For those of us whose feet never seem to warm up until the dog days of summer, this project is for you! (Or for a gift for your cold-footed friends!) These easy to sew socks of fleece have a removable muslin insert filled with rice. The whole sock can be microwaved, and the rice will hold the heat for a long time to bring welcome warmth to your lower extremities while you sit and relax. In fact, I am sitting here, my feet basking in the warmth of these creations while I compose this tutorial (who would have believed it is snowing outside today, the 2nd day of March, in Atlanta, Georgia?). The inserts can be removed when laundering the socks.
For this project, you will need:
1/2 yard of fleece fabric for sock
1/4 yard of muslin for insert
approx. 3 cups of uncooked white rice
small scoop or spoon
To begin, cut out the required number of pieces from the fleece and muslin as directed from the attached patterns. I wear a womens' size 9, which is what these patterns are based on. If you copy each of the pattern pieces provided onto an 8-1/2 X 11" sheet of paper, they will be true to size. Note that points A and B of the upper sock and toe patterns need to meet on the dotted lines, as they would not fit on one sheet of paper. You can reduce or enlarge according to the size foot of the wearer by drawing an outline around the proper foot. If you do this, be sure to lengthen or shorten the side of the sock accordingly.
Please note the horizontal lines drawn across the sole insert pattern. You can mark these on your muslin pieces if you like or just use the pattern as a guide for sewing these lines later. Also note the small section to be left open when joining the sole insert pieces.
ALSO NEEDED are two rectangular pieces of fleece measuring 6 X 11" for the cuffs of the socks.