…a heat transfer vinyl project.
Many months ago, a photo of these socks crossed my desk: “If you can read this” on one sock and then ‘Bring me a beer’ on the other, so when the wearer sits with feet up, others in the room can read the message. Yowza, I thought, what an awesome idea to personalize for the hard-to-buy-for folks on my Christmas list this year! I tucked the idea away to bring out in the fall, and then BOOM! …the idea took off in Silhouette land; the socks became *a thing*.
My friends who use their Silhouette machines for business can’t make them fast enough…they are flying out the door. And I can see why. They’re fun, inexpensive, and quick to make—the perfect gift trifecta—and suitable for everyone from close friends & family to neighbors, the landlady, and the mailman.
Included in the free Silhouette file below are the first few I did this year. In addition to the traditional beer and wine messages, I tailored socks to the horse lover, book lover, tea lovers and scotch lovers in my life. Download the file and you’re all set to make your own socks.
Edited to say: the above files now also contains this design:
But…ya know, half the fun is matching the saying to the person receiving the socks, so don’t be limited by what I’ve done or what comes up on Pinterest. Make up something new and fabulous that’s especially suited to your recipient. What do they love? What are their hobbies? …favorite drink or food? In my next batch, I’ve got ‘Bring me a wee dram’, ‘Rub my feet’, ‘Bring me chocolate (the good stuff)’, ‘Shh… I’m watching the game’, ‘Bring me cake’, and ‘Bring me a thimble’.
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What you need…
- Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) – Stretch or regular (I used regular Siser Easyweed, which has a good bit of stretch in it)
- Socks – the higher the natural fiber content, the better
- Silhouette machine – Mine is a Cameo
- Iron – or heat press
- Parchment paper – or Teflon sheet or pillowcase (for pressing)
- Free Silhouette cut file (above) or create your own file
What to do…
This is a pretty straightforward project (I told you it was quick and easy!). Cut and weed the design from heat transfer vinyl as you would normally, and apply with an iron or heat press. For details on how I work with HTV, check out my article HERE.
Tips & tricks…
Font – Choose an easy-to-read font and size the text large enough that it can be read from across the room. Due to the knitted sock texture, simple fonts will show up better and last longer than fancy or serif fonts. Avoid thin fonts, or thicken them with an offset before using. If you want to use the same font I did, it’s Lumberjack, a free public domain font from Dafont.com.
Size – I aimed for a design area of slightly smaller than 3″ x 5″. At that size, I could use vinyl pieces in nice round measurements, and the words stayed on the bottom of the foot (no wrapping around).
HTV – You want folks to be able to read the message from across the room so choose an HTV color that contrasts well with the color of your socks. Go bold.
Socks – Polyester and other man-made materials have a tendency to melt when the temps get up there, so I chose socks high (60%+) in natural material such as cotton and wool to avoid melting issues. The Kodiak socks I used come in men’s and women’s sizes and worked well. These are the women’s socks I used:
Positioning – It’s super easy to center the design on the sock bottom if you cut a piece of cardboard about 4″ x 12″, slide it inside the sock, and center the sock on the cardboard. You can see exactly where to place the HTV words. The cardboard also stretches the sock slightly to add more “give” to the HTV.
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