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3 Ways to use your odd socks up on lost sock memorial day

We all have them, spare odd socks that seem to appear with monotonous regularity in our sock drawers. To compound matters they are usually the ones that are completely different to every other sock you possess so there is no chance of trying to get away with matching any of your odd socks together. So this Lost Sock Memorial Day why not use those odd socks for something useful and stop them continuing to bung up your sock drawer!

What to do with all those socks?

  • Sock Puppets

This may be a very obvious spare sock use but it is still a brilliant one! You can create any number of different characters and animals and with a bit of imagination they are great for using in educational play as well – such as animal and colour recognition or counting  for example.

Making a sock puppet couldn’t be more simple, you can use felt, wiggly eyes, embroidery, pom poms, ribbons, glitter glue, marker pens and wools to decorate and personalise the sock. You usually have the heel on the top of your hand with the upside down toe end as the nose or mouth. Once decorated just slip your hand inside and start playing! Themed collections of puppets from stories or nursery rhymes are brilliant or animals from habitats children are learning about e.g. polar or pond.

  • Sock dog chew

If your dog is anything like ours then a carelessly discarded sock is an instant invitation to carry it around all day, slobbering and chewing as they go (thinking about it, that’s probably why I have so many odd socks)!

pug and sock

Protect your favourite socks and sacrifice some old and holey ones to make dog toys your best friend will love! There are loads of different ways to do this and no one way is better than another as long as the stitches are secure and not loose or broken. If they are then fix it straight away or take the toy away from your dog until you have time.

One option is to cut two socks into strip tubes pieces, each about 5cm wide. Turn all the pieces inside out and securely sew each of the strip tube pieces together, alternating colours and patterns to give a patchwork effect, creating a long sausage tube of colour or pattern stripes. Sew the one end of the tube up but leave the other open for now, turn the chew the right way round and stuff with more odd or holey socks. Now sew the other end up using ladder stitch.

sock strip for dog chew

Another popular option is to cut two small simple shape pieces out of the sock, sew together using blanket stitch and stuff with a sewn up inner bag containing dried beans, this inner bag will help make it more robust. You can then use it as a bean bag throw toy. Obviously alter the size of the beanbag to your dog’s size, so for example don’t make a jumbo size toy with a huge weight of beans for a Chihuahua and conversely don’t give a Great Dane a toy that they might choke on!

If you want to add a bit of character to your dog toys then embroider faces or motifs but again always make sure there is nothing for your dog’s teeth to get stuck in.

  • Phone or MP3 Player Sock

phoneBrilliant for keeping phones or music players clean and scratch free in handbags (nearly impossible normally). You can make your “sock” as fancy and complicated or as simple and quick to make as you want.

Probably the simplest and quickest method is to first use your phone to measure how big it needs to be and add about 10cm to that measurement to allow for sewing up and the “popper seam”. Cut across the sock at this point so that you effectively have a tube. If you are able to then try to use the open top of the sock, this will already be seamed so it will make things easier to use it as the top of the phone sock and where you add the poppers to. If you do have this top intact then you can reduce the amount of added measurement you allow and just have 5cm extra on top of the length of your phone.

phone sock how to image

Turn the tube inside out and sew the one end up completely. If you haven’t got the original top intact then create a 5cm seam on the other end. This will be where you sew your poppers on to so it needs to be a wide flat seam. Turn your phone sock the right side out and sew on two sets of poppers at equidistant distance on the inside of the sock (where your seam is). This means there is less pressure than just having one and less risk of stretching and the poppers coming off.  Slide your phone inside for that perfect “made to measure in 15 minutes” feeling.  Glam this up with embroidered writing or patterns or add a felt lining to make it extra plush.

There are so many other ways you can celebrate your odd socks. Experiment now you are started on the path to freeing these lonely socks from sock drawer prison! 

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This article was posted on our original blog site Cre8ty on the 9th May 2017.

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