I had so much fun creating these little gems. I am going to bring you through each piece step by step of how I made these. I’ll spurt out some tips and tricks along the way but please put your own spunk into them and send pictures of your finished products so that I can post them up here for more ideas in my DIY Baby Shower Invitation section.
Let’s start with…The sock!
I searched quite a bit for a sock that would fit my purpose. Price definitely MATTERS. I found two solutions for the easiest and least expensive route. The first solution is Old Navy. I chose white for the purpose of being able to paint on them and also I did not want a gender-specific color. Old Navy has a wide range of options, most of which you can also order online and use coupons to save as well.
These little bundles are great, although they are not much different in size from their regular white baby socks. I mostly used 0-3 month socks since they were a tad smaller and fit easier into the envelopes. Socks with a “neck” on them work best for the invitation to filter down. Ones without the neck may not fit properly. Here is the link to purchase Old Navy socks online: OLD NAVY 0-3 Mo. Socks.
Recently I just found another pair of baby socks that fit the bill perfectly! They are actually almost half the price of Old Navy socks and are a slight bit smaller but still fit the invite without a problem. You can purchase these in Buy Buy Baby or on their website here: Gerber 0-3 Mo. Socks. These socks are also a bit nicer because they do not have anything written on the actual sock (as Old Navy does). If you decide to purchase these remember to unfold the top to make the neck longer to fit the entire invite.
Pick a font, almost any font. The easiest way to do this is to type your letter out (in Word, Illustrator, Phototshop or whichever program is easiest) and flip through your fonts to see what catches your attention. The key to this is to find a bold enough font that is easy to cut out. Thin lines usually do not translate well. I would try to stay around 1.5” in width and 1.5”-1.75” in height. Once you have found your font, print it. I suggest using a heavier paper (at least 65lb cover weight) so that it holds up through multiple layers of paint. Hold it up to the sock to make sure it looks like it will fit. Go ahead and cut it out. I personally use an xacto and ruler because it seems more precise but small scissors could work. Remember, if your letter has a hole cut out in the center you will have to use a thin line to connect it to the outer region of the stencil (as shown here).
Martha Stewart also sells letter stencils that can be used for these. You can find them at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, Walmart or Amazon. Just check to make sure they are the correct size.
The colors I used to paint were from the Martha Stewart Craft Collection called Pea Shoot (green) and Yellowjacket (yellow). Both of these colors match the printed invite pretty well. Since I wanted to do a variety of yellow and green monograms I divided up the socks and painted all of the yellow ones first, then after the stencil dried (10 minutes) I painted the green ones. Simple, fun and great to do while watching your favorite flick!
The Bow (and Button)
I found two lovely ribbon colors for variation on this. The width is 3/8” which seems pretty fitting for this invitation. The easiest way to do this is to make all of the bows at once. I just tied them straight from the ribbon roll and cut them once knotted. The buttons I bought in a variety pack from Michaels. You can get them at any of the shops mentioned above for a fair price.
I found buying in bulk was a bit less expensive and after weeding out all of the yellow and green buttons I had more than enough to fill over 60 invites.
After your bows are made, grab a light colored thread and needle and sew them right to the sock. Wherever you want really. I chose the top corner because I liked the placement and weight of it best there.
This is the easiest part of the invitation! Go to my Rock My Invites Etsy store (you can click on the link below) and purchase the template under our “Printable Invitation Files.” Choose the “Cute As A Button” option. Please include all of your personal information that you would like on there. Requests for color changes are also available at no extra cost. Once you have purchased this template you will receive a double-sided PDF for print (I would suggest printing on a thicker paper, at least 65lb cover stock). Once printed, cut invitations out and fold in half. Jiggle them into the sock and there you have it…your very own DIY Baby Shower Invitation!
Don’t forget to send pics of your lovely invites for us all to see and comment below if you have any questions.