Friday, April 8, 2011

Sock tutorial PART 1: one-shoulder top for 16" doll

The finished project on Peak's Woods "Lottie."
There has been a trend in my local doll groups lately to make doll clothes from socks. So, I thought I'd challenge myself to see how many different garments/accessories I can make from a pair of socks. I'll show you the steps, in case you want to try them, too!

Sock size: women's size 6-9
Sock thickness: medium
Sock height: crew

Step 1: cut straight across - just above the heel.
Here is the piece you'll be working with. The "cuff" that used to be the top of the sock is now the bottom hem of your top. (You've just started and already you've hemmed it! See how easy this is?!)

Step 2: cut 1/3 of the way down the one side, making a slit for the armhole.

Step 3: cut a rounded corner off the other side. (Just estimate by following the shape of mine. I started about 1" from the top and ended about half-way across the top.

Step 4: turn sock inside out.

Step 5: fold back the right corner 1/4" and pin.

Make sure you fold back and pin all the way around.
Step 6: topstitch your folded-down edge.

Step 7: fold back the "slit" 1/4" and pin. (It won't fold back as nicely once you get to the bottom of the slit, but just stretch it - it's the beauty of working with a knit fabric!)

Step 8: topstitch the folded-down edge.

Step 9: match the shoulders up and pin.

Step 10: topstitch 1/2" from the raw edge to create the shoulder seam.

Step 11: open up the shoulder seam allowance and pin back.

Step 12: topstitch down your seam allowance. (This will make the shoulder seam lay nice and flat on your doll's shoulder.)

You're done! Your doll can wear it on either shoulder. (I determine it by whichever side looks nicer at the end.)


  1. Very Cool. I'd imagine you could use lots of different socks and sizes as well. Once again, too cool.

  2. Nice new take on the sock sweater. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. Really useful and simple, will definitely give this a go :) Wonder if you could use a baby sock for smaller dolls?

  4. I'll have to try some baby socks next, good idea!


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