One-Minute DIY Boot Socks Tutorial

I love boots. I get so excited when it gets cold enough in the fall to finally bust them out. 

A couple of years ago I discovered boot socks. {Am I like way behind the times on this? Is this one of those things where I’m like, “Whoa! Check out this brand-new invention!” And people are like, “Um, my Grandma got one of those for her 1st birthday.” And I’m like, “Oh. Right. Nevermind. Just kidding.”?}


Boot socks. They’re awesome and I love them, too. But they can be kind of expensive. 

Grace and Lace {Etsy}, $34

So I figured out a way to make them myself. In about one minute.  

Learn how to make your own boot socks in about one minute. Easiest tutorial ever!

All you need is an old sweater. I got this one from Goodwill, but you can always use a sweater you have lying around at home. The only thing you need to check is that the sleeves {particularly the cuffs} are stretchy enough to fit around your calf and/or knee. {You don’t necessarily NEED the photo bomb, but those tiny toes make anything better.}

Learn how to make your own boot socks in about one minute. Easiest tutorial ever!

Cut one of the sleeves off.

Learn how to make your own boot socks in about one minute. Easiest tutorial ever!

Lay the one you just cut on top of the other arm and use that as a guide to make sure you’re cutting them the same length.

Learn how to make your own boot socks in about one minute. Easiest tutorial ever!

Slide them on. 

Learn how to make your own boot socks in about one minute. Easiest tutorial ever!

Put on your boots, and you’re done!

 Learn how to make your own boot socks in about one minute. Easiest tutorial ever!

A couple of notes: I have made several pairs of these now, and have never had an issue with the cut end fraying {even after going through the washer and the dryer}. However, if you are concerned about this, you could serge or zig-zag stitch the edges.

Also, while they look awesome with boots, as you can clearly see in the above picture, they aren’t all that styling just over jeans. Keep this in mind if you are ever wearing them while on your way to Vegas, with your favorite boots and black leggings and a long sweater and a scarf and thinking you’re looking super cute and sporty and adorable and celebrity-on-a-plane like, until you get in line for security and realize that you’re going to have to take your boots off and everyone’s going to see your hacked-off-sweater-arm boot socks over your leggings. Not that anything like this has ever happened to me. 


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  • JaneEllen
    October 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I love your boot socks. Think I’d wear the whole sleeve. When I’m in my work room/pc room it’s cold in winter. They’d feel really good on my little old legs, especially if they went over my old knees. The sweater you used (or showed) looked like a pretty nice sweater still. I’ll be looking at thrift store for sure now. I have a sweater just like one you used (or showed) but not ready to use it for socks yet, need it in western CO in winter.
    Loved your post. Like boot socks with the lace on top also, really cute.

  • Cynthia L
    October 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    These are so cute – I will have to pass the idea on to my daughter. She just loves to wear boots on the weekends.

    I would love it if you would stop by the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party and share this and any of your other great posts. See you there! http://bit.ly/1buJrAI
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  • Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly
    October 16, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Lol! You crack me up! Those are so clever. If you are behind the times then I must be *behind* behind the times, cause I don’t have a pair of boot socks yet. Or do I… 😉 Checking my closet now.

  • ashley
    October 16, 2013 at 11:01 am

    If you take the fauz socks off at the same time as you remove you boots in the airport no one has to see the raw edges!

    • Jenn
      October 18, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Good thinking! I was so panicked, this never even occurred to me. 😉

  • Julia@Happy House and Home
    October 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Hey! I do this too! I use my own sweaters – and honestly, they keep you much warmer if you live in a cold area… I was dying laughing at “someone’s” airport experience – it’s not actually that bad of a warning! Totally will keep that in mind! 🙂 Julia

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  • Kayla @ Home Coming
    October 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Such a good idea! How have I never thought of that?! I’m hosting a pillow cover giveaway that you should enter. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/pillow-covers-giveaway.html

  • Sara
    October 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    This is a fantastic idea! Pinning you!

  • Lisa Barton
    October 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Fabulous idea! I have been trying to find myself some socks like these for ages! Will be raiding the donation shops now – thanks for sharing!

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    October 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    These are so cute! What a great idea. I wanted to let you know that you were featured at Give Me the Goods. Congratulations! Come by and grab a button. 🙂

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  • helen
    October 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Fantastic post! And thanks for the heads up about airport security. I’m in the process of picking out my trendy yet stylish travelling outfit thinking “yeah those sweater boot socks would look so awesome!” Never even thought about having to take my boots off. Lol! Oh well. I’ll have to remember the suggestion about taking the socks off with the boots.

  • Erin
    October 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Awesome idea – I would have thought that they would have frayed in the wash, so thank you for mentioning that! I have meant to knit a pair but have never gotten around to it. This is so much easier and looks just as good.

  • Kellie
    October 29, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    laughing out loud about the airport security tip – that is totally something I would have done

  • Sarah
    November 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    I love your boots! What brand are they? I need to have them! Thanks!

    • Jenn
      November 25, 2013 at 7:51 am

      Thanks so much!! I actually got them on Zulily a couple of years ago!

  • Karen Himelfarb
    November 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Did you see the lace boot socks on Shark Tank this week? Theirs are $35, while your are a lot less – and so charming. I think your idea is avante garde because Target doesn’t have them yet. Look for sweater sleeves for legs next Fall. ~ Karen

    • Jenn
      November 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      Hi Karen, I did!! And I was so excited, because it was Grace and Lace — it’s their site I linked to in the second picture in this post!! 🙂 I could not believe their Etsy sales. Jealous. 🙂

  • Sheryl
    December 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Super cute idea, even I can do it. Thank yoU! Also,
    What boots are those in the Graceandlace.com photo?

  • Kelly
    December 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    After I saw this posted on pinterest, I went to our local thrift shop and bought a bag full (13 gal bag full) of sweaters. I’m going to give these as Christmas gifts to my coworkers & friends. By the way, the thrift store was having a sale so I got tons of sweaters for 9.99! Thanks for the idea.

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    Amazing idea to use our sleeves as a boot socks. I have lots of woolen shirts which I don’t wear. I will definitely try this bu cutting the sleeves of those.

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