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creepergirl
« on: February 15, 2013 01:03:34 PM »

anyone have any ideas on what to do with single socks with holes in them?  it seems like such a waste to just toss them but they're not exactly in giveaway condition either.  i usually end up with a hole in the heel of of one sock and it bugs me enough that I won't wear them anymore.  and i'm too picky to wear mismatch socks even at home.  i know, i'm anal Roll Eyes  lol

thanks for any and all suggestions  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2013 03:03:59 PM »

I was looking on the Internet for something and saw these.
Your post reminded me of it
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013 11:03:12 PM »

On a practical note - you could darn the hole closed and reuse the socks as socks.  If that is too much to bother with, you could still use them for cleaning - they make good dusters/scrubbers, or for buffing metal, apply finishes, etc for crafting projects.  If you have dry hands or feet, apply lotion then wear them to help the lotion soak in.  Use clean ones for packing or wrapping items that may be fragile or delicate.  If they are cotton, you could even shred them and compost them.

You could use the fabric for making dolls, sock puppets, or for stuffing things too.  They probably could be turned into tug toys or stuffies for pets, or soft balls, or blocks for babies.
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creepergirl
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2013 12:10:15 PM »

I was looking on the Internet for something and saw these.
Your post reminded me of it
http://helpinglittlehands.blogspot.ca/2012/02/tutorial-snowball-fight-in-bag.html


Those are cute!  That's something I haven't thought of.  Thanks for sharing the link Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2013 12:12:01 PM »

On a practical note - you could darn the hole closed and reuse the socks as socks.  If that is too much to bother with, you could still use them for cleaning - they make good dusters/scrubbers, or for buffing metal, apply finishes, etc for crafting projects.  If you have dry hands or feet, apply lotion then wear them to help the lotion soak in.  Use clean ones for packing or wrapping items that may be fragile or delicate.  If they are cotton, you could even shred them and compost them.

You could use the fabric for making dolls, sock puppets, or for stuffing things too.  They probably could be turned into tug toys or stuffies for pets, or soft balls, or blocks for babies.

Thanks for your suggestions.  I thought about making sock monkeys with them. I'll have to play around and see what works.  Thanks again! 
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jnicodemus
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2013 05:22:38 PM »

Totally practical idea, but you could sew up the hole and use it as a plastic grocery bag holder and keep it in your car.
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Kirrashi
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2013 05:07:40 PM »

Snip off the feet, add a thumb hole = wristwarmers! I've done this a few times with those socks that have cute designs on the ankles. =) It can be a bit tricky with really stretchy ones, but they're super toasty!
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2013 02:12:10 PM »

I cut up old socks for stuffing for amigurumi and sewn stuffed animals.
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CatherineLayden
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2013 04:52:04 AM »

Make a dust rag. Slip the sock on your hand. Dampen it with water or a furniture polish and clean away! Socks are good for furniture, window sills, computer screens, floor spills, handles, and blinds.
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EveofReduction
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2013 06:08:52 AM »

I like the fingerless glove idea!
I was going to add, I just saw a post where someone made an iPod arm holder/band out of old socks. I'm going to make one!
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loveofcuteness
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2013 06:58:01 PM »

Cut off the toe part of 2 socks and roll into sock "donuts" to make those super cute sock buns. I also like dusting wood stairs with socks. 
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j_odri
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2014 02:35:47 AM »

i use the old socks with holes to play with my dog, make a knot in the middle and ready
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« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2015 04:43:13 PM »

I know this thread is a bit dated and some of my ideas might be repetitions of ideas mentioned above, but they might still be a bit more detailed. Wink

If only the toe part is beyond repair, fingerless gloves are a great idea. To make them a bit more special you could also add a bit of lace for the fringe and/or some sort of ornament (e.g. a crocheted flower, a beautiful button, whatever ...).

Puppets are, of course, the obvious idea and great if you have kids.

If the heels are gone, wristwarmers are a better idea. You dont need a hole for the thumb and can just wear them like bracelets. Or even together with bracelets. Or you might consider decorating them with beads, ornaments or lace so you don't need any other bracelets. Wink

The parts that you have to cut off can easily be used as stuffing for other projects.

If you don't like wristwarmers, you can still make your socks into little wallets, bags, mobile phone covers or purses. All you have to do is sow one end and put a zipper, button or velcro on the other end. If you want to, you can also put either the other sock or some sort of cloth on the inside.
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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2015 10:45:59 AM »

weasel sweaters.
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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2015 11:46:52 AM »

Cut them into spirals and you could crochet rag rugs, placemats a/o coasters with them.  You could weave potholders also.
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