How To Darn Socks

Don't throw out your socks just because they have a small hole on the heel or toe. Instead, learn how to darn socks. If you can use a needle and thread, you can darn your socks and give them a new lease on life. Darning is not the same as simply stitching up a rip or tear. When you darn a sock, you are recreating the fabric with thread where it has worn thin.

  1. Place a tennis ball in your sock, underneath the hole. The tennis ball will provide support as you darn the sock. You can also use a light bulb or an actual darning egg, which you can find at a craft store.
  2. Thread your needle. Use cotton embroidery floss in a color that matches your sock. If your sock is made of wool, use wool thread. You will need to use a large hand or embroidery needle. The thread will not fit into regular sewing needles.
  3. Sew a circle around the worn area. Use small, straight stitches. The circle reinforces the repair and also provides a boundary for your work area.
  4. Fill in the circle with horizontal stitches. Make several long stitches across the width of the circle to fill in the hole. Continue stitching until the circle is completely filled in with stitches.
  5. Cover the horizontal stitches with vertical stitches. Once you have filled the hole in with horizontal stitches, turn your sock and make a series of vertical stitches. The vertical stitches should be woven into the horizontal ones, to strengthen the repair. Once the hole is completely repaired, tie the thread off and snip the end.
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