Learn how easy it is to make no-skid socks with puff heat transfer vinyl. This is the perfect DIY project for the cold winter months.
Whenever I go shopping, I find myself drawn to all the cute socks that have designs or words on them. Not only do I like to buy them for myself, but they also make really good gifts since you can choose a design that matches the person’s hobbies, personality, etc.
But did you know it’s actually quite easy to make these yourself?
What’s nice about making the socks yourself is you can customize them to your liking. You can use whatever color you like, change up the design, and make custom messages.
These make great presents for teachers, parents, friends, and so on. Everyone loves cute socks!
The Tools & Materials You Need
For materials, you will need:
- Puff Vinyl
- Socks (I used these from the dollar tree)
- Masking Tape
And for tools, you will need:
- Cricut Machine
- Weeding Tool
- HTVRont Auto Press
If you want the same puffy design that my socks have, you need to use puff heat transfer vinyl, not just normal HTV.
How do you heat puff vinyl?
To use puff heat vinyl transfer, I recommend using a heat press machine.
I used the HTVRont Auto Press. If you would like to learn more about the HTVRont Auto Press and how it compares to the Cricut brand, go here.
You can also do it with an iron, however, the results may vary since the heat application may not be as consistent as it would with a heat press machine.
To learn how to use an iron effectively, then consider reading this step-by-step guide.
How does puff HTV work?
Puff HTV is a material that has been designed to expand, or puff up, once heat is applied while also attaching it to whatever blank you are using.
In addition to socks, you can use puff HTV on fabrics like cotton, polyester, burlap, and similar fabrics to make t-shirts, sweaters, tote bags, and more.
I think the puff effect makes everything look so cute compared to when you just use a flat vinyl. I mean, look how adorable these socks are!
Can you use puff vinyl with Cricut?
You can use any cutting machine, including a Silhouette Cameo, to cut out the actual design on your puff heat transfer vinyl.
Cricut also has its own heat press machine, the Cricut EasyPress which works very well with puff HTV. If you want to learn more about how to use puff HTV with a Cricut EasyPress, then read this blog post.
Which side goes down on puff vinyl?
When setting up the puff HTV to be cut, make sure you put it matte side down on the cutting mat. (Remember, shiny side up!)
Then, use masking tape to secure the vinyl to the cutting mat so that it doesn’t move around in your Cricut machine.
How To Get The Design For Your Socks
To help you with this project, I’ve included a free SVG design that you can use.
To download the design to your computer, fill in your name and email address in the form below. You will receive an email with a link to download a zip folder that has the files in it.
Once that is downloaded onto your computer, unzip it.
How To Make The No Skid Socks With Puff Heat Transfer Vinyl
Once you have the files downloaded to your computer, you will need to upload them into your design software.
Next, resize the design to match the size of the sock you are using. This step is important! All socks have slightly different sizes, so make sure you take the time to measure your socks and adjust the size of the design accordingly. The width of the design should be less than the actual width of the sock.
Once you have cut out your vinyl, you will need to weed out the design with your weeding tool.
Then, using the cardboard, cut a form that is slightly bigger than your sock. Once that is done, you can pull the sock over the form.
Then it’s just a matter of placing the puff heat transfer vinyl design onto your sock and using your heat press. I put my socks into the heat press for 10 seconds each at 310 degrees Fahrenheit.
Repeat this process with as many socks as you are making and enjoy!
How To Wash Your Socks
To keep your socks looking brand new, it is recommended that you machine wash them inside-out, in cold water, on a gentle cycle. Also try to use a mild detergent if you can.
To dry them, you can either hang them or put them into the machine dryer on a low heat, tumble cycle.
Doing this is especially important for the first wash as you don’t want to ruin the vinyl. However, I recommend doing this anytime you wash them.