Can You Make a DIY Outfit Out of a 5-Pack of Tube Socks?

JRenee DIY
by JRenee DIY
6 Materials
2 Hours

Have you ever wondered what you can make with a pair of socks? This is a DIY outfit experiment using a 5-pack of socks to make a sock top and shorts. I know it sounds a bit wild to use socks to make an outfit but suspend your disbelief. Come along with me and learn how to make an outfit out of socks.

Tools and materials:

  • 5-pack of tube socks
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger
  • Your own shorts
Cutting the ends of the socks

1. Cut the socks

Cut the socks off at the end of the ribbing if your socks have them. Cut at the ankle, making sure the tubes are equal in size.

Cutting along the fold

Cut along the fold of each tube. Keep the sock logos intact.

Trimming the tops

Trim the tops that keep the socks up on your legs.

Sock pieces

You’ll have a lot of pieces.

Using shorts for the pattern template

2. Make the shorts

Use your own well-fitting shorts as a template. If you’re able to seam rip your shorts into a front and back piece, use those pieces to make the pattern. If you don’t, fold your shorts in half along the center in the front and then again the other way for the back with the crotch pulled out. The back piece always has a longer crotch. 

Arranging the socks

Arrange the socks pieces to fit your shorts template until you have enough pieces to make the pattern. You will need to cut smaller pieces for the crotch area. You’ll need to make 2 front and 2 back pieces. Pin the pieces in place.

Serging the right sides together

Serge them right sides together using a patchwork technique. Recheck that your pieces match your shorts template.

Trimming excess fabric

Trim any excess.

Sewing a pair of shorts out of socks

3. Sew the shorts

Match the 2 back pieces and pin along the center seam. Do the same for the front pieces. Sew together.

Matching front and back pieces

Then match the front and back pieces and sew the side seams and crotch.

Evening out the waistband and legs

Even out the waistband and legs. 

Hemming the legs and waistband

Hem the legs and the waistband with a single fold, sewing it down with a zigzag stitch.

Making a top out of socks

4. Make the top

Put the smaller logo pieces of the socks together for the front. Pin and sew together using a patchwork technique. Make sure you use enough socks to fit your bust. Once you have the front and back piece, place them right sides together. Sew with a zigzag stitch. 

What can you make with a pair of socks?

Fold over the top to hem and stitch to secure.

Sock top and shorts tutorial

If your logos are too close to the top and you aren’t able to hem it properly, use any leftover plain sock fabric to make straps. Cut into 4 equal-sized strips. Sew two straps by placing them right sides together. Make a tiny hem along the top. Square stitch the straps into place.

DIY outfit out of socks

Making a DIY outfit out of socks

Although the sock top is ok, the shorts are the clear winner here.

DIY shorts from socks

I wasn’t too happy with the top’s fit but the shorts are super comfy and fit great.

Sock DIY outfit

Let me know in the comments if you tried this sock DIY outfit.

Suggested materials:
  • 5-pack of tube socks
  • Scissors
  • Pins
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  • Fred Vaughan Fred Vaughan on Sep 09, 2022

    I stuffed my 'socks' with rocks in the toe, tied them off and used them for 'TOSS'

    game. Kids love it! Each had their own color! NOW . . . that's a good use for old socks!

  • Paula Paula on Oct 16, 2022

    This is an outfit? One more pack of socks, and maybe a completed top?