Wendy-Lou from Chilcotin, British Columbia
Keep paint splatters off you shoes by putting old socks over your
I save old socks that have holes in them for use in the garden to
tie up flowers, etc.
By ldslupie (06/18/2004)
A great idea that I had seen this past week while volunteering at
a Girl Scout day camp was they had used nylon stockings and put a
bar of soap inside of them and tied them to a water jug to use as
a handwashing station. (06/21/2004)
Got a little one crawling? Cut the toes of the socks off and
slide over your little ones knees for extra protection during
crawling and playing. (06/22/2004)
I have a couple suggestions:
for dolls (such as a Barbie doll), by cutting the toe-part off
and just getting a lil creative.
reindeer for Christmas.
You simply stuff the sock with fluff or anything really, and
then tie an elastic around the opening, then glue the front part
of the sock down so it looks like a head and a neck. The rest you
can leave to your imagination, be creative! (This is also a fun
project for kids to work on!) (08/18/2004)
You can cut the tops off and then cut them down the back or
bottom open them out and they make great dish rags or what ever.
I haven't bought a dish rag in several years. If they get really
ucky I throw them out. I always have plenty of old socks.
Here's a use for unmated socks. Make shoe fresheners. Fill the
sock with kitty litter (make to absorb odor and wetness), sew or
rubberband the top, and place into shoe. Shoes should be fresher
and drier in a few hours. (08/20/2004)
By Cheryl from MO
When doing laundry, I pull out any socks with holes or that are
stretched out and put them in the rag bag. When dusting, socks
work great to get into the little crevices. Just put it on your
hand to do the dusting. When done I just toss it or rewash it.
There is never a short supply of socks in the rag bag.
By Amy (10/15/2004)
Another idea for dusting with socks. Slip a sock, turned inside
out (so the loops show and catches more dust), over the end of a
yardstick. Now you can reach those cobwebs on the ceiling and in
the corners. It's up to you if you want to wash it or trash it
when you're done. (10/16/2004)
By Cheryl from MO
Make dishrags. My favorite dishrags are from old socks. Here's
how: Uses 2 socks. Cut off the toes. Cut each in half
lengthwise. Turn one around so the cuff of one sock is aligned
with the bottom portion of the other. This makes a nicer cloth
that way and people can't readily tell it's socks you're washing
your dishes with. Sew them together. Now, sew across the bumps
the heels make and cut away that extra fabric, making it flat.
Zig-zag around the edges. This takes only 10 minutes and you
have a nice wash cloth. (10/18/2004)
Make a soap-holding washcloth for the shower. Cut 2 old socks in
half lengthwise, sew them together. Using 2 socks gives you more
fabric for a nicer washcloth. Now sew up 3 sides to make a
"bag". Sew almost all the 4th side too, leaving an opening just
big enough to put small pieces of soaps inside. Turn right side
out. Sew an old shoelace (cut off the ends or they'll scratch
you) or use a piece of trim sewn to the top so you can cinch it
together after you put soap into the bag. Insert soap, tie it
up, and use. (10/18/2004)
Old socks make great beanbags and are easy to make. Or you can
stuff them with scrap fabric for a softer, indoor bean bag game.
Very silly ghost toys. Stuff an old white sock, draw or
embroider a scary face on it. These are perfect for scaring
Hand warmers. Cut the toes off, cut a slit for your thumbs, and
you have an impromptu pair of fingerless mittens for keeping your
hands warm while you write letters, study, type, or do housework.
I tied three of my husband's old socks together and made a great
toy for our dogs. :) (11/05/2004)
I use old socks to put a bun in my hair. Cut the toe part off
and roll the sock to form a donut. Place it over my ponytail and
cover the sock with my ponytail. (12/09/2004)
Do not throw your old socks away. Save them as they make
effective bandages for hard-to-dress areas on horses' (and dogs')
By joesgirl (01/01/2005)
me a small tube. I then take them and make pot holders by weaving
them together using a loom made of nails and boards forming a
rug for in front of your sink or stove.
holder, fold all towards each other and make a basket.
Decorate each with RIT dye for brite colors as most socks are
cotton and most food dyes will wash out or leave a pale color.
You may even try doing a tie dye look for fun.
Cut off the cuff of sock and turn inside out. Sew across bottom
and turn right side out. Slip over your Crisco oil or other
vegetable oil bottle in your cabinets and keeps from getting oily
spots in your cabinets.
By Georgia (01/12/2005)
For those of you who give their dogs plastic soda bottles to chew
on, here's another idea for your old socks and pop bottles. Take
one plastic pop bottle (about 20 ounces) and put about 4 or 5
dried beans inside the bottle and put the cap on. Slip this
bottle (cap side up) inside an old adult- sized sock and tie a
knot at the top near the cap. Now give it to your dog for some
chewing fun! This works best with tube socks because they are a
bit longer, but crew socks will also work. Cheap and fun!
I had a pair of knee socks, and I didn't like the up to the knee
feeling. So since Jim needed new cuffs on his work jacket, I cut
off the six inches off the tops of my socks folded them and after
removing the old torn cuffs, I resewed the sock tops onto the
jacket! It really looks like they were meant to be there! He
couldn't believe it. (and I love my socks now) (01/13/2005)
I cut down the socks to fit onto my "Swiffer" for washing floors
or dusting. I also use unwearable old clothing (holey shirts,
By Kathy (01/13/2005)
Slip one of those old socks over a yardstick and use it to clean
under your refrigerator. Beats having to move that heavy
Keep an old pair of socks around in case you lose your gloves or
mittens. If the need ever arises slip the sock over your hands.
It may not be stylish, but it will do for the time being.
A lady I know cuts the tops off of old socks (that the elastic is
still good) and uses them around her water bottles that she's
partially froze and refilled with water, so her hands don't get
By Terri H. (05/03/2005)
Heck, I put the whole sock over my frozen water bottle to keep it
cold longer and as the water freezes the sock absorbs the
Old socks make the warmest quilts you'll ever have. Use clean,
stain free socks to make a patchwork quilt. Just cut out usable
portions and sew together until you get the size you want.
This is a wonderful "as you grow" project. Start with your
children's baby socks (or clothes) and each birthday take time
(together) to add that years collection to the quilt. Be sure to
date each sock with the year. By the time they go off to college
or move out on their own, they have a warm quilt and a lifetime
of wonderful memories of time spent with just you. Add your own
socks too, just mark whose is whose.
Add socks from special occasions when possible (even if still
Easy, even for people who cannot sew. (07/02/2005)
You can use them for polishing shoes. Fill them with rice and
microwave them for sore muscles. Use extra long ones as back
scrubbers. Also great for wrist sweat bands and head sweat bands.
Be traditional! Make your old socks into sock puppets. They're
You could put them on you dog or cat and have them be foot
Divide the sock into 3 parts and fill them up with rice. Put a
pipe cleaner as a nose, buttons for eyes and for coal.
I happened across an old mop head that opens up to take a long
set of mop strings bound in the center. I laid 6-8 old tube socks
to make a wide rectangle, then sewed down the center to hold them
together. Works great and I can wash it in the washer!
Sometimes we use them to wash the car and there's enough of them
so everybody can help. (06/21/2006)
This has been passed down through the women in my family from the
Depression Era. Make "rag curls". Cut socks into small strips.
Take a large or small portion of hair, tie sock strip at the
bottom of the lock of hair, roll up to the scalp, then tie again.
You get very nice, tight, fun curls! Works best when done with
wet hair, and sets overnight. (06/25/2006)
Use ribbing tops of socks to sew on mittens and then they stay
neatly on the child and can tuck under a sweater neatly before
the coat is put on.
(I actually make the mittens first out of old sweaters and then
sew extra long "old sock" cuffs.
If the colours match up it actually can look quite trendy.
Put two tennis balls side by side tightly in the toe of the sock.
Tie the rest of the sock into a tight knot up against the tennis
balls. While in the bed, on the floor or in your recliner, place
the tennis balls under your neck one on each side of your
neckbone. This was suggested to me by my massage therapist and is
great for relieving stress and tightness of the neck. (04/02/2007)
This is a great game for outdoor boy parties and such. It works
best with old nylon men's socks or women's knee highs or even the
toe ends of worn out panty hose. Just fill the toe end of the
sock/stocking with flour and tie up the open end. Make plenty of
these, at least 10 per child. Use a timer and say "Go" when
they are to start. Then they can play army or war and "bomb"
each other and it is very child friendly, low cost, easy to tell
when you have been "tagged" or "bombed" and makes for a fun time
for all. After the timer goes off, they get to count who got hit
the most times and who won! This was such a big hit at a birthday
party for my tween son! They brush themselves off and beg
to play. Again and again! (07/08/2007)
I use them as a throw in front of the door way where air creeps
in. I have one long sock and stuff it with old socks and tie it
at the end, you may to use two stuff sock tied together in order
to make it long enough. You can also use it for your pets to play
with, and it won't cost you a cent. (07/11/2007)
where the catnip is shut, then wrap the rest of the sock around
this, (inside-out) then twist again, then inside out again and
twist again until I have a "Catnip Ball".
My cat has the best time, rolling this sock-ball around the room
and attacking it!
shut to make your own "Powder Puffs".
mirrors to keep them from fogging up.
Pour one cup of uncooked rice into the toe of a sock (make sure
there is no hole in the toe). Tie the sock off above the rice.
Voila! You have a therapy rice bag. Heat it in the microwave for
20-30 seconds, and then use the warm bag on sore muscles, aching
joints, painful sinuses, whatever. Make sure that you use a
tighter knit sock, not a loose one that the rice grains will fall
through. You can add some dried herbs before tying a knot so that
you have a scented rice bag, peppermint for relaxation, sage for
headaches, rosemary because it smells so nice. (07/14/2007)
Comment: I've never enjoyed any posting more than this one. Way
to go everyone. I have a tub of mismatched socks right now I can
hardly wait to "play" with. Thanks (09/13/2007)
Very cool idea, I don't have long hair and I never wear a bun,
but that is clever. (07/08/2008)
Make an iPod holder, works well with those real cool socks that
you just can't seem to throw out. (07/28/2008)
Old socks filled with beans or rice and closed with a tight knot
are a one-minute, no-money, effective solution to craft your own
photographic bean bag yourself quite easily.
A bean bag is basically a compact cradle for your camera to rest
on and do not shake while shooting photographs: it is very handy
when you cannot carry a tripod with you.
You can find a bit more about photo bean bags and how to craft
one starting at the link below:
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