How to Sew a No Show Sock
How many pairs of socks do you own? How many of those are no show socks? If you’re like most people, the answer to that second question is probably none. After all, no show socks can be difficult to find and, if you do manage to track some down, they can be pricey. But what if we told you there was an easier way? One where you don’t have to deal with the hassle of constantly buying new socks or constantly cleaning out your sock drawer?
Step 1 - Preparing your supplies
Before you begin, take stock of what you have on hand and make sure you have these essential supplies. You’ll need: some thick cotton material (we like canvas), thread, scissors, sewing machine, and pins. If you don’t have these supplies around your house already, a quick trip to your local fabric store should get them squared away. If you really want to get serious about it and make multiple pairs of no show socks for different occasions, we suggest stocking up on these items ahead of time so there are always some at hand when inspiration strikes. Just remember that if they’re not high quality materials your socks may last through only one wash cycle or even worse – fall apart before they can be worn!
Step 2 - Cutting out the sock pattern
With so many options available for sock materials, from silicone-lined synthetic fabrics to moisture-wicking blends, it’s important you choose something that will work best with your activity level. So before you cut out your pattern, think about where you’ll be wearing them and how they'll be used. Will they be worn under shoes? Or are they intended as an outer layer? When it comes to socks—like everything else in life—it’s all about finding what works best for you. Once you've selected your material of choice, grab a copy of Simplicity pattern 8063 (Men's knee socks) or 8061 (Women's knee socks). These patterns can easily be found at most fabric stores and include basic no show sock patterns.
Step 3 - Sewing both sides together
Place both pieces, right sides together and pin in place. Sew around your heel with a 1/4 seam allowance; repeat on other side. Iron your sock flat. Turn your foot opening inside out, iron and pin if necessary so that your edges are even. Stitch around opening at 1/4 seam allowance, leaving about 5-6 for turning it right side out - you should now have what looks like an eyelet or keyhole in your sock. Be sure to backstitch at each end!
Step 4 - Turning the sock right side out
After you turn your sock right side out, it’s time to add Philosockphy back inside. After you thread and knot your lace, trim off excess thread. Then give your sock an extra test: put on some fresh socks and see if you can easily detect its presence underneath. If not, add or remove more lace accordingly until your Philosockphy feels secure but not constricting (once again, like toe rings that are too tight). Enjoy!
Step 5 - Weaving in ends
It’s important to secure your ends as you knit or crochet. You can either weave them in along with your yarn tail before you hide it, or go back and make sure all of your ends are tied up nicely when you’re finished. This is important because if one of those ends pops out later on, it will ruin an otherwise great project. Be sure to check out our post on Weaving In Ends for an in-depth look at how to do just that!
Step 6 - Finishing up
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There are many philosophical do’s and don’ts when it comes to no show socks. One of these philosophies is that sock tape, when properly applied, can prevent you from losing socks if they slip down inside your shoe. Whether or not you believe in such a philosophy is up to you; however, if you want to learn how to apply sock tape correctly, please follow our instructions below. We do not recommend using duct tape because it might leave behind adhesive residue in your shoes after it peels off (not only will your skin get stuck on your shoes but so will lint!) The steps are easy: place two strips of double-sided tape on either side of your ankle and then cover with a piece of athletic sock before putting on your shoes.
How to Sew a No Show Sock