A while back, I started creating custom sock sleeves for the handknit socks I make for others. (Why would I bother to put a sleeve on a pair I make for myself?!?) You may remember that I showed a photo of one here, on the pair I knit for Cecily. At that time I received a few inquiries on how I did this. It’s really quite simple and I want to tell you that I didn’t think this up on my own. The idea originally came from Carolyn and Grumperina, and I got permission from them to tell you how I did it.
Anyway. Here’s a picture of Emily’s Bloomin’ Feet socks all wrapped up in their nifty sock sleeve.
I used Microsoft Publisher but you could use other software as well. I know Grumperina used Photoshop but Publisher seemed easier to me. I copied and pasted my blog logo but you could use whatever you want for a graphic – a sheep, a ball of yarn, it’s your design, you decide. Then add text – saying who they are for, what the yarn is, the pattern, washing instructions – really whatever you want the recipient to know about the socks, because, again, it’s your design. Then put a box around the whole thing. Or not. It’s your design.
The key, I think, is using the right paper. Matte photo paper is perfect for a sock sleeve. It’s strong enough to go around the sock and not be all flimsy, but it’s thin enough to go through an inkjet printer without jamming. If you orient the paper horizontally then you can actually fit two on a page.
And a close up:
I included the ruler so you can get an idea of the dimensions. Each label is about 1/3 of the sheet of paper. The box itself is about 3in. x 2.5in. All that’s left is to cut – I use a paper cutter for nice straight edges – and put it around the socks.
3. Cut in two.
4. Wrap around sock and secure with tape.
Simple. Really simple. But, oh so nice.