Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sock Long Johns Gift Tutorial

Need a stocking stuffer for the men/boys in your life ?
Whip up this quick, cute project for a fun way to give them two pair of socks !

I found this cute project in an old craft magazine years ago. It was a perfect project for me to make and donate to the school holiday bazaar.

You will need two pair of tube socks, the straight up and down tube type work best, matching thread and a few buttons.

Stitch the four socks together to resemble long john underwear, two for the front and two for the back. Add a few buttons along the middle seam in the front and one button on each "butt cheek flap" on the back. Be sure to attach the following cute poem:

I made you some long johns
But they turned out too small
In fact I don't think
They will fit you at all.
So take off the buttons
And snip the threads
You will have two pair
of socks instead!

Above is a sketch I drew of how I made my long john socks. The written instructions below are by me, trying to think of the easiest way to describe how I made them. I do not have the original instructions unfortunately.

Lay one pair of socks down on a flat surface, side by side with the toes pointing up. Stitch at the edges in the middle, starting at the top to about halfway down. This would be the front seam from the neckline to the crotch on a real pair or long underwear. Attach three buttons (more if you like) along this middle seam. Turn the stitched together socks over so that the buttons are laying face down. Keep the toes at the top and the cuffed portion at the bottom.

Lay two socks side by side, toe pointing down, on top of the stitched pair. Place the toes about halfway down the back side of the already stitched socks, this would resemble the "butt flaps" on a real pair of long underwear. Stitch in place. Fold the upper cuffed portion off to the sides to create arms. Make these folds in line with the tops of the toes from the front socks. Stitch in place. Add a button to each "butt cheek flap".

You can also make a little hanger out of wire to hang them on!

TIP: cut buttons off of old worn out shirts to be reused on craft projects, cards, sewing projects, etc. The buttons on the sock long johns pictured above came off of old thread bare flannel shirts. After removing the buttons, the super soft, well worn fabric was used in the garage.

Supplies for making the card, all from Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Holiday Tag Team - retired
Card Stock: scrap from holiday card elements kit, chocolate chip, naturals ivory, ruby red

Ink: various classic inks to watercolor with, Basic Brown

Accessories: copper brad, chocolate grosgrain ribbon

Techniques: water coloring with ink pads

Thanks for looking/commenting and Happy Holidays !


  1. These are so cute...great project, Heather! I love the poem, too!!

  2. You've always got fun crafty projects here. Love this one. Not sure if I'd make it but I love it just the same. LOL Cute and practical too

  3. Hello!

    What a fun gift idea! I love it and will use it this year! Thank you for the directions and the poem! It's a keeper for sure!

    Wishing you a happy day today!


    Barbara Diane

  4. Awesome! tfs


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