I’d bought two big packages of new socks just before my accident. One package was gray and another black. They were men’s crew socks, but practical and reasonably priced. So, when I got home after my accident, I found all these new socks waiting for me. However, now that I can’t walk, the tops of the socks seemed too tight,...enough to hinder my circulation. Also, toward evening, I tend to have some swelling in my foot and calf, and that definitely makes the tops of the socks too tight. I found a great solution today. I slit the sock part way down the front and inserted a triangle of denim. I did this to two socks. I’ve been wearing one, and it works great. Here’s a photo.
Yes, this is my foot and leg. You can see how tight the sock would be without my inserted denim triangle. I’m “tickled pink” to have found a way to use all those socks.
Thanks, Lara. Yes, I did these with hand stitching...just a needle and thread. Even if I’d had my good sewing machine up and running, I think that it would be overkill for this project. I should add that I used a rectagle of fabric, then trimmed the excess corners after it was finished. (But don’t trim it close. Leave about an inch of fabric on the seam.) I didn’t start out with a triangle. The rectangle was more “forgiving”. Put the middle of the rectangle near the “V”, about an inch above it. Also, start sewing down at the “V” at the bottom, and come up to the top edge. Do the same on the other side. Make sure the rectangle is much longer,...by two or three extra inches,...than what it looks like you’ll need. You will just fold that extra to the inside when you are through sewing up the sides, tack the top edge, and trim it off a little later on, after you’re satisfied. I used double thread and a very small backstitch on the sides, like the one illustrated here: byhandlondon.com/blogs/by-hand-london/11628717-four-hand-stitches-you-need-to-know
As it says: “Mending clothes by hand - the back stitch creates a strong seam and can reach awkward, fiddly places that a sewing machine can't. From the right side, the back stitch looks like a straight machine stitch, but the stitches overlap on the wrong side.”
Probably the hardest part will be figuring out how to put the two pieces together so that, when you turn it back “right side out”, it looks like mine does, rather than having the raw edges hanging on the outside. Believe me, I’ve done that before! Nothing teaches patience like sewing.