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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.
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 puppet. Sock puppets are fun to make and even more fun for your little ones to play with.
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.
By Gloria from Scottsville, NY
Repurpose sock tops to help keep your arms warm on cold days. This is a guide about sock tops for arm warmers.
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.
By Sonya Yoder
By suzi homemaker
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.
By Sara C
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.
By Carla Bledsoe
By Becki in Indiana
What about sock monkeys??
I love making them you can also google it for more patterns ideas
Cut a finger of a not used or too small glove and make a funny face out of it! Great for children to play with and keep collecting them, get your friends round and make a play out of the finger puppets!
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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.
Cut the toes out of long socks and put them under soccer shin guards. They soak up the sweat and stop the shin guards from sticking to the kids' legs.
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
What is a coin sock? and how do you make? thanks Dar
Have you tried a coin holder from BigLots or OddLots? Easter is coming and a lot of children's purses may have the hinge unit you can adapt.
how bout using velcro???
You could try the steps for the following:
~Orange juice lid
~Shoelace/Rope (thick string, nylon,etc)
Using the knife cut a thick "I" into the lid, in the middle. Fold back and cut off the tab edges. Next take the large paperclip and cut it at one end so you can form a small ring when one of the ends is twisted together. Punch a hole into the top middle of the lid and insert the paperclip. (See pix)
Feed the top of the sock through the open slit of the lid and fold the sock around the lid, pushing the paperclip through the sock material. Glue the end of the sock to the underside of the lid.
Using the shoelace/rope, tie in a circle and cut the excess off. Loop the shoelace/rope around the paperclip- this will be used to put your bank on a hook or door knob. Decorate the sock to your hearts content and start dropping in your cash.
And just be creative with ways to close it or alternatives to a juice lid
Here is the link with a picture
http://www.bagl /PurseFrames.htm should have what you are looking for. There are other online sources for "purse frames" - you just need to decide what size you want.
I have a manufactured one of these coin socks - and I LOVE IT!
Be sure to post pictures when you complete them!
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.
I finally made my first coin sock.. I used velcro on the top-inside of the sock. It seems to be working. Now I need a little poem to attach to it to sell at craft shows. thanks Jean at smithmj@ beol.net
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.
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.
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
By Ann from Sussex, UK
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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)
By Glynda Lomax
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: