I had to cut some of my husband's socks down, he is having problems from a heredity problem and has to stay off his feet. Has any one got any idea what I can make out of the tops. Thank you.
I've used them for "sweat bands" around the tops of my rubber gloves when cleaning up high with water to catch the water that would otherwise run into my gloves or down (up) my arms. Also for bands around things I roll up to store: rugs, mats, etc. They work great, last forever, and don't leave creases in things. In a pinch, you can use them for hair bands, too (nylon ones).
I have worn them on my wrists with heat packs stuffed inside when I have an ache or sprain. I also used black ones to slip-cover my neon colored ankle weights so I can wear them at work.
When my daughter came back from AF basic training, she showed me how they had to put their hair up by rolling the top part of a sock into a 'super scrunchi'. It was the darndest thing! She could use it just as a ponytail holder, and/or wrapping her hair around it to make a perfect bun.
You could turn them into little sachets for your drawers, a seam across the bottom; drawstring across the top.
You might be able to use them in the garden. Cut into circular strips and fold them in half to make a figure of 8. Then use them to to stake up bushes to a bamboo cane. You might have to twist them round twice.
If they are thick, how about knee pads for when you scrub or garden. Or beanbags for kids by sewing one end shut, fill with beans or rice (which is lighter and doesn't hurt when they throw them at each other) and then sew the other end closed.
This is similar to the cup covers. I used to take kids old socks , cut off feet, hem the raw end, then use them over cold pop bottles or cans. Makes them easier to hold, not so cold anymore, and absorbs the water from the sweating bottle or can.
Depending on the size of the sock tops, you might be able to cut them into loops and weave them on a pot holder loom.
Sew a seam across one end, add velcro tabs to the other end, put in leftover ends of soap bars, and use them for scrubbies in the tub. Better than the ones you buy.
You could always across the top and bottom, leaving an opening to fill it with feed corn or rice to make hot packs. All you need to do is microwave the packs when you need a heat pad.
My mother in law made a quilt out of the tops of woolen socks, back in the day when reuse/recycle was the only way to make ends meet.
Another idea, if they are cotton socks, is to use them for small disposable cloths, such as you might use for shoe polishing or something like that.
I have to cut off the tops my socks too, Angie. I use them to put round the ends of coat hangers to stop silky tops etc from slipping off. Also if the tops are a dark colour, my daughter uses them as bands for her pony-tail. Hope this helps.
Some where in ThriftyFun, there is a tip on making hats for snowmen/women/families. I think the family was made out of empty creamer bottles.
Maybe Susan can find it?
Editor's Note: Here it is:
Crochet the cut end to prevent raveling, maybe in a contrasting color. Then use as fingerless gloves -- all the rage now! (Who would have thought a Madonna-inspired 80s fashion would come back!) Also, I used the tops of children's socks as sweat-absorbers for my feet when wearing some types of sandals and clogs. They didn't show and really helped. Now you can buy this type of thing in stores though.
Add some elastic fold over and stitch in place. Now, you have some hair scrunchies to hold hair in pony tails and they make good rubber bands for things you don't won't ruined and need to keep bundled up.
If you live in a colder climate and have children, you can sew them onto the top of the cuffs of their mitts & gloves to make them longer. Manufacturers are notorious for making mitts and gloves that end at the wrist.
Sew the bottoms closed and use them to put glasses and stemware into for safe keeping, or in your R.V to keep them "bang" proof while travelling.
You can make sweaters for small pets like puppies or small dogs and cats too. Just cut slits for the front legs. Works great!
I just got this idea while reading others. One suggested I fill with rice to make a hot-moist pack. But, make it big enough to go around your hands and maybe fingers. I had been trying to find a hot pack just for my fingers. With your questions and answers; I got mine too. thanks to all!
I'm going to get my "Widow" (no mates) sock bag out now and make me some.
Use the tops to make sleeve cuffs. You need to use long sox, fold it back on itself, hand stitch the cut edges or machine zig-zag to keep from fraying. I've added these 'sock cuffs' to the inside of a winter jacket in which the sleeves are big and open. The inside cuff keeps the wind out. Add cuffs winter pajamas, keeps them low on the leg, also good on sweat pants.
I slip old sock tops over my arms when I garden or clean. It protects your arms from scratches or spray paint splatters.
By Charlotte in Louisiana
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Make a holder for your i-pod with the cuff of an athletic sock. I turned the cuff inside out & hand stitched it at the bottom. It's a cozy, protective container for electronics. I've purchased leather holders with arm bands,etc...but this cheapie is by far my favorite. It slips nicely into jacket pockets too.
I want to say thank you to everyone who responded to my request. God bless and have a good weekend.
I use worn out socks with good tops and sew the bottoms for a scratch proof pouch for cell phone, remote control, jewelry, pearls, sunglasses, etc. I cut both tops lengthwise once, sew into a larger tube, gather and sew the top raw edge for a sleep cap on cold winter nights.
I have used mateless or worn out socks and sock tops for dog toys for years. Take cotton socks, slit down the length of them on both sides but leave the toe intact and unfold so it is twice the length. Knot 3 of these together and braid tightly, knot the other end or sew firmly. Makes a great tug and chew toy (best for dogs that aren't inclined to chew up your things, or you could have more odd socks than you bargained for). For sock tops, slit down one side and sew or knot a few together to get enough length.
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