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How to Recycle Socks for Crafts and Other Household Uses

Updated on February 10, 2018
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Sock Monkey

Recycle Socks to Make Crafts and Other Household Items

Socks eventually wear out leaving you wondering what to do with them. Don't throw them away. Put your socks to good use. Reuse will save you money and save the planet at the same time. Some reuse ideas for socks include hand dusters, sock puppets, window draft blockers, and more.

Photo by Mai Le

Reuse Ideas for Recycling Socks - Practical Household Uses for Socks

  1. Bean Bags for games or yard darts. Can also be used to stop drafts when filled with beans.
  2. Hot Packs
  3. Barbie Tube Tops
  4. Dust Mittens and Cleaning Rags from old socks
  5. Sock Puppets
  6. Drink Covers (sometimes called bottle socks or can koozies)
  7. Protecting Small Items while moving or traveling
  8. Sachets made with a colorful sock and potpourri

Plant Pot Covers - Table Décor as a Way to Recycle Old Socks for Crafts

This unique idea for reusing old socks comes from the Rachael Ray blog. Create a centerpiece for your table by using old socks to jazz up flower pots, jars, or glasses. For more ideas on how to do this visit:

Reusing Socks from Rachael Ray

Reuse Socks to Make a Quilt - Unique Sock Craft Quilt

In addition to household uses for old socks, I've gathered together some of the best crafts online to reuse socks. These crafts are so unique and creative, you will never see old socks the same way again! Sock quilts are very warm, or you can hang them on the wall as art. Choose your favorite worn out socks for this project, or dye boring white socks to create a unique quilt. Learn more about this inspirational quilt at the "Art In Stitches" blog:

How to Make a Blanket from Old Socks

Potholder from Socks

potholder loops from socks
potholder loops from socks

Loops for a Potholder Loom

Craft to Make a Useful Potholder from Old Socks

Potholder looms can be purchased at most discount stores. They are small square looms that come with clothe circles, or loops, that are weaved. When your loom set runs out of cloth strips you can make your own loops. Socks work well for the cloth strips. Learn how here:


How to Make Potholder Loops

Grass Pet from a Sock

Grass Sock Pet
Grass Sock Pet

Make a Grass Sock Pet

More Sock Crafts

Teach your kids about gardening cheaply by converting an old sock to a sock pet. Sort of like a chia pet, a sock pet grows grass from it's head. You fill the sock (preferably not white) with dirt and grass seed. Give the sock a face and hang it upside down. Water it regularly and watch it grow hair! Too cute.

How to Make a Grass Sock Pet

Sock Puppet

Easy Sock Puppets for Kids
Easy Sock Puppets for Kids

Fun Sock Puppet

With minimal sewing skills and some craft supplies, such as felt, pipe cleaners and scissors, you can turn an old sock into an adorable sock puppet. Just clip out a space for the mouthpiece and sew it in. Add some eyes, ears and a nose with craft supplies. There are mouthpiece templates and more step by step instructions at:

How to Make a Sock Puppet

Sock Monkey

If you have a special pair of socks with a hole, why not make a classic sock monkey. Girls socks work very well for this craft.

You will also need:

a sewing machine

buttons (just two for the eyes)

ruler

pens

scissors

stuffing

pins

needle and thread

Step by step instructions for completing the sock monkey project.

Sock Giraffe

Giraffe Sock Puppet
Giraffe Sock Puppet

Super Cute Giraffe Sock Puppet

Yet Another Sock Puppet

This super cute Giraffe Sock Puppet is pretty easy to make, the only talent required is the painting of the spots. Here's what you will need to get started:

* An old sock - long, tan, adult size dress sock

* One brown pipe cleaner

* Two brown pom poms

* Two googly eyes

* Brown and black paint

* Paint brush

* Glue gun

* Wire clippers

Giraffe Sock Puppet

More Ideas from Sarah Ganly

Are you hankering for more ideas to reuse socks in crafts that don't involve puppets? Sarah Ganly has a few unique ideas for reusing socks.

*Reuse them as sleeves for teen girls

*Reuse them to make a hacky sack

*Reuse them to make a jump rope

You can read the details of how Sarah makes this crafts by reading her instructions (here).

How to Make a Cell Phone Case Out of an Old Recycled Sock - Cute Project to Reuse a Baby Sock

If you have favorite baby sock that has been outgrown, you can follow this instructional Youtube video to make it into a cell phone sock.

5 Great Uses for Old Socks

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: I have lots of stretch TOPS of mens sox due to us using the other parts for filling with rice and giving them to hospitals. You can frreeze them or heat them and use them on sore necks, arms, legs. BUT it leaves us with lots of the stretchy tops. Help, Thanks

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      We use large white stretch sox, filled with rice for the hospitals and have lots of the stretch part at the top left over. any ideas what we can do with them. Thanks

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      superb

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      crstnblue 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful idea for a lens and funny photos!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I love this lens. How fun. I love that video too. My fav is making a quilt. What a great idea.

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      bikerministry 

      6 years ago

      What a great up cycling article! Blessings!

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      Kristen 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      I have SOOO many single socks in my drawer its ridiculous...I always save them though because you never know when the other one might amazingly appear...but now I have way more fun things to do with these lone socks! GREAT LENSE!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      So, this is where my lost socks went! :)

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      GlendaStringer 

      6 years ago

      Love sock monkeys! Thanks for the lense.

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Love the Giraffe puppet! I chose this lens to celebrate 'Lost Sock Memorial Day'. Now I know where all those socks have disappeared to.... they are being used for crafts! :-)

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      DArtagnonIM LM 

      6 years ago

      Very Creative! I like it :)

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      Bobbala 

      6 years ago

      Love your lens!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are all great green projects! Love the argyle socks on the planters! Thanks for including my sock potholder project! Happy Earth Day, Heather!

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      irenemaria 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      This is so funny! I love that plant in a sock!

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      Delia 

      6 years ago

      I'm a big recycle use fan...great lens! I just gathered our old socks and gave them to my hubby to use for polishing the rims and mags to the cars...they are easy to use because you stick your hand into them.

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      How cool is that :P

      Thnx its realy intresting en looks fun

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Wonderful ideas for recycling socks. Love that grass sock pet. Of course, who could ever resist the sock monkeys? Not I. Appreciate, as always, your focus on repurposing items and living green.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are very creative ways of reusing old socks...well done...blessed! :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Absolute cool cuteness found here....I love your ideas for recycling sock, especially the grass sock pet!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

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      If you like my lens, please add a like to my lens as well. I am new to squidoo and I would appreciate any comments at all.

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      JodiFromFlorida 

      7 years ago

      I love your ideas! Great lens!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Thanks so much for adding my lens on How to Make Potholder Loops. I'm honored, Heather!

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      adamfrench 

      7 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      Kirock 

      7 years ago

      This is such a cute lens! I have a lens about socks, but i never thought of what else you can do with them

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      Gayle 

      7 years ago from McLaughlin

      I have never heard of making a quilt out of old socks. This intrigues me. I have to investigate!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Cotton socks also make great cleaning rags. Fit them right over your hand to wipe down a surface, or cut them down one side to make them flat to use that way.

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      pimbels lm 

      7 years ago

      Some cute stuff with socks. I make tops and dresses for barbies. Great lens, thank you

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      FunkyJewelleryUK 

      7 years ago

      Nice lens! Cute :)

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      Stacy Birch 

      7 years ago

      Awesome looking ideas, great lens.

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      Anahid LM 

      7 years ago

      Hi Good idea for a lens. I wish you a happy Easter. Anna

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      Anahid LM 

      7 years ago

      Hi Good idea for a lens. I wish you a happy Easter. Anna

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      Angel blessed for helping me empty that drawer of socks that are looking for their mates. Great ideas here.

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