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Decorating plain socks with beads turns the mundane into a unique clothing item. This is a guide about beaded socks.
This is a guide about making a sock cupcake. This is a cute way to give a gift of socks.
This is a guide about making a sock snowman. With some simple accessories, you can turn a plain sock into an adorable snowman. They are cute decorations for around the house and make great gifts too.
This is a guide about making a sock puppet. Sock puppets are fun to make and even more fun for your little ones to play with.
Repurpose sock tops to help keep your arms warm on cold days. This is a guide about sock tops for arm warmers.
Never throw anything away that can be recycled. For socks, I cut the toe off and cut the sock in circles about an inch wide. You can interlace them, roll them into a ball, and use them as you would use crochet cord; making whatever you want - rugs, slippers, even throws.
I also interweave the circles around my fingers in a way that makes long strips that you can sew together and make animal beds, which I have done. They make nice soft thick beds or rugs for animals and humans.
You can crochet anything from your ball of "sock yarn", as I like to call it, it just won't all be one color, but you will have a colorful article when you make your items. Good luck with your socks of many colors.
By Peggy from Tunkhannock, PA
That is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing!
This is Elsy she is made from Red Heel Socks, the kind used for sock monkeys. I used one sock for her body and sewed it into a fish shape. Then I cut her arms and mouth from the other sock. Hand stitch the fins. Her hair is that twisty yarn used for scarves.
I love making things that require no pattern or few instructions. This "Little Monster" is made from an orphaned sock, scrape fabric, and my imagination.
Use the ribbed ankle part of a cotton sock for "security wrist guards".
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Use for cleaning small messes or for dusting. Slide on a yard stick and secure with a rubberband to dust under fridges, freezers, washers, dryers, beds, etc.
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This is a wonderful "as you grow" project. Start with your childrens 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 brand new)
Easy, Easy, Easy, even for people who can not sew.
Use your imagination! Kids can come up with the most fun ideas - ask THEM! My children, when very small, would love to play like she was folding laundry by playing in the mismatched sock basket.
When I was a youngin long ago a friend of mine's mother made a old sock baseball. It wouldn't go as far as a Wiffle ball but we sure had many great games. The sock balls were all socks. The last sock tied tight around the other socks.
People have been known to stash their extra money in a sock in a sock drawer.
I remember breaking Brazil nuts in clean old socks with the handle of a butter knife.
And if you feel the need to sock someone in the eye. Well please use clean soft socks. To Sock Or Not To Sock Is it a DeFEETING QUESTION. Sock It To Me.
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By Becki in Indiana
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Fabric to make a scarf
1. Get a mens sock.
2.Pour 1 inch of marbles into sock.
3. Stuff the Sock with 6 1/2 INCHES of (old rags old shirts or cotton balls
4. Then put a rubber band or a string to tie
5. then stuff the head. 4 1/2 inches
6. Then pull the extra sock over the head to decorate.
8. Makes a great gift!
Use baby socks and turn them into roses. You use a little bit of lace and a wood skewer and you roll the socks and use two sided tape. It makes a great bouquet for a baby's room or just on a table and when you mix them in with plastic flowers it really is pretty.
I want to make a craft called a coin sock, but I am having trouble finding a closure like used on a small coin purse. I hope one of you crafty people out there can help me.
Jean from Columbus, Ohio
A couple of years ago my sister bought me a coin sock purse. It is a baby sock with frogs on it (I love frogs), every time I take that out of my pocketbook I get comments on how adorable it is. Hope you can find the parts you are looking for..
Jean, I have seen what you are looking for at Hobby Lobby. It may not be in the section with purse supplies. It seems to me I saw it in the needlework section.
I have a pattern for a sock bank called "Sock It Away". It is similar, only you make it your self. The sock part holds the money.It is make with 1/4 yrd. stretch knit for sock. The opening is made with a canning jar lid that you stretch the fabric over( from outside to inside). Next you make a stuffed ring shaped animal face to glue over the ring. It uses a ribbon to hang it up. My pattern has a chicken,ckow,pig,bear,bunny and a dog for faces. I made them for my grandchildren for Christmas one year.I have a picture,but am not sure how to send on to thrifty fun. If anyone is interested, I could scan and send you the picture and pattern as well as instructions. My email address is bjptl AT bellsouth.net. Just email me if you are interested.
ps I just read how to send an image to Thrifty Fun,but couldn't make it work. I'll try and send one directly to them.
What can I make from a red fur Christmas sock with white fur around the top besides little girl purses?
I have used the red part to make valentine hearts. Or the whole thing to make Christmas gift sacks or cut into triangles for Christmas pendant banners.
I would like some ideas on what to make with socks that have no mate. Craft ideas would be great. Thanks.
By Shirley from Henderson, NV
If they are knee socks, you can cut them off at the bend and use them for wine sleeves, leg warmers for kids, or for covering an ugly vase.
Hope that helps. PBP
If you have some spare tube sock of any color or prints you can make "longjohns". You only need 4 socks, thread, and 5 buttons.
Does any one know any great crafts to do with old worn out socks?
Wendy-Lou from Chilcotin, British Columbia
1. ipod case: cut off the foot of the sock and keep the tube. sew the bottom of the tube closed, and fold down the top until the ipod almost can be seen.
2. scarf: use the tube of the sock as a scarf. Either sew multiple tubes together or cut the tube and sew the fabric together for a scarf.
3. bouquet of roses: Attach lace to the bottom of a sock. Roll like a burrito and slide onto a skewer. tape for extra security.
4. cat toy: put catnip in the toe of a sock and tie a ribbon or rubber band around the top to seal it. make sure the bag isn't opened by your lucky feline friend!
5. smell sachet: put your favorite scents into an ankle socks. Tie a ribbon around the top and insert into a smelly place or a closet, mmmm.
6. scrunch: cut an ankle sock into strips. Tie the strips to a thick pony you don't use normally.
7. sock buddy: fill a tube sock with polyfill or cotton balls that are stretched out. Make a knob in the corner of the sock and tie string around it. Repeat on the other bottom corner. go up and mark the middle of the sock and tie two knobs and the rest of the inside stuffing material. then tie the top of the head. draw a face and add hair if you wish.
8. coin purse: Open sock. Add coins. Tie a ribbon on the top and voila!
9. stress ball: roll into a ball and squeeze
10. hand warmers: Microwave and slip over your hands. Ahhhhh...
11. dog toy: slip a rolled sock into another sock's toe and rubberband. To use, throw the toy by the tube of the sock.
12. doll pillow: Stuff other socks into a pretty sock and tie closed. Instant pillw!
13. weights: put heavy rooks into two socks. Use them as anything from dumbbells to balloon weights!
14. burn protector: use the tube of a sock to slide over a hot mug of hot chocolate or coffee.
15. coaster: Put a drink onto a flattened sock to save harmless wooded tables.
16. bookmark: keep your place your favorite book by placing a sock in your place in your book.
17. soapy clean: put slivers of soap from an old soap bar into a thinning sock. Perfect way to clean yourself in the shower.
I use old socks to hold my Christmas ornaments. They help keep them from being scratched & getting broken.
How do I make cupcake baby socks stay secure in cupcake boxes of four?
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Turn your baby's or kid's socks that they have grown out of into cute cuddly sock babies. Fill them with soft items. The other use for them is to fill them with dried beans and use them as a doorstop
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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: