How to Make Your Own Sock Grips

with Brick­® 600 Heat Transfer Vinyl

It’s been exceptionally cold in the Midwest lately. The snow and ice have kept many (including myself!) at home cuddling up instead of commuting to school and work. One of my favorite ways to stay warm and cozy is wearing fluffy fuzzy socks. I’m sure you’ve probably seen these popular socks at the Dollar Store, in the Target Dollar Bin, at Bath & Body Works or really anywhere socks are sold. Sometimes these socks come with rubber-y grips on the bottom for added traction and “no-slip grip.” If you’re slipping and sliding in your socks because they don’t have grips, then I have a quick trick for you using Siser’s thickest heat transfer vinyl, Brick® 600!

Here’s what you need to make your own Sock Grips…

DIY Sock Grip Supplies

 

First thing to do is measure your foot and see about how much space there is to fill. The midsection of my foot is about 3″x4″, and I’m a women’s size 9, so if you’re near that you could probably get away this measurement. If you’re decorating kids’ socks though, you’ll definitely want to take your own measurements.

Use a scrap piece of cardboard and scissors to make a template. The template acts as a guideline to ensure you decorate the intended portion of the sock as well as stretches the fabric slightly to allow for a smooth, even pressing surface. You could also use a heat transfer pillow to make a smooth surface, but it won’t double as your size guide like the cardboard does.

Measure and cut cardboard templatePut cardboard template inside fuzzy sock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I can replicate the 3″x4″ square in Cricut Design Space so I can size my snowflake shapes appropriately. I figured out if the snowflakes are 1″ I can fit 8 of them on the socks. Before clicking “Make It”, I deletee the square so just the snowflakes will be cut.

Snowflake sock grip cut file in Cricut Design Space

 

Brick 600 is over 6 times the thickness of EasyWeed® HTV, so it requires a deeper cut setting. I highly suggest performing a test cut before you commit to cutting your full design. Check out this post for test cut basics and how to identify a good cut and a bad cut so you can find the best setting for your blade. Remember, new blades are sharper and will need lower cut settings, while older blades are duller and will need higher cut settings. Our suggested cut settings can be found on every product page of our website bellow “Cutter Settings.” Click here for Brick’s recommended cut settings.

Don’t be intimidated by Brick‘s thick appearance though! Like most other HTV’s, it still goes on your cutting mat with the carrier (shiny) side down. Load the mat into the machine and send your design to cut.

Cutting Brick 600 on the Cricut Explore Air

Place Brick 600 on the cutting mat with the carrier side down

 

After cutting: unload the mat, peel the sheet of HTV away from the mat, and trim the excess with scissors. If you didn’t do a test cut, it’s possible the carrier was cut through. You’ll know this happened if your cut shapes stay behind on the mat when you peel up the sheet of HTV. While this isn’t ideal, all is not lost! Keep reading for the trick to applying those loose pieces.

Brick 600 cut too deep on the Cricut

If your shapes stay on the cutting mat while lifting the sheet of HTV away, you’ve cut too deep.

 

If your cut settings were tested, then you likely had a typical weeding process and ended up with something similar to the picture below. Note that Brick 600 has a static carrier and not a sticky carrier like EasyWeed. Static carriers require a little extra patience and care when weeding since anything that gets removed can not be re-stuck to the carrier.

Weeding Brick 600 from its static carrier

The carrier was not cut through so all the shapes stayed on the carrier.

 

Now that we have our sock grips cut out, it’s time to apply them! Let’s start with the pieces that were cut too deep and that trick I promised you guys. To keep your loose pieces in place, heat tape does the trick! This heat safe tape is usually blue or red and is a great tool to have around. Just make sure your HTV is laying with the carrier side up and the adhesive side touching the fabric before securing it in place with a piece of the tape.

Use heat tape to secure loose sock grips

Brick 600 sock grips taped down for heat application

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since my cardboard template is already inside the sock, it’s ready for some heat! My iron is set to “Cotton” and no steam. Before heating, place a heat transfer cover sheet (parchment paper or Teflon can also be used) on top of the socks. Then press firmly for 10-15 seconds. I had to press in 2 sections to get all the heat transfer vinyl applied. Make sure to focus the center of the iron on the HTV since it is the hottest and gets cooler around the edges.

How to iron on Brick 600 heat transfer vinyl sock grips Press iron firmly on Brick 600 sock grips

 

After pressing, wait until the carriers are completely cool before peeling. Brick 600 is a cold peel and will lift if you peel the carrier while it’s still warm. Removing the carrier is easy if it wasn’t cut through. If it was though, a Siser Weeder can be useful to help separate the carrier from the HTV.

Use a Siser Weeder to separate the carrier from Brick 600

A Siser Weeder helps to separate the carrier from the applied HTV.

Peel the carrier cold from Brick 600 heat transfer vinyl

 

When all the carriers are gone, you’re left with a pair of custom socks that are ready to keep your toes warm and won’t slip thanks to your DIY Brick 600 sock grips! Keep in mind that HTV adheres to fibers and fuzzy socks have long fibers, so if any HTV appears to be lifting, it’s likely just stuck to the long bits of fabric and will shift as the fibers do. That doesn’t mean that these bad boys can’t be washed though! They’ve already been through 5 normal wash and dry cycles and are still hanging on strong.

Finished pair of custom fuzzy socks with DIY snowflake sock grips made from Brick 600 iron on vinyl

I had so much fun making these, I decided to make a few more!

Iron on sock grips for fuzzy socks in snowflakes, hearts, and kitty cat faces.

Cats, hearts, and snowflakes can all be sock grips!

Rather see a video of the process? Click here to watch how we made the heart sock grips with Brick 600!

 

If you like this craft, please pin this post to Pinterest.

 

Not all fuzzy socks are grippie, but now they can be with Brick™ 600 heat transfer vinyl! This step by step tutorial will show you how to make your own sock grips with your Cricut, home iron, and Brick™ 600

By |2019-02-14T15:14:27-04:00February 15th, 2019|Heat Transfer Vinyl|0 Comments

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Lily is Siser's go-to crafter. Her ideas and abilities to incorporate HTV into her projects is inspiring. Well versed in Heat Transfer Vinyl, Lily embraces the methods and materials to deliver creative content week after week!

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