Updated March 31, 2021.
With so many of us finishing our own work these days, I wanted to point out to you my favorite finishing tutorial. I hope you like it!
Many people wonder how to turn your stitched needlepoint into a mini-sock. It’s not that hard if you have a sewing machine.
One of the first tutorials The Caron Collection put on their website is this one on making an open and lined mini-sock. Your finished sock will be just like a regular-sized stocking (you can use these same instructions to make those too).
One of the great things about finishing mini-socks is that they don’t take much material, so you can go crazy with finding luxurious fabrics for them. One of the best sources is to use fabric samples from interior designers or high-end fabric shops. Often they sell them cheap or even give them away when the fabric is discontinued. I have a whole bag of these in my closet.
If you have any true factory outlets or fabric mills in your area they might have sales of scraps, I used one bag of these for my linings for years. Also look at fat quarters (they’ll line several socks) and remnants.
Your lining fabric should be thin and soft. Your backing fabric should be firm and, if possible, non-ravelling.
If you want trim on your mini-sock, look for remnants of trim and stock up when you find it in colors you like. You can also make your own twisted cord following the linked instructions. You can even make tassels to add.
Finishing mini-socks isn’t hard and you’ll love the happy feeling you get when you see them all lined up.