If you’ve ever done laundry, you’ve surely experienced the missing sock dilemma. You know, when you put a pair of socks into the dryer but end up with only one. Instead of throwing out those mismatched socks, you can easily turn them into any number of wonderful DIY crafts.
There are so many different things that you can make with those orphaned socks. From toys to coin purses and even clothes for your little dogs, you’ll surely find something in here that will help you to put those single socks to good use. These are some of the most creative uses I have ever seen for socks.
Most of the projects on this list can be made in a matter of minutes – at the very least you can make them while cooking dinner. And by the way, be sure to check out this amazing chicken, bacon, and spinach spaghetti recipe that is so easy to make, you can totally craft some DIY projects while it’s cooking.
I love projects that allow you to upcycle other things. These mismatched sock projects are the perfect way to bring a bit of upcycling into your life. You probably already know the trick of putting on a sock to clean blinds, right? Or using them to create cute little sock puppets for the kids? Well, these projects go a step further. Not only can you create sock puppets, you can create an entire zoo of stuffed sock animals!
If you’re lucky enough to never have missing socks, be sure to check out this great tutorial on folding socks to save space. If you are like the rest of us though, and you have several single socks that have lost their forever mates, I’ve got a nice little collection of projects for you. Let’s grab those leftover socks and make some wonderful things. I can’t wait to get started!
1. Arm Warmers
Whether you have a pair of socks that are worn down or you have a couple of mismatched ones, you can turn them into these great arm warmers. Just a few cuts around the toe area and the kids can keep extra warm when they’re playing in the snow. Fuzzy, thick socks work best for these.
2. Bean Bags
Making bean bags out of mismatched socks is a great idea, and a good way to add some fun to your life. There are so many games that require bean bags and you can easily sew those socks into great game pieces. Use a sewing machine if you want but you could totally sew these by hand. Fill with pinto beans or any other cheap filler.
3. Coffee Mug Cozy
You can easily turn those old socks into these amazing DIY coffee mug cozies. I love this idea – mostly because I’m a huge coffee fan. You just cut the sock and if you want, sew in the edges. The socks just slip right over your mug and help to keep your coffee or tea warm while keeping your hands from getting burned.
4. DIY Sock Chia Pet
How adorable is this? It’s a DIY chia pet that you make from an old sock. Just put grass seed and dirt into a sock, tie it off, and then use push pins to hold your buttons on to create the face. The grass will grow out the top and look like hair. Just keep the grass damp by watering a bit each day and his hair will grow in no time.
5. DIY Dog Chew Toy
Dog toys can be so expensive, although they do beat having little puppies chewing up all your stuff. A better way is to just use an old sock to make little pup his own chew toy. I’ve done this with an empty water bottle, which is great because they love the crackling sound. You can also use a tennis ball and tie it up in the sock to give him a really good pull toy.
6. Doughnut Play Food
Little girls love playing house and that means cooking up delicious pretend meals. Those food toys can be a bit expensive though – and they’re not always safe for little ones. You can turn old socks into these great doughnuts which are cheap and easy to make, and they’re really soft so they’re perfect for girls of all ages. You’ll also have a blast decorating these.
7. Door Draft Stopper
If you live in an area that gets cold during winter, you may notice your electric bill rising. Part of that rise could be due to drafts coming in your door. You can easily remedy that problem with some old socks and quilt batting. Just fill the socks with batting, sew them together and place in front of your door to stop those drafts in their tracks.
8. Potpourri Sachets
The toe ends of your old mismatched socks are perfect for creating these little potpourri sachets to bring wonderful scents to your drawers and closets. You can use potpourri – or actually I use Downy Unstoppables instead of potpourri. The scent seems to last much longer. Just snip off the toe ends of your socks, fill with your chosen scent maker, and then tie it all up.
9. Bean Bag Neck Pillow
A neck pillow is so wonderful for long car rides or flights. You can also use them when you’re just sitting around at home relaxing, and you don’t even have to spend $20 to buy one. Just fill old socks with beans or rice and you can microwave these for a few minutes before you use them to help melt away all that stress.
10. Hobby Horse
Children love hobby horses and you can create one in under an hour, and let your little one help design it. You use an old sock for the head and then add a few embellishments. This is a great project for toddlers ages four and up, and makes a wonderful toy that kids are going to love for years to come.
11. DIY Leg Warmers
Leg warmers have definitely made a comeback from the 1980’s and you can easily make your own with some old mismatched socks. You just cut the toes off your socks and you’re basically done. Or, if you don’t have matching socks, you could use pieces of different socks and just sew them together to create a matching pattern.