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Give Old Socks a Higher Purpose
Every now and then, some creative ideas transcend the normal boundaries of cuteness. Projects in the book Socks Appeal really rip a seam into a new dimension of cute. Whatever you do, definitely do NOT toss your worn out socks. Instead, find all sorts of great tutorials on how to sew adorable critters out of them, with ideas like using the toes out of toe socks to make little spikes and fins on handmade sock fish.
As you may well know, it’s difficult to donate old socks if there are holes in them because that’s not thrift store quality- no one would buy them. Of course you can always mend your socks by darning them too. It helps to think twice before discarding them- the EPA estimates the average person throws away close to 70 lbs. of clothing annually.
Do your part to cut this number down, by making hamsters, rabbits, or endearing little snakes with ribbon for tongues out of old socks. You’ll have to see for yourself how nice the projects turn out. Argyle socks make for perfect stuffed animal hamster tummies- who knew! Have great fun with these ways to recycle old socks, which make great gifts too, but some of the buttons may not be suitable for very young children.
Books With Great Tutorials
Socks Appeal: 16 Fun & Funky Friends Sewn from Socks
The book Sock and Glove: Creating Charming Softy Friends from Cast-Off Socks and Gloves adds, well, gloves to the mix and is on par with cuteness and critters. Great photography and instructions make for delightful crafting.
Another great book in this category is Stupid Sock Creatures: Making Quirky, Lovable Figures from Cast-off Socks. See which of these inspires you most.
Have your socks been knocked off yet? If so, recycle them!
Make a Purse
Another idea is to make a small coin purse out of an old baby sock. This is great because babies grow out of their socks so quickly, and a smaller sock is more practical in this case. A quilting or fabric store will carry purse frames with ball clasps to add onto the top of the sock or other purse making supplies.
If you don’t feel like sewing, find patterns for cute sock monkeys and penguins made out of recycled cotton recovered during spinning, weaving, or cutting processes. Recycled cotton promotes a more responsible use of resources, and no harmful chemicals are used.
Don’t forget that you can also recycle shoes!