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
Embellishments of your choice (I chose yarn, twigs and a bird house)
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.