While I was knitting them, I studied the ball band for information about the composition of the yarn and noticed a circle with the text: ‘Geschenkverpackung auf der Rückseite!’ (It was a German yarn). Gift wrap on back – what could that be? Ah, the inside of the ball band was a gift label!
What a lovely idea! If we’d been speakers of German I would have used it straightaway. But we aren’t, and I’d rather have one in Dutch. So I decided to borrow the idea and make a personalized gift label for my cat-loving friend.
I gift-wrapped the socks, added a Birthday card and mailed them. I think socks are a perfect gift, especially now. What’s nicer than to give someone the gift of warm feet? Choosing the recipient’s favourite colours makes it even better. They fit into a letter box, are fairly lightweight and won’t break during transport.
I enjoyed this simple spot of crafting so much, that one dark and rainy afternoon I got my crafts supplies out again and made more. (If some photos look rather yellowish, it’s because of the lamp light.)
If you’d like to make some sock gift labels too, here’s what you’ll need:
Sock Gift Labels – List of Supplies
- A pot of tea, mug of coffee or other comforting beverage
- Calming and/or uplifting music, or blissful silence
- Thick paper (1 A4-sheet will make 4 labels)
- Clear tape
- A flat surface/something to protect your table
- Any other crafts supplies you have, like: stamps, inkpads, washi tape, markers, felt tips, coloured crayons/pencils, stickers…
- And one or more pairs of handknit socks, of course!
Start by marking off one or several 25cm (10”) x 5cm (2”) strips, using your pencil and ruler. Cut them out.
Now let your creativity flow! Here is some inspiration.
I started with some very simple ones, using just some washi tape.
Then stamps and a marker in monochrome.
After that, I added in a little colour using washi tape and a coloured ink pad, matching the colours to the sock yarn.
Several days later, I got out my brand new box of coloured pencils to add colour to a few more.
(A while ago, our local supermarket gave out coupons with which we could save up for lovely boxes of coloured pencils and sketchbooks. A nice change from the usual storage boxes and towels. It even has metallics like silver, gold and bronze!)
Adding colour to the stamped motifs was so much fun! On this one, I matched the colours to the sock yarn again.
Sometimes I knit socks with a specific ‘victim’ in mind, and sometimes I just knit socks because I feel like it and will see who they’ll go to later. Adding washing instructions to the label is always a good idea. And in the latter case adding the size is useful, too.
Here are 3 more pairs of socks in shades of blue and green, with labels decorated with stamps and washi tape.
I’ve really enjoyed playing around with my crafts supplies – I hadn’t used them for ages. They made me forget the time and all the woes of the world for a few hours. If you now feel inspired to make your own sock gift labels, I hope it’ll work like that for you, too. Have fun!
Bye for now and lots of love.