How To Customize Socks

One seemingly odd emerging trend knowing how to customize socks. It seems white pairs of socks have had their day in the sun and pairing those tube socks with a little flair is the new craze. From buttons to monograms, there are easy and fun ways to customize socks!


To customize socks, you will need:

  • Buttons, iron-on patches and/or embroidery thread and fabric pencil
  • Fabric glue
  • Iron and iron-safe cloth
  • Embroidery needles
  • At least one pair of socks


To customize with buttons:

  1. Lay socks on a flat surface with the area you wish to adhere buttons facing up. 
  2. Arrange buttons in a pattern of your choice.
  3. Adhere buttons to socks using fabric glue.  se a small dot on the back of each button and let the buttons dry according to the time frame on the fabric glue packaging.


To customize with iron-on patches:

  1. Pre-heat iron to “cotton” or temperature recommended on the patch packaging.
  2. Lay socks on a flat surface with the area you wish to adhere patches facing up. 
  3. Peel the backing (if there is one) from the patch, being careful not to tear it.
  4. Lay the patch on the sock exactly where you would like to adhere it and cover with extra, iron-safe cloth.
  5. Press iron over the cloth and area of the patch for 30 seconds to one minute (unless otherwise specified on patch packaging). 
  6. Let cloth and socks cool, then carefully turn inside out and press iron over the underside of the sock adjacent to the patch for 30 seconds to one minute (unless otherwise instructed on patch packaging). 


To customize with embroidery:

  1. Using a fabric pencil, draw the design you wish to embroider onto your socks. 
  2. Thread the embroidery thread onto the needle (about six inches of thread for every inch of design you wish to embroider) with half of the thread through either side. Tie the ends of the thread together in a secure double-knot.
  3. Starting on the inside of the sock, push the pin through the sock at the start point of your design and pull the thread all the way through until the knot catches on the inside.  
  4. Going across the width of your design line, push the pin through the sock about 1/8 inch (depending on desired width of your overall embroidery lines) from the previous hole and pull the thread through until slightly taut. 
  5. Push pin back through to the front of the sock directly below your initial hole and pull until taut again.  
  6. Cross to the second hole, push the pin through and pull until taut again. 
  7. Repeat steps five and six, following the drawn lines of your design until fully covered, ending with the pin through the inside of the sock. 
  8. To finish off the last stitch, tie a secure double-knot in the thread at the base of the inside of the sock where your pin has come through. 

Note: you will need to complete the above steps in full for each individual line of your design unless it is not continuous (like cursive writing, for example). 

Once the socks are customized with any of the above methods, wash them inside out to ensure the life of the buttons/patches/embroidery and the life of your new, personalized socks!

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