Written by Erin Lawinger. Media by Emily Martiens.[divide]
Socks are often overlooked and unappreciated. After all, they are just fabric and let’s be honest, they smell kind of weird. Wrong. Although a sock’s potential is often covered up by shoes, they have more purpose than just keeping those feet cozy. Here are five DIY clever ways to create and reuse socks.
Tie Dye is an easy way to turn boring white socks into a striking statement that catches the eye. All that is necessary are some white socks and a tie dying set. This is an inexpensive and fun activity for any friendly get together.
This is a thrifty idea that makes chic cheap. All those old sweaters can finally be put to use, and what better way to do it than by making boot socks? The first step is to cut off the sleeves. After that, fold over the cut side and sew it to make a clean cuff. Then add some flair with buttons and lace, or leave it simple for a classic look.
This option is more time consuming, but for those who love to crochet, it is the perfect winter project to keep your loved one’s feet warm.
Just because the sole may be worn doesn’t make a sock useless. Instead, it can be reused and repurposed into a coffee sleeve. First thing, take a pair of scissors and cut off the portion that will fit on the cup. Second, sew the cut edge to give it a clean finish. Lastly, sew on any extras (buttons or lace). This is an easy way to find good use out of an old sock, and if it ever gets stained it can be thrown into the wash because it is just a sock after all.
5. Sock Snowmen
This last project makes for a wonderful winter craft for kids to share the gift of giving during the holiday season. Mid-calf or high-knee tube socks work best for this project. First, cut the sock from the top of the foot. Next, turn the sock inside out and attach a rubber band tightly to the top of the sock, and then flip the sock right-side out again. Fill the sock with rice and tie a rubber band around the top of the sock to close it. Tie another rubber band about ¾ of the way to the top to make the head of the snowman. After this is finished, the snowman is free to b decorated as one chooses. Buttons, decorative socks, and other reusable fabric pieces work well for styling a sock snowman.
So for the nest DIY project, consider using socks! Socks no longer need to be overlooked. Instead, they can be created and reused in new ways.