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Give something unique a go and try your hand at our sock guards project! Sock guards are a great creation for protecting socks and boots on job sites, during hiking, gardening and much more! They will stop stones, dirt and debris from getting into your footwear and keep you comfortable. 

This project is quick, simple and is a great option for any level of sewing, from beginner to advanced. 


  • 1 x fat quarter of medium weight cotton fabric
  • 20” of ¼” elastic
  • Rasant thread (closest match to your fabric)
  • Safety Pin
  • Sewing Machine


1. From the Fat Quarter, cut 2 rectangles 8½” x 18”.
Sock Guards

2. Fold & press ⅛” over on the bottom long edge of each rectangle.
Sock Guards

3. On the same edge fold a further ¼” of each rectangle, press, pin in place and stitch. This is the bottom hem.
Sock Guards

4. Fold & press ⅛” over on the top long edge of each rectangle and stitch down.
Sock Guards

5. Cut the 20” piece of elastic in half and pull each piece to stretch.
Sock Guards

6. Make a casing for the ¼” elastic by folding the fabric over ⅝” (15mm), press then stitch close to the edge.
Sock Guards

7. Take the safety pin and attach to one end of the 10” piece of elastic. Using the safety pin, insert the elastic into the casing. Push through until the end of the elastic is flush with the end of the casing. Stitch in place firmly to secure the elastic into the casing. Continue to push the safety pin through the casing until the elastic is threaded through. Secure the other end by stitching in place with several stitches.

Sock Guards
Sock Guards
Sock Guards

8. Trim any surplus elastic to the edge of the casing.
Sock Guards

9. We are using a French seam to stitch the Sock Guard together. This is to provide a fully enclosed Sock Guard with no raw seams, which will minimise wear and tear as I am sure these will be washed a lot! To create a French seam the Sock Guard will be stitched with WRONG sides together. Starting from the top (elastic edge), pin down the seam and stitch a ¼” seam. Trim the seam back as close as you can without cutting it (approximately ⅛”). Press the seam.

Sock Guards
Sock Guards

10. Turn the Sock Guard to wrong sides out, and pin from the BOTTOM of the guard, ensuring the top and bottom edges are flush. Stitch using a ¼” seam, reversing at the bottom and top of the guard to strengthen the seam.

Sock Guards
Sock Guards

11. Turn the Sock Guard to the right side and press.

12. Repeat the process for the next Sock Guard!


Sock Guards
Sock Guards


13. Project complete!


These Sock Guards can also be donated to charity. If you want to contribute to a great cause, the charities listed below accept our handmade sock guards to gift to those who need them most. Just send your creations in to the mailing address provided. 

Are you a charity that would accept this item? Contact us to have your details added here.


Drought Angels
PO Box 451
Chinchilla QLD 4413

Alternative address:
29 Malduf Street
Chinchilla QLD 4413


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Comments (1)


By: Dell. on 31 August 2022
I've sewn avout 50 of these to give away so just checked your site to see if there was an easier way. . I sew mine the same as yours. You have an interesting site with lots of content.

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