Growing up at my parents house we always had a full basket of unmatched socks.
My sister Courtney (who is the second oldest of five children...yes I am the oldest) and I hated the job of matching socks. We would empty the basket and start sorting through them all. There would be black ones, pinks ones, big ones, small ones and ones that just needed to be thrown away, and after all that sorting we were lucky if we came up with 10 matching pairs! Where those socks go will always be a mystery to me!
Being married and having a family of my own makes no difference, we still have socks that seem to disappear never to be found. It's hard enough keeping adult socks from being lost but then throw in some baby socks and its a lost cause. In order to keep my little mans toes warm in this cold weather
I decided to make a sock bag that will keep all his socks together when I throw it in the washer and dryer
I wanted to make one for my husband and I, but I just didn't get around to it yet.
White Mesh 7 inches x 18inches
Cotton/Flannel 7 inches x 4 1/2 inches ( this will be for a decorative band)
Serger/ Sewing Machine
Cut a piece of white mesh. My measurements were 7 in. x 18 in.
You can certainly makes yours bigger or smaller.
Cut 2 matching pieces of your fleece/cotton material. My measurements were 7 in. x 4 1/2 in.
Again, you can adjust my measurements to fit the size bag you want to make.
Take one end of your mesh and one piece of your band material
and place them right sides together and serge/sew. Do this to the other end as well.
Using your Iron press your band outward so the right side is showing and serge the top part of your band.
(This will help the material look nice when you fold it over to make the hem
and not fray when its being washed)
Find the center of your band material and place one pin 1/4 inch to the left of the center.
Do the same thing to the right side of the center.
( For example my band was 7 inches wide making the center of my band be at 3 1/2 inches. You need 1/2 inch between the two pins so I put one pin at 3 1/4 inches and the other pin at 3 3/4 inches
Using your sewing machine put a button hole where each pin is.
(This picture is just showing that there is 1/2 inch between the pins)
Fold your material in half and place right sides together and serge/sew down both sides of the bag
While your bag is still inside out fold your band fabric overto make a hem/casing for your cording. I folded mine over about 1 1/2 inches and stitched around the bag below the elastic.
Just make sure you fold your fabric over enough to cover the button holes you made. .
Turn your bag right side out.
Normally I would use a safety pin for this part but my little man was crying and I needed to grab something quickly that was on my desk. I ended up finding a paper clip which worked just as well! I taped one end of the cording to the paper clip and pushed it through one button hole moving it along through the fabric until it came through the opposite hole.
Tie a few knots at each end and your done!! Missing or unmatched socks?? NO MORE!
TIP: Make sure you tie your string together in either a bow or a loose double knot so all your socks don't go flying out when it's in the washer or all your hard work would have been for nothing :)