Originally published on the Sock Journal: https://www.sockdreams.com/blog/2018/05/02/diy-put-a-ribbon-on-it/
Adding ribbon to socks is a super simple DIY that is a fun way to get a little more comfortable with your basic sewing skills, while adding some flair to your socks! Sewing a long ribbon and other fancies to the cuffs of your socks adds a chance to inject some drama to your day (or finish off socks for costume and cosplay!).
What you need
If you’re a little familiar with a needle and thread but find sewing DIYs a little intimidating, don’t stress: you basically only need to have a way you like securing your thread to your fabric, know how to do a running stitch and know how to backstitch. DMC Threads has a great video tutorial on the ever-useful running stitch on YouTube and another one for the backstitch!
Other than those two sewing skills, here’s what you’ll need to be-ribbon your socks:
- Your socks to fancy up! I’m using a pair of the Extraordinary Thigh Highs in White. Their wider cuff is perfect for adding things to.
- Ribbon! I’m using a satin ribbon and this pretty sheer stuff.
- Sewing stuff! Needle, thread, scissors. I’m using embroidery floss because I don’t have thread that’s the right colour.
- Not shown, and optional: buttons
Okay, before we dive in, let’s look at the inspiration socks. We’re not quite sure where or when they came from, but one thing we do know is: we can totally do this. YOU can totally do this!
Let’s add ribbon to socks
Decide what length of ribbon you want, I went with about a yard. Err on the side of too much, you can always trim it later.
Find the center of your ribbon and place it on the cuff of your socks, at the bottom of the cuff itself. If you have a sock with a deep cuff, like the Extraordinaries, then you can put it right at the bottom of the cuff, before it turns into sock. If your cuff is shorter, place it just below the cuff. Although, really? Do what looks good to you!
I’m going to sew the ribbon to the back of the socks, in line with the heel. Once you’re happy with the placement, Pin that slippery ribbon in place.
Now, secure your thread on the back of the sock, by your pin. We’ve all got knots and tricks we like, do what you like best, nobody is going to see it.
Then, bring your needle to the outside and start stitching! I’m going to link the backstitch video from DMC again. This is a super great and simple stitch to learn that is a great one to have in your sewing toolkit. It doesn’t take that many stitches to get that ribbon secure! Bring your thread to the back again and knot it securely.
Now, your stitches may look a bit rough, satin ribbon likes to show every stitch as unflatteringly as possible. That’s okay! When you wrap the ribbon around your leg you can cover those stitches.
Of course, if you want to make them even fancier, we know what you can do.
Cover up those stitches
To make a simple ribbon flower, cut about a six inch length of ribbon (either the same as your long one or something complementary) and start sewing a running stitch along the bottom edge.
Just stitch in and out all along that bottom edge, until you’ve got a dashed line of thread all along the bottom of your ribbon.
Grabbing the length of thread dangling from either side of your ribbon, use the running stitch to cinch it up, like a little drawstring bag.
Whaaaaat?! It already looks like a little flower! MAGIC. If you’re over sewing at this point, you can totally glue that bad boy over the stitches on the long ribbon you sewed to your sock, but since I had my needle and thread out, I sewed it on.
I decided it wasn’t quite fancy enough and added a fancy button to the middle. It not only hides the center of the ribbon flower and the stitches I sewed it on with, it looks awesome.
Now strut your stuff!
I love how this simple DIY adds so much fanciness to a pair of socks. They’re fit for a springtime princess! I can see this also being really good with frothy black lace on dark socks, or checkered ribbon on bright red socks, or really: any combo of ribbon+sock!
Now, go wild adding ribbon to socks! You can use pre-made pretties to cover your stitches, ditch the ribbon and just put pretty things on the cuff, or use stretch lace instead of ribbon (a great option for adding a bit more stay-up-ability!). Actually, if you want your ribbons to stay up when tied in front, using something stretchy is probably a must. We tried and it was so dang cute but lasted exactly half a step. Look how cute though:
Remember, we LOVE when folks do DIY with our socks, so be sure to tag us on Instagram (we’re @sockdreams) so we can ooh and ahh over your skills and socks!!