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!
12. Long Winter Gloves
13. Cute Coin Purse
This project is for turning a baby sock into a coin purse, which is really adorable, but you could easily do this with larger socks, too. You basically just sew a coin purse clasp to the sock and you’re all done. You know you have tons of baby socks that lost their mates years ago – now you can turn them all into adorable coin purses. These are great gifts for girls and women of all ages, too.
14. DIY Sock Frog
Okay, this little sock frog is just about the most adorable thing you could do with a single sock. If you have a green sock that’s great, but you could honestly make him out of any color that you have on hand. The trick is in the stuffing and sewing, which is really easy. This would make such a wonderful nursery gift or a new toy for your little one.
15. Sock Ball
This sock ball is geometric and it looks complicated to make but it really isn’t. You’ll need to cut and measure a few times, but overall, this is a project that you could easily finish in an hour or so. Your little ones will adore playing with it and you could use socks of different colors to make it really fun and colorful.
16. Easy Pin Cushion
This little sock pin cushion will only take you about 10 minutes to complete. This is a great idea for all types of socks, especially if you sew a lot. You’ll need extra pin cushions, right? There’s just some cutting, folding, and sewing required, and that’s about it. This is a great project for teens who may be learning to sew and maybe want their own sewing supplies.
17. DIY Sock Pot Holders
This project is great even if some of your socks are worn and torn. You cut the socks into strips and then use a weaving loom to create the pot holders. Incidentally, you can pick up a plastic weaving loom at the Dollar Store in the kids’ toy section for around a dollar or so. Then you can make loads of pot holders and even give them out to your friends as gifts.
18. Easy Sock Doggie Scarf
Your dogs like to be warm – and stylish – just as much as you do. If you tend to take your little furry friends outdoors during colder weather, a scarf may be in order. You can make such a cute little scarf with a knee sock and a bit of sewing. Your dog will thank you for the warmth and you’ll have a ball showing him off in his little doggie scarf.
19. DIY Sock Animals
Here’s another great toy that you can make from those mismatched socks. These DIY sock animals are so easy to create and your little ones are going to love them. Plus, you can make any of the animals for less than $2 if you have the sock, and that’s including the eyes and nose pieces. There are so many wonderful animals that you can make from socks – dogs, cats, caterpillars, octopus, and so many others!
20. Cute Sock Monkey
How about another animal that you can make for the kids? This little sock monkey is probably my favorite. Sock monkeys are such classic toys and they are so much easier to make than you may think. You can make an entire monkey family if you have enough socks available, and little ones always love sock monkeys.