Sock Can Holder

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Mismatched socks are perfect for covering recycled cans to make containers for pens and other items. This is a page about making a sock covered can holder.


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Rela Ann
September 9, 2005

If you are like my family, then you would have a lot of "orphan" socks (one of the pieces got lost or something). Or you may have a collection of worn-out socks (specially on the sole and toe areas). You are saving them for something you could use it for in the future. Here are 2 ways you can use them, both using it with cans. Click here for the second project in a separate post: Sock Can Pincushion

1st way is to use them in making a holder or sorter for anything that needs to be held in a container. In this example, we designed it for the boys.



  1. Cut the socks where the ribbed portion starts. If you are using a non-ribbed sock, then cut it above the ankle area so that you have a straight tube.

  2. Insert the can with the open side in the direction of the sock top. Folded part of the sock top should remain inside the can. This will serve as an extra protection when putting your hand in the can.

  3. At the bottom part of the can, tuck in the extra sock length to the sides of the can so it is flush with the can length.

  4. Adjust the sock so that the ribs are vertical. You can opt for a diagonal look as well. If your sock has a design on it, you can also make sure it is not deformed by tugging on the sock in the appropriate direction.

  5. Instead of tucking in the sock to the can sides, you can use a needle and thread to close the sock at the bottom. This is useful if you plan to put the can holder on a surface that you don't want to be scratched. The sock cloth underneath will serve as a scratch protection. However, this will work only for high-bottomed cans. Otherwise, the can holder will not lay flat.

For girls, you can use the dainty-colored sock and add in more decors! Or if you want to use the thinner trouser socks, then you can do a double layer - a plain white sock first then the trouser sock - this will emphasize the trouser sock design they are known for. It's fun!

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