HOW TO MAKE STAR SOCKS
Heat transfer vinyl (we used HappyFabric’s HappyGlitter in Silver Black and Royal Blue from www.happyfabric. co.uk)
Two different starshaped paper punches (ours were from www. hobbycraft.co.uk)
Call it a crafty gal cliché, but when we caught wind of the statement sock trend we immediately saw it as an opportunity for glitter. Dainty sheer socks are everywhere right now, and iron-on glitter vinyl is an easy way to put your stamp on them.
Stock up on different sized star punches, or track down hearts, confetti dots or flower shapes and dream up your own design – then wave your feet in the air like you just don’t care.
01 Pre-heat the iron to 150 C, which is the two dot setting on most irons. This is a vital tool when using heat transfer vinyl.
02 Lay one of the socks flat on thick card. Using a pencil, draw around the sock leaving a 1cm ( 3 /8") border to create a template, then cut it out. This template will be used to stretch the sock out ready for the vinyl to be applied. Use the cardboard template to then make a further two templates in greaseproof paper. Paperclip the greaseproof paper templates either side of the cardboard template – this’ll stop the vinyl adhering to the cardboard when heated. Rub out any pencil lines before sliding the template into the sock as pencil may transfer onto the fabric.
03 Slide the template into one of the socks. Make sure when you pull the sock onto the cardboard template that it’s evenly stretched and there are no creases in the fabric of the sock.
04 Take the heat transfer vinyl and begin to cut out star shapes with the paper punches. If you’re using HappyGlitter or HappyFlock, remove the plastic carrier sheet on the top of the vinyl before you use the paper punches. This will make it much easier to punch, and will prevent the punch from becoming blunt, as HappyGlitter and HappyFlock are slightly thicker than other vinyls.
05 Lay the sock on a firm surface and give it a quick pre-press with the iron to remove any moisture in the fabric. This will allow the heat transfer vinyl to adhere to the fabric properly.
06 Begin to lay out a starry design on the sock, glittery side up, using the image as a guide. Lay the bigger stars down first and then add the smaller stars around them. You’ll want to aim for an even amount of each colour vinyl.
07 Once you’re happy with the placement of the stars, cover the sock with greaseproof paper.
08 Use the iron to apply pressure to the vinyl and sock on top of the greaseproof paper. Be sure to apply a good amount of pressure for 10-15 seconds in each area as this’ll also help the vinyl adhere to the fabric of the sock and stay in place during washing. Repeat all over the sock until all of the vinyl stars are completely fused to the fabric. Press again in any areas you feel need an extra blast of heat to stick firmly. Repeat Steps 3-8 for the second sock.
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