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Making a Sock Quilt

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Mismatched, lonely socks cry for a second life in a fun craft project. You can use old, mismatched, or even new socks to make a great quilt. This is a guide about making a sock quilt.
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December 12, 20120 found this helpful

I have enough old socks to make a quilt. I would love some instructions on how to do this. I have never done anything like this before, but I love the idea and would like to give the quilt to my son as a Christmas present. Thank you.

By Debbie

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September 27, 20150 found this helpful

"I have enough old socks to make a quilt. I would love some instructions on how to do this. I have never done anything like this before, but I love the idea and would like to give the quilt to my son as a Christmas present. Thank you.

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By Debbie"

Hi Debbie,

What comes to mind would be the old time way of cutting off the tops and stitching them together at the edges to form strips the width of the quilt. Then those strips are sewn together from head to foot of the bed/quilt. The whole thing was then edged with woven cotton cut on the bias and layered with cotton batt and usually a loose weave of muslin such as Osonaburg for backing. This quilt could be tied or hand quilted. Be aware, the top would be liable to stretch too much while machine quilting. Using the cotton batt and osonaburg with the sock fabric keeps this quilt drapey/very flexible and absolutely dreamy to sleep under.

The second method that occurred to me was to split the socks from top to toe so that you get two mirror halves that preserve the form of the sock. They then could be used on a block as an applique, stuffed lightly with some polyfill and stitched up with sampler style embroidery stitches with brightly colored contrasting threads. You could choose any format you wish, stripped with uniform block sizes, varied block size to fit the sock size then fitted into strips or larger blocks like or similar to these patterns in the links provided from your inspiration: http://blackmou  ks-paper-pattern

http://www.same  tml#.Vgd7qMurTcs

You could also cut shapes and crochet them together at the edges with the same type of fiber the socks are made from, ie cotton, acrylic, polyester. This will also make a drapey quilt. I would sew or serge the edges to stop ravel and too much stretch. It could still be filled and backed to keep it a quilt instead of an afghan. Links:

http://www.dovi  s-for-hexapuffs/

http://www.croc  -quilt-patterns/

The creativity potential is pretty much limitless. Please let us see what you end up doing!

Best to you for your project,

Judy

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