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!
21. DIY No-Sew Sock Snowmen
22. Sock Vase Remake
Argyle socks are perfect for making these little vase cozies, but you could use any socks that you have on hand. This one is so very easy. You just feed the sock over your vase and you’re all done. You may need to trim and sew a bit if the sock is too long. You could also do these with colored socks to match your décor.
23. Easy DIY Sock Wreath
A few old socks, mismatched are fine – in fact it’s even better, and a wreath form are all you basically need to create this colorful and fun sock wreath. This is great for any season. You don’t have to have red and green socks for a Christmas wreath. Use colorful socks to make a wreath for Spring or red, white, and blue socks for a festive summer wreath.
24. Stocking Ornaments
Turn little socks into beautiful Christmas ornaments with just a bit of stuffing and a couple of stitches. You can decorate these to make them even more decorative or just use decorative socks. I love this idea for a rustic, homemade looking Christmas tree. You could also do them in spring colors to decorate your Easter tree.
25. Tiny Dog Sweater
If you have a tiny dog, you can use an old sock to make him an adorable and warm little sweater. Note that this works best with really small dogs – think teacup breeds. You just need to cut the toes off the sock and there are a couple of other minor steps. Your little furry friend will be dressed up in his new sweater in under an hour from start to finish.
26. DIY Wrist Rest
Sitting at the computer all day can be tiring, especially on your wrists. If you don’t use a wrist rest, you really should. They can help you to avoid things like tendonitis and other injuries to your wrists from holding your hands on the keyboard all day. You can easily make a resting place for those wrists with a sock and some rice. Just stuff the sock and sew it up. The rice can also be heated in the microwave to help soothe sore wrists.
27. Jump Rope
Yes, you can make a wonderful jump rope from those old socks. You just have to weave them together. What’s great about this one is the jump rope is so much softer than those that you get in the stores so they’re safer. You can make them so colorful, too by using different socks and this is a great project for the kids to help you with.
28. DIY Sock Pumpkins
These little pumpkins are going to be your favorite fall and winter decorations. They’re so easy to make and the different colors are really gorgeous. This is another great project to involve the kids in, and you have plenty of time to create them before fall comes again. They’re stuffed with pillow stuffing and make such adorable little decorations.
29. Sock Swiffer Pads
Those fluffy socks that you can’t find the mates to make wonderful Swiffer pads. You just cut the toes off and slip the sock over your Swiffer dry mop. Swiffer pads are great for picking up dust but they are really expensive when you have to keep replacing them. Use those old socks instead and you’ll never have to buy Swiffer pads again.
30. iPhone or iPad Cozy
Here’s an amazing way to use up those mismatched socks and get a great little copy for your iPad, too. You end up with a side pocket that is perfect for holding your headphones, and this entire cozy is so easy to make. If you have enough socks, you may even want to put a couple of these together to give out as gifts.