Green Pepper 504 Polar Socks
These socks make great gifts:
If your local Joann's doesn't have it, order it from http://www.thegreenpepper.com/ or http://www.sewingpatterns.com/.
One year I traced all the nieces' and nephews' feet at Thanksgiving, then made polar fleece "house socks" for all of them for Christmas. I used the Green Pepper polar socks pattern # 504, short version with no ribbing. sometimes I turn the top about 3/8-inch to the inside and topstitch with zigzag stitching, and sometimes I don't.
Instead of a cuff or band at the top, I turn the fabric to the inside and use a wide zigzag stitch to affix.
Because I use fabric paint on them, I prewash the fabric and make sure to omit fabric softener, which prevents fabric paint from sticking very long (ask me about my spaghetti T-shirt). To be on the safe side, I usually prewash my fleece, and add some white vinegar to the rinse water.
This step I do after assembling the socks, but some people do this before assembly. I draw swirls and squiggles with glossy fabric paint (ex: Tulip paints) on the sole of one sock, press the sole of the other sock onto that one, pull apart, and let dry at least 24 hours. If I have time, I often draw another layer of paint over the designs to make the layer of paint thicker, and let it dry again. This makes them nonskid with the paint embedded in the fleece without buying the expensive woven fabric with non-skid dots sold for footed PJs.
A few years ago, my daughter made herself a pair with the very thin fleece, and sometimes wore these socks with her sandals on cold days (to middle school, nonetheless - obviously didn't care what other people thought!). These socks are not hard to do, or my daughter wouldn't have done them, and we only use a zigzag stitch.
More recently I've made them for my parents and coworkers as Christmas gifts.
Here are two views of a pair which I trimmed with novelty yarn. I used puffy paint to add a non-skid design to the soles: