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« on: October 02, 2015 10:14:30 AM »

The window right next to the computer desk in my parents' home has a slightly crooked fitting, resulting in a draft, blowing cold air right in over the computer user's arms in the winter, so my mother asked me to please make a long skinny plushie to place in front of the gap.  I decided to kill two birds with one stone and get rid of part of an embarrassingly large collection of mismatched socks in my house.  I used this tutorial to make a sock snake: http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.jp/2013/05/mismatched-socks-sew-sock-snake.html

First I went through my sack of sadly single socks and pulled out several in complementary colors.  There were a few complete pairs, but badly worn out with holes in the toes and even heels; I'm not even sure why I kept those at all!  

Then I took the washed socks and followed the instructions on the tutorial, coming up with this almost scarf-like strip partway through:

Adding a face and sewing up the tube was easy enough, and it wasn't quite as hard as I thought to pull the long tube right-side-out either.  Stuffing it took a surprisingly long time though!  I used a wide 50cm ruler to help push the stuffing in, and ran out of polyfil partway through and had to go out and buy more!  Then I just used a quick whip stitch to close the snake; the black thread isn't too noticeable on the black and green sock at the end.

I'm pretty happy with this little guy!  I'm a little worried that the snake may be too long (it stretched more than I'd accounted for when I stuffed it), but if worse comes to worst, there's another draft along the base of the back door he might be able to help with!  And the best part is, he's made almost completely out of what would otherwise have been trash!
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2015 10:44:00 AM »

Brilliant way to use up orphaned socks.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2015 05:40:57 PM »

I love useful crafts. This is fabulous and a great way to recycle Smiley

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