Where Have Your Socks Gone?
It seems as though there are sock goblins or some other creature that steals all types of socks.
Socks constantly go missing, get torn, wear out, and become smelly messes.
You may just want to throw them away but there are ways you can reuse them
From making puppets and cute stuffed animals, to making them into cleaning supplies.
Your unwanted and unused novelty socks can all be made into practical everyday items.
These tips are just some ideas that can bring you a little more functionality.
Even if it's small these ideas can bring some fun to your day.
How To Clean Your Old Socks To Be Just Like New
Socks aren't always new and ready to be used. Our old worn out socks don't have to be thrown out and left to rot away in a dump.
After washing the socks, the best method is to hang dry them. An average dryer works fine but it could further ruin them. If you're not in a hurry, then just line dry each one.
The easiest way to make them appear cleaner is to bleach them. Soak them in a cup of bleach over night then run them through the washer at a high temperature.
If you're not keen on bleach you can throw some white vinegar into the washing machine itself. Instead of dealing with harsh chemicals you can use this safer alternative.
If your washing machine isn't working there's nothing to fear. If you boil some hot water and add a cup of white vinegar you'll be good.
Drop the socks in, leave it overnight (after boiling for a few minutes), and dry them in the morning, they'll be good as new.
If you don't have white vinegar you should have some baking soda laying around. Baking soda mixed with washing powder (not liquid detergent) in equal amounts can get that fresh feel and look.
You Don't Always Need Chemicals
When you're not strapped for time you can boil the used socks in either lemon juice or liquid soap. After about 15 minutes you can throw them into the washing machine to get all the excess fluids out.
If none of these work for you or you don't want to buy the materials yourself, you can always hand wash them. Adding soap to some hot water combined with the kneading from your hands, can get your desired look.
Try all of these methods and if none of them work for some reason, then try some stain remover. If worse comes to worse then you can donate them or use them as household items.
What Household Items Can You Make With Old Socks?
You may think that your hole-filled and worn out socks are useless, but you can do a lot with them. There are many functional items that can be created with a single sock, you just have to think outside the box.
The easiest items are to use the old sock as a dust rag, dish rag, or soap sack. If you clean the sock you can use it to wash you dishes or clean your tabletops.
Instead of buying new towels, you can re-purpose your useless items. A soap sack is what you can use when you want to keep the soap suds coming instead of the soap drying out on your table.
If you don't see the use of those then you can put your recycled socks on the bottom of your table or chairs. They can be used as stoppers so you don't scrape your nice floors.
If not as stoppers, you can use them as booties for painting or extra protection when you're working on other crafts. They're great to use as extra socks just in case you need some extra padding.
They can also prevent drafts if you have a lot of old unused socks. Just make sure the socks you use don't have holes since you'll need to fill them with beans, rice, or sand. Once they're filled you can tie them up and set them in front of any door or window cracks.
All of these are just a few tricks that can help you in your daily life. Even if they're not perfect they're a few quick and easy tricks to help you.
Are There Any Functional Or Fun Items To Make?
Old socks are a dime a dozen since they wear down so quickly. They can be used for a lot more than common household items.
The easiest usage for them is to use them as packing and storage material. If you're moving or want to keep something in storage, the old socks can be used as a cushion for breakables.
Another storage option is for your wrapping paper and any bundle of things lying around. Just cut the toe end off the sock and use it as a tie.
Socks can also be used as covers for different things. If you have a stray umbrella you can put a sock over it to keep it the fabric down. It can also cover windshield wipers when the freezing weather comes back.
The freezing weather is one thing, but the hot weather is another. Instead of putting the socks on your wipers you can put it on any metal inside your car like the seat-belts.
It keeps it safe from the sun so it won't burn your hands when you grab it. The same goes for any other metal handles or objects that are in the direct sunlight.
The Fun Side Of Socks
The next of the tube sock crafts has to be sewn together so it takes a bit more work. Cut any sock in half and make sure it doesn't have any holes. Then fill it with beans or rice and sew it together so there's no way any of it can get out.
You'll then have a little hacky-sack or ball to use and play around with. On the opposite side another trick uses socks with holes in it.
If you stuff potpourri in it then you can have a mini scented sock to throw anywhere. The same works with baking soda although you can't have holes with this trick. It may not freshen the air but it will freshen your shoes.
Pour some baking soda into some socks then tie them off and stuff them into the shoes. It will take the smell out of them and keep them fresh.
Another thing you can use it for is to use it as an athletic sleeve. Just cut the toe section off and slide it up your arm. Then pull the bottom of the sock to the top and place your phone in the middle.
These are all objects that can be easily made with only a few items. Have fun and make something useful.
Create Cute Stuffed Animals With Forgotten Socks
Do you have a sock that's long been forgotten. A pair that you have never worn or have put away never to be worn again. If not you can always use socks that have been cleaned as thoroughly as possible.
The easiest sock craft idea is to make a little snowman. All you need to do is fill a sock with rice and leave a little room at the top, but only a tiny bit.
Then you can take a string and tie it around the middle of the sock. That will section it off to make it look like a snowman. The top should also be tied off or sewn up so the rice doesn't fall out.
Then take super glue or hot glue and then put googly eyes or buttons on it as eyes. A small pin or studded earring can be used as a nose. If you want to cover up the string you can use a random piece of fabric or cut the top off the sock before you sew it.
Another easy animal to make is a snake although it does require some sewing. All you have to do is fill a long tubed sock with rice and sew the end.
If you want it to be long you're going to have to cut and sew multiple socks together. Afterwards you can glue some eyes to it and add a fabric tongue if you want.
There are also a million other creatures you can create with some scissors, sewing equipment, and random socks. You can make bunnies, dogs, cats, and monsters with a variety of different types of socks.
When it comes to the bunnies, cats, and dogs you can use sting to tie everything together but leave some room for the top of the sock. It can be used as the ears. You just have to cut the ears into the shapes you want.
With the monster you can use the string in whatever way you want. Creating your own creature is possible with your imagination so make what you want.
Cute Items To Create With Different Types Of Socks
There are a lot of fun diy craft ideas that can create games like the fishing one which you may have seen at school fairs or carnivals. What you will need is a few different types of socks, rice, a fishing pool, and magnets.
Put a magnet inside the sock and fill it with rice. Then tie it off and cut the end into a fin. The best socks are small ones like baby or child socks so it's light enough to pick up.
The fishing pole should also have a magnet attached to the end of the line so you can pick the fish up. Then your kids or family members can have a fun little game to play when they're bored.
You can also use little pots in a few different ways. Take a sock and fill it with rice again then tie or sew it up and put it in the pot. A darker and even dirty socks will look more like dirt so take that into account.
This little pot can be used as a pin cushion or a holder for a sock bouquet. Just attach rolled up socks onto sticks and push them into the sock cushion.
Instead of rice you can also fill it with dirt and grass seeds. Then set it on a plate, in a pot, or in a bowl and water it whenever the seeds need it. You'll have a little planter that is easy to manage, colorful, and fun to look at.
There are plenty of other items that you can make with some different types of socks and sewing materials. All you have to do is go out and look for some new ideas.
What Can You Do It You Don't Want To Create Something
If you don't want to recycle them, donating them is always an option. There are plenty of places that will use them as extra fabric and textiles. If anything they'll be used as scraps for somebody else's project.
If you're into sewing or quilting you can also use the different types of socks as extra scraps for your own projects. If the socks are just scraps to you then you can use them as bandages or clean-up for spills.
Another option is to sew all your socks together and create a jump-rope or whip. You can take a few of them and just make good old sock puppets.
There is an endless amount of weird and fun things you can do to re-purpose old pairs of socks. Just think of something and try to incorporate a sock into it.
The End Of The Line For Some Socks
Everything mentioned above can create some fun objects that will bring a little more functionality and fun to your day. However, some novelty and cushion crew socks just aren't meant to be remade.
If your socks are long gone then it is perfectly fine to toss them out. No need to think of the waste if they really can't be used for anything else.
There's no harm done when something truly is gone.
Just take all of these options into account and create something that you'll use.
Don't make it just to throw it away.