Make Your Own Boot Socks From Thrift Store Sweaters

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It is super simple to Make Your Own Boot Socks From Thrift Store Sweaters! (Plus, you can totally make these on the cheap!)

This is such an EASY DIY! This tutorial has a lot of photos, but the project is super easy! I have the process, step-by-step, for you below.

The Boot Socks trend is super hot and you can pay a pretty penny for these in boutiques. Some folks call the version I am making here “leg warmers”…since they have holes on both ends. I call these boot socks because they tuck inside the boot. (I was a child of the eighties…so to me “leg warmers” these are not.)

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I headed to Goodwill and picked up a couple of sweaters for this project. I paid $5 each, BUT had I shopped on a different day I could have paid about half price.

VERY IMPORTANT- you want to choose sweaters with stretchy sleeves. Most people’s legs are larger than their arms. You are essentially making something that was meant to fit on an arm, fit a larger leg.

I made 2 versions- one version with lace and buttons and one version without any frills.

What You Need

What You Need:

Sweater

Lace

Buttons

Needle & Thread

Scissors

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Step 1:

Make a cut starting just before the sleeve meets the body seam. Make the cut straight across the sleeve (not in line with the seam).

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Step 2:

Stretch out the Sleeve by placing it over your leg. You want to get the sleeve stretched out before you add the frills.

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Boot Socks (sleeves) should be even.

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Step 3:

Turn the Sleeve inside out and then fold the “cut side” down about a half an inch.

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Step 4:

Sew down the edge. You do not need to sew this tightly, BUT remember to make the large jumps on the inside of the sleeve. You will want to be neat on the side that will show.

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You can see the difference between the inside and the outside.

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Step 5:

Sew the lace about a 1/4 an inch from the top. Note- you are sewing the the underside that will not show.

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(Sew into the side that will be against your leg when you wear the boot socks.)

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Step 6:

Turn the boot sock outside out.

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Step 7:

Sew the buttons as close to the top as possible. Remember, only a couple of inches of the boot sock is meant to peek through.

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Pretty! Hard to believe these were a sweater 20 minutes ago.

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If you are looking to make these on the cheap, be sure to take a long a craft coupon when you go to purchase the lace and buttons. I found a little jar of white buttons in various sizes on the $1 rack at Michaels. I found the lace at Michaels as well…for about $3 after coupon. There was enough lace to do more than one set of boot socks.

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Be sure to pin to save the tutorial for later. This is a great 30 minute project. These boot socks would also make a great gift.

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You can also just make a simple pair of boot socks. (no frills)

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I chose a bold print for my second set. I think lace and buttons would have been a bit much.

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These were simply cut and sew. I had this set done in about 10 minutes.

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If you prefer to PURCHASE Boot Socks, I recommend checking these sites:
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These online stores often have sales or affordable options.

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I must thank my loyal assistant Fluffy. She was very interested in the sweaters and decided to hang out with me through the duration of the project. I may have to make her a bed out of the sweater bodies.. though that is a project for another day.

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Comments

  1. says

    Pinned. I hope to make some sometime. They are adorable and would come in handy. I hate the feeling of boots without tall socks or something. Great idea.

  2. says

    I love these! I went to a huge craft show this last weekend and saw so many booths that had boot socks for upwards of $20. I love the idea that I could make them so easily from old sweaters!!

    Great idea! Pinned it!
    Sam

  3. JaneEllen says

    These are wonderful and so chic and so warm. It’s getting colder here in western CO so will be wearing the boots like this week. I’m thinking my grand daughters might love these so will be going sweater shopping at the thrift stores when we get paid. The boot socks don’t look like leg warmers. I remember those too, ugh. When I wear a skirt these will be really warm here. Looking forward to making my own style with these. Hope not too many people see this post in Grand Junction area so I can find good sweaters to make them. Happy week Great post
    Pinned this

    • says

      Hi JaneEllen,

      I bet it is beautiful in Western CO. This was a super fun project and I love that you can customize to your own style. Thank you and thank you for pinning! I hope you have a great week as well. -Jessica

  4. says

    I am so glad I found your post! I have been wanting to make these for a long time. I have been collecting sweaters and lace from the thrift shops and they are just sitting on my craft table waiting for me to get to work lol. pinned and ready to get to work! If you have a spare moment this week I would love to have you link up with me at Totally Terrific Tuesday on my blog!!
    Have a wonderful night 🙂
    Jess

    • says

      Hi Jessica! Thank you. It was a fun project and I was pleased with the end results. I plan to make more. I hope you give it a try. Thanks for the invite and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. -Jessica

  5. says

    I found you through Creativity Unleashed and I have to say this is a brilliant idea! Perfect for using up old sweaters that have gotten too worn out or shrunk in the wash! 🙂

  6. Denisec says

    Wow! So cute and easy I am going to make them for my 3 girls which all have boots which will be perfect for Christmas and alot nicer than the store I can match lace or ribbons and color/texture to their different personalities. My kids miss me being crafty (no time) but I think I can pull these off.

    Thanks for the idea. Girls will love them since they are trending!
    Denise

    • says

      Hi Denise,

      Thank you! This is one of my favorite DIY projects ever! I already have plan for more. I think your girls will love these. Thanks for the comment. Have a wonderful afternoon. 🙂 -Jessica

  7. says

    I LOVE this idea. The lace and frilly style is more my daughters speed but I can totally see myself wearing the one without the lace. I’m pining this for later. Thanks for sharing

  8. says

    Hey love! Congrats on being featured at Totally Terrific Tuesday 🙂 These are so awesome! I am getting ready to make a pair for me and my daughter as we speak…yay!
    Jess

  9. Erika says

    Great idea! I’m wondering if you could make an infinity scarf out of the torso of the sweater if you cut off the shoulder part and zig zagged the edge(s).

  10. shellie says

    just found your post. love the boot sock tutorial. looks great and easy. love your boots. do you mind telling what brand they are?

  11. Nancy Dewitt says

    Love these boot socks…I was wondering what brand are these boots??? I love them just what I have been looking for thanks

  12. Angela says

    I bought 4 different types of sweaters but my calves must be too small because they all seem so big at the top. I don’t need to stretch them, I need them smaller. Am I doing something wrong?

    • says

      Hi Angela,

      You may consider looking in the Girls, Juniors or Petite department. I don’t think you are doing anything wrong…I think you may just be purchasing sweaters that are too large. I hope that helps. -Jessica

  13. Meredith says

    I found this post from a blog called Simply Frugal-I love this idea of upcycling old sweaters! Super cute, and perfect timing now that’s it mid-January in Ontario, Canada. Do you have any ideas on what to do with the rest of the sweater though after cutting the arms off?

    • says

      Hi Meredith!

      Thank you! 🙂 I still have the sweater bodies. I have seen ideas from pillow cases to mittens to covered boxes. I am thinking of trying the covered box idea. Thanks for the comment! -Jessica

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