Wendy-Lou from Chilcotin, British Columbia
Keep paint splatters off you shoes by putting old socks over your shoes. (06/18/2004)
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:
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. (08/19/2004)
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. (10/18/2004)
Very silly ghost toys. Stuff an old white sock, draw or embroider a scary face on it. These are perfect for scaring people, hahahaha!
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. (10/18/2004)
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') legs.
By joesgirl (01/01/2005)
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, etc.)
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 appliance. (01/14/2005)
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. (01/18/2005)
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 cold.
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 wetness.
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 brand new).
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. (12/26/2005)
Be traditional! Make your old socks into sock puppets. They're fun! (02/15/2006)
You could put them on you dog or cat and have them be foot warmers. (03/24/2006)
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. (03/24/2006)
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! (06/20/2006)
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. (01/25/2007)
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)
My cat has the best time, rolling this sock-ball around the room and attacking it!
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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