inside of the sock. It looks cute because the pom poms just poke out of the top a little! I am really not a seamstress, and sewing this trim on was super easy. If I can do it, you can do it.
My finished Spooky Socks:
What do you think? Would you wear these boot socks for Halloween?
I spent less than $10 for all three pairs of socks! Not bad, eh? Then next time you are cleaning out your closest, make sure to save those old sweaters and turn them into something fabulously fashionable!
Make sure to check out some of our other upcycled projects:
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  1. says

    Oh my gosh, I’m so doing this!!! I can think of at least two sweaters that I’ve been planning on getting rid of- one of them is even black and white striped! Brilliant idea Holly!!
    I’m so glad Nat gets to come visit you! Have fun!

  2. says

    Best idea ever? I SURELY THINK SO. Wow. You always see all of these adorable boot sock tutorials for little girls, but nothing for us ladies. I’m scrounging around for old sweaters as soon as I get home. Love these!

  3. says

    Yes! I am going to make a few of these for myself too. I finally bought a pair of boots and am think having sweet socks would make them that much more fun to wear. Enjoy your sister time– it makes me miss my sister too! Holly

  4. says

    I want some for my new boots…my address is……..ha.
    Time to hit the thrift store and look for sweaters. Where did you ever find such cool purple boots? thank you for visiting us again…luv ya bunches…xo Lu

  5. says

    I’ve been wanting to make some for years, thanks for the inspiration! I love the lace trim by the way. You have to tell me where you found your boots! :)

  6. Laura Ly says

    Just wanted to ask you – when you sew the lace onto the stretchy sweater fabric, does the lace prevent the cuff from stretching? I’m afraid if I sew on the lace, it won’t stretch enough to fit over my leg!


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