We all know that annoying feeling when we get a hole in our socks and even quality socks gets that. I’m sure most of you are thinking why I should repair sock when it is so inexpensive, I can replace them whenever I want to. Feel free to do so, throw them in garbage and buy a new pair. But repairing a hole in socks is so easy and it gives your socks a second life. Don’t get us wrong, we are not telling you to repair broken sock with 7 holes, washed out color, smelly old sock. But small rips happen even to high quality socks too and the point is to reduce waste and take care of what you have, right? It helps the planet and saves you some money too. Doesn’t that sound amazing? It’s a win-win situation.
It is both cheaper and faster to repair your old socks than to buy new ones.
The goal of darning a sock isn’t necessarily to repair and repair and repair until there’s more of your own handiwork than there is original sock. It’s about making small fixes when necessary to maintain your clothes instead of just discarding them. Go team green!
It is both a cheaper and faster solution to repair the socks yourself. Here we will teach you a quick and easy way to repair your socks, so you can save money and help save the environment by not throwing out your still useable socks out.
You will need:
- A round object such as a tennis ball, an electric bulb or one of these little mushrooms specially designed to repair socks
- And a stocking with a hole in it, duh:-)
The first thing to do is to find a sewing thread that fits roughly in color. (We used black for this tutorial) The best thread is thicker than regular thread.
Next, cut the thread to a suitable length (preferably around 2 arm lengths). The thread is pulled through the needle and laid down twice.
The best and easiest way is to use some tennis ball, lightbulb to easily stretch the socks. Insert the ball into the sock and wrap it around tightly, so the sock doesn’t move around. To prevent threads sticking out, we cut threads and fluffs that are already sticking out with small scissors and sew around edges of the hole.
You start weaving new fabric. Start from bottom to top. The best way is to follow the lines in the original knit of the sock. When strings are made all over the hole and preferably a few millimeters on each side of the hole, you must weave perpendicular to the strings
Now work you needle and thread over and under the warp you just made, keep rows nice and close (or looser, depending on how open knit your sock is). Every couple of rows, gently push the weft you’ve made together, to increase the density of the patch. Keep going until you are done and make a small knot at the end.
You are now done and only need to cut the remainder of the thread. Now lean back and feel good about yourself 😊