Chair socks are very functional and they can also be a cute addition to your home decor. You can find a variety of chair socks online, and, if you are feeling adventurous, you can make some yourself. This short DIY project will walk you through the steps of making chair socks with just a few basic materials.
First, let’s go over the stuff we’ll be using: old towel, a patch of fabric, matching thread, seam ripper, and hair tie. Below are the links for the things I used. You can also use lace trim to decorate the chair sock:
Once you have your materials ready, just follow the steps below and you will have cute chair socks in no time!
First, cut a circle from the fabric. You can use a vanishing marker and the mouth of a drinking glass to draw a proper circle. Afterwards, cut off the remaining fabric to leave a rectangle.
Cut a couple of smaller circles from the towel. The vanishing marker and the base of the glass will come in handy for cutting the two circles from the towel.
Option 1: Without a Sewing Machine
Draw 4 rectangles on the remaining fabric. Make 8 cuts between the short purple lines pictured below:
You can use the seam ripper to make these cuts. Sew with a needle and a matching thread to cover the raw edges of the cuts. You should bring the needle up from the reverse side of the fabric, loop it through the hole and under the looped thread.
If you are having trouble finishing the holes, check out the 2nd method for making holes in a fabric in this very useful how-to. Repeat the same process for all 8 cuts.
Place the two smaller circles made of towel in the middle of the fabric, with the fabric faced down. Put the larger fabric circle on top of the smaller circles made of towel. Sew the fabric circle to the fabric rectangle using a backstitch (i.e. every stitch “goes back” and starts behind the end of the previous stitch).
Option 2: With a Sewing Machine
Working with the fabric is a lot easier if you have a sewing machine. To start, use a very short zig-zag stitch to finish the edges of the fabric if it is not hemmed. This will prevent it from unraveling. Using the vanishing marker, split the fabric into 4 rectangles.
Use the button-hole stitch option or a short zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine to outline 8 button holes – two in each rectangle. This short post is useful if you are not sure how to outline button holes with a sewing machine. Use the seam ripper to make cuts in the area between the seams.
Sew the fabric circle in the middle of the reversed fabric with a straight stitch. Leave some of the circle unfinished, so you can push in the two towel circles. Once the towel circles are in this little “fabric pocket” you can finish sewing it closed.
Weave the hair tie through the slits and tie it in a knot. Put the chair sock on the leg of the chair and roll the fabric into the hair tie.
You can tie the lace trim around the chair sock to add a little bit of decoration. Below you can see the DIY chair socks: