Christmas pajamas are one of my favorite holiday traditions. I love planning them out each year and trying to find something unique and special. These socks were the perfect addition to our 2017 pajamas and the kids got a huge kick out of them! Of course, they did immediately start demanding hot cocoa. 😉 These socks were super easy & quick to make and I’m excited to share this project with you! (By the way – you’ll find an amazing giveaway if you make it to the bottom!)
I’ve seen socks like this floating around Pinterest and Facebook, but it was hard to find a solid tutorial for them. What kind of socks can I use? What kind of iron-on? Will the iron-on stretch & tear? I had so many questions to figure out, and I’m happy to be able to share what worked for me so you can make your own socks!
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What you’ll need:
- Cricut Maker, Explore Air 2, or other cutting machine
- Cricut EasyPress or home iron
- Socks – I picked up some kid’s crew socks from Target. They are 75% cotton/20%polyester/3%spandex/2% Nylon. Using my teflon pressing sheet, I had no issues with the socks melting.
- Cricut Iron-On Lite (I used black)
- Weeding Tool & scissors
- Scrap Cardboard
- Teflon Pressing Sheet
- Optional: Cricut BrightPad
I created the design I used for my socks in Design Space – you can find it HERE if you’d like to use the same one!
First, we need to prep our socks for pressing. I laid a sock in front of me, with the sole laying flat. I then cut 2 rectangles of cardboard slightly larger than the bottom of the sock. The idea is to stretch the sock a little before pressing (vertically & horizontally) to allow some stretching when the socks are worn. I rounded the corners of my cardboard so they wouldn’t snag the socks.
Once you have the cardboard cut out, slide a piece into each sock and make sure it’s stretching a little horizontally & vertically. Measure the height and width of the usable space on the sock and scale your design to fit. Set aside for now.
Cut your design out of your Iron-On Lite. Don’t forget to mirror the image before cutting!
Now, weed your design. Using the Cricut BrightPad helps illuminate the cut lines, making it easier to see where you need to weed!
Using the EasyPress quick reference guide, preheat your EasyPress based on the type of iron-on you’re using and the material you’re pressing it to. For Iron-on Lite on Cotton/Poly blend material, the settings were 305° for 20 seconds.
Place your socks in front of you, soles facing up. Place your weeded Iron-On designs onto the socks.
Place the teflon sheet over both socks. Press for the recommended time & temp for the materials you’re using.
Peel the backing away, remove the cardboard, & turn the socks inside out. Press again for the full time. This really helps the iron-on bond well to the fabric.
And just like that, we’re finished! My kid’s have been running around with their socks on, wearing them with tennis shoes, etc. and so far, they are holding up pretty well. While I don’t expect them to last forever, we haven’t ripped or lost any letters yet.
These would make such a quick-but-cute neighbor/teacher/friend gift.. everyone gets a kick out of them, and you can personalize the sayings to the recipient. (Example – “If you can read this, bring me coffee”)
Of course, I also used Cricut Iron-on to customize some plain thermals for the kids’ Christmas pajamas. The method for applying the Iron-on to the pajamas is the same as applying them to the socks, so those were also super quick & easy! It took me about 30 minutes total to cut & press all 3 sets of pajamas and socks 🙂
For all of the designing, I used some of the amazing resources in Cricut Design Space. There are over 300 fonts available as part of the Cricut Access Fonts subscription, and the variety really can’t be beat. It was super easy to scroll through the available fonts and find the perfect ones that fit my vision for the designs! It’s really convenient having these fonts at my fingertips, and not having to pay for individual fonts every time is a huge bonus!
You can find my “Too Naughty for the Nice List” design HERE if you’d like to use it, too.
The saying fits my kids perfectly.. they probably belong on the naughty list, but they’re just too cute! I’m sure they can’t be the only ones 😉
I hope you enjoy creating special Christmas pajamas and custom socks this holiday season! From my crazy family to yours – Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! (Now scroll to the bottom to enter to win your own Cricut Maker!)
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