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karaisclumsy
« on: December 27, 2011 09:38:00 AM »

I have too many socks and tights:

And I want to thin out my collection. The most obvious place to start is by getting rid of the socks with holes in the heels... but I'm crafty at heart and can't throw anything away. I just don't know what to make with them, though. Most sock animals seem to be pretty heel-centric. Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2011 10:00:09 AM »

Baby leg warmers?  Arm warmers?
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2011 10:12:28 AM »

 You could put rice in a small one, stick it in a big one and make sock poi?
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2011 10:13:03 AM »

-Doll clothes.  Socks often have small patterns so they lend themselves well to using the fabric to make doll clothes with them.  You can make pants/tights, leg warmers, dresses, shirts, etc. for fashion dolls, action figures, some baby dolls etc.  

-Along the same line, you can make a doll quilt with the "good parts" of your socks.

-You can make small stuffed animals from them (especially from fuzzy socks).  Or you can use them as accents for stuffed animals, like for horns, eyes, stomaches, faces, etc.  

-Make handle potholders for cast iron pots.  You'll need to use several socks and some heat resistant fabric, but you could make cute potholder sleeves that will go on your cast iron pot handles.  

-Golf club cozies if you know anyone that plays golf.  You can make cozies for their clubs.

-Small purses/bags for toddlers.  Small kiddos love putting stuff in bags (or atleast most that I know do).  You can cut off the leg of a sock and make a small bag with drawstrings or a handle for the kiddos to put treasures in.

That's just a few off the top of my head.  
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2011 11:04:19 AM »

This is what I do with my son's holey old school socks.




I fold the sock up and then turn the cuff inside out to enclose the folded sock.



The fold the ends under, pin it



and stitch each end firmly to make a pad. 
Which can be used for all sorts of things - cleaning the bath; polishing shoes/furniture. When my son was smaller he used one as a pad to prevent the .303 from bruising his shoulder.

(You can also use them to make jugging balls but you'd need to close off the holes first before filling with a wine-glass-full of rice or other grains.)
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2011 02:15:37 PM »

I saw someone on the internet somewhere who had cut the bottoms off all her holey socks and then stitched the sock tops together to create a long tube. Then she sewed the sock-tube to the top of some ankle socks. They were the most unique pair of over-the-knee socks I'd ever seen! It may have been on Wardrobe Refashion, come to think of it... The new Refashion Co-op has a post by a girl who turned new socks into a long-sleeve top.

Alternatively, you could sew a long tube of sock tops and use it as a scarf.

You could cut the sock tops open into rectangles and stitch a ton of rectangles together into a patchwork. You could make a throw for your bed, use it as fabric for a skirt or purse, use it as a big foofy scarf/shawl...
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2012 06:58:07 PM »

One day i was putting on my socks and my dog started playing with them as i tried putting them on.

I took a small bag put it inside the sock, As the bag was inside the sock I blew it up into a balloon shape and tied a knot in the bag which was now filled with air. Then Tie the opening of sock into a knot so then it would be closed.  My little dog loves it and hasnt poped it yet so air is still in it!

Easy to make if it pops but the are surprisingly durable for fetch and stuff Smiley

its my dogs favorite toy!
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2012 09:49:46 PM »

You could make a very fun and colorful doll or animal..like a sock monkey! You could even stuff it with other socks if you wanted...or maybe rice or beans or cushion of some type
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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2012 08:45:27 AM »

You could darn or needle felt the holes.... especially if you really like the sock.

Needle felting might add a really interesting dimension, depending where on the monster the heel sits (I haven't looked closely at the patterns).

Or take the ones with holes, cut off the feet and join together to make draft excluders - stuff with whatever is allowable where you live!

Use the feet for....... erm....... dish cloths and cleaning pads, if you modify elderflowers idea a bit!
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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2012 11:02:09 AM »

Elderflower, that's clever.
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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2012 01:18:01 AM »

I make lavender bags from old 'special' socks (ones that were presents etc) http://lastbiscuit.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-make-sock-lavender-bags.html

And cut them into loops and sort of weave them together with my fingers - I found a tutorial here http://momfilter.com/kid-diy/make-bracelet  then wrap the woven strip into a coil and make into mats

I also use socks for stuffing things
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2012 11:36:55 PM »

I've thought about making patchwork PJ pants with mine, but haven't tried yet.
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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2012 07:27:38 AM »

I shred my old socks and cloth remnants and use them for pillow stuffing.

Other option, stitch up the hole, fill with rice, Knot the other end closed (suggest a simple overhand knot), microwave for 30 seconds or so and you have an instant hot pad (good for those cold mornings, stick it in your coat). Also can use the same rice sock idea for anything you need a descant for, just don't have to heat it for it to absorb moisture.
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« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2012 12:03:38 PM »

I shred my old socks and cloth remnants and use them for pillow stuffing.

Other option, stitch up the hole, fill with rice, Knot the other end closed (suggest a simple overhand knot), microwave for 30 seconds or so and you have an instant hot pad (good for those cold mornings, stick it in your coat). Also can use the same rice sock idea for anything you need a descant for, just don't have to heat it for it to absorb moisture.

Now that is very clever. I had the same dilema.
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« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2012 12:07:51 PM »

Upcycling old socks into sock animals can definitely be done, sometimes requires a bit more creativity though.

From this



to this



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« Reply #15 on: February 29, 2012 08:26:26 AM »

I use socks to cover my stash of yarn (keeps them cleaner and dust free).

I also cut the ankle elasticy part to wear around my wrists while I am cleaning to keep the water from running down my arm (I cant stand that).

I cut the up and use for stuffing small projects.

And I cut them half lengthwise and knot both ends to play tug of war with our dogs.

I never thought to do anything cute with them - I like the little stuffed animals!
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« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2012 02:47:21 PM »

I love the second one. That is so clever.
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« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2012 01:38:22 PM »

I recently made a pair of finger-less gloves for my daughter with a pair of cotton socks that had holes in the heels. I just cut off the 'below the heel' portion and discarded it then used the top ribbed part that goes around the ankle and sewed a small straight line to separate the thumb hole from the fingers so they wouldn't slip down the hand. Sorry I don't have a picture to show. She has terribly dry hands in the winter and these really helped keep the lotion on her hands and helped them heal. She has really enjoyed them and I'll be making more soon.
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« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2012 11:08:18 AM »

If you have any knee socks (or longer) you could make headbands from the leg portion.  (I'm thinking this out as I type so. . .)

Cut the foot part off and then cut the leg part into strips.  If one strip is long enough (for your head) just clean up the edges and DONE.  If it's not, sew two strips together then make finish off.

(I think it's already been mentioned)  I like recycled rag rugs.  You should be able to trim up the socks so you could weave them into a rag rug (a la the recycled t-shirt rag rugs).
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« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2012 02:44:02 PM »

I made a loch ness monster. That's right.

Her name is NESSIE. Not just nessie. NESSIE.
My grandparents use socks to line cupholders in their car. but that's not nearly as fun.
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« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2013 10:37:01 PM »

As kids we took a bunch of my dads old socks and cut the tops off and sewed them together in a long tube, sewed a point at one end and then took a good sock and sewed it onto the other end as the head of the snake. That was our favorite stuffed animal, it was like 12' long. We played with that thing until it disintegrated. You can also make draft-stopper snakes for lying at the bottom of doors and windows that way :-)
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« Reply #21 on: November 23, 2013 07:27:36 PM »

An idea for scrappy socks (and a link to a pattern) is here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425707#axzz2lWjsyVU1
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« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2014 02:02:55 PM »

These are such fabulous ideas! I'm off to make some juggling squares now. Great idea to use them as stuffing, too. Love the dog toy idea. Now I just need to find a place to buy bulk squeakers. :-)
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