Thursday, April 15, 2010
Socks Re-Purposed | Family Economics
Lots of fun can be had with the simplest of things -- like socks. New or old, there are lots of crafty ideas for re-purposing socks into many different practical items with little effort.
And now that spring has arrived, you may easily find long winter socks at a discount. Look for colorful, striped, argyle or patterned pairs to stock up on for multiple projects.
Depending on the project, when looking for socks to re-purpose, you may want to choose large adult socks or more narrow and long, colorful children’s knee socks. Used socks, like the ones that have been mysteriously split from their partner, also make great material for household uses.
Here are a few crafty sock ideas:
• Wine Bottle Cover: Cut the foot section off of a narrow decorative sock and slip over a wine bottle for gifting. Cinch at the neck of the bottle with a ribbon bow.
• Hot Drink Cozies: For hot drinks, cut the leg area of the sock into shorter sections and keep them in your glove box for reuse.
• Heating Pads: For an instant microwavable heating pad, fill a sock with rice or buckwheat about half way. Tie off at the opening and again at the ankle. Cut off the foot section. Heat in the microwave oven in one minute increments until warm enough to use on sore muscles.
• Lamp Cover: With foot section removed from a colorful patterned sock, slip over the base of a table lamp to add punch a teenager’s bedroom.
• Dress Up Your Dog: A narrow sock tube with foot section removed can be slipped over a dog’s collar for a dressy day out on the town. Or for a tiny dog, cut two leg holes one third of the way down and create a slip-over sweater.
• Colorful Beanbags: Make beanbags for family games by cutting sections from the sock, sewing one end closed then fill with beans or rice before sewing the open end closed. Most individual socks can make two bean bags.
• Spruce Up a Vase: Dress up a plain vase with a narrow striped sock leg section. Roll down the top and roll up the bottom just a bit creating a rounded edging.
• Kids Wrist Cuffs: Kids can make wacky wrist cuffs by cutting off the foot section and rolling the sock from the inside out into a donut form. Create various patterned sock cuffs to share or stack.
Single reused socks:
• Nursing Injuries: Place a Ziploc® brand bag of ice into the sock for use on an injury or sore muscle.
• Dog Toys: Tuck sock within sock within sock and finish by knotting the final sock and you’ve made the best play toy a dog could ask for.
• Handy Cleaning Mate: Keep with your cleaning supplies as the perfect hand dusters and dry mop head covers. Mark with permanent marker before using so they don’t get mistaken for a good sock coming out of the washer.
• Erasers: Socks make the best dry erase board erasers.
• Outdoor Ropes: Rainy day ropes for kid-play can be made by looping 1" bands cut from socks together.
What are your ideas for re-purposing socks?