Socks on the Front Door…

winter wreath

Let’s reuse some of those oversized, classic winter socks.  You know the ones I mean… those ones over there… the ones you now only wear at home because you’ve worn the heel out?  Or that lonely sock, the one the dryer ate the pair for?

Let’s make them part of a warm, cozy, winter time wreath to greet visitors at your front door.  Yes… I said socks…. clean ones please!

Get your supplies ready.

A couple winter socks (I used two, loooong ones)
Straw wreath form (mine was 14 inches)
Needle and strong thread
Scissors
Pins
Embellishments of your choice (I chose yarn, twigs and a bird house)
Glue gun

I prefer straw forms when I plan on hanging a wreath outside on my front door because they are heavier and sturdier then foam (and cheaper!).  I’m always afraid the foam ones will blow away!

A little tip; before you begin covering the straw wreath with material, wrap it in plastic wrap or leftover plastic bags, taping it down so all the straw is covered.  This makes the surface smoother and you wont have bits of straw poking out.  Alternatively, use some thin, lightweight scrap fabric if you don’t wish to use plastic.

Using sharp scissors, cut all the way down the length of your socks, along the back side of them.  I specify to cut along the back of the sock so the ‘heel’ doesn’t interfere with the way it’s going to be put on the wreath.  I only needed two socks, but they were very long and stretchy.  Cut all the way down to the toe as well as across the toe.  You now have two very long, strange looking rectangles.

Start wrapping the sock around the wreath.  You can pin it temporaily until you get it all in place.

Once you have the socks laid out the way you want, stitch them together all the way around.  I had a gap at the top of the socks and where the toe / heels met up, so I stitched them together as best I could, not worrying what it was going to look like, more that it was secure, since they would be covered in the end.

Trim off any excess material now that it’s all stitched together.  Once that’s done, double check to ensure the stitching is very secure.  I went around mine once more with a quick overcast stitch using a larger needle and thin yarn (not pictured), and sunk some of the stitches right into the wreath itself, to keep the material from shifting around.

Embellish the wreath however you like.  Add some red yarn to punch up the colour and fill in those gaps…

… maybe some light and dark yarn for contrast.  Dried twigs make a great addition….

… and so does a rustic looking birdhouse.  Tie a winter scarf onto that bird house to make it homey.

Check!  One cozy, winter sock wreath.

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Comments

  1. Forty Thousand Before Forty says

    Your sock wreath is gorgeous! I definitely will have to try one of those myself.

    Random suggestion: If you ever want to make a Styrofoam wreath, you can make one using a dollar store swimming noodle, a bit of dowel and duct tape! Sometimes I use that combination just because it is so economical and I want a smooth rounded surface (say if I am making a yarn wreath) and it is heavier and sturdier than a true foam wreath.

  2. Stephanie Michaels says

    That is sooooo cute, I love how it turned out! Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.
    Steph
    swtboutique.com

  3. Our Pinteresting Family says

    What a clever idea! I love it. :) Found your project near mine at DIY Dreamer’s link party. Megan

  4. meandmr.com says

    Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. Cute blog, I can’t wait to read more.
    -Melanie @meandmr.com

  5. Mackenzie says

    How cute and creative! You are a featured favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell at Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks so much for sharing last week, we can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week!
    Have a great weekend,
    Mackenzie :)

  6. Mariel says

    So adorable and such a great tutorial! I’d love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there!

  7. Christine says

    I’m in LOVE with the wreath! AMAZING!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Can’t wait to see what you link up this evening!

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