Socks I Can’t Seem to Part With…


I admit it…I’m kind of a sock geek. Remember Sox Appeal? I was a regular. Smartwool? Still asking for a pair every holiday season whenever stumped gift givers prompt me for requests. So when I wear holes in a favorite pair, I’m always a little reluctant to part with them. Instead, I look for ways the socks could be reused.

People know this about me…that I love socks with fun patterns and that I’m likely to come up with something creative to do with them. (In fact a striped socks scarf made it’s way into day 19 of my October craft-a-day project back in 2014!) I shouldn’t have been surprised, then, when my friend Jenny gave me a gift bag filled with a few of her favorite, albeit holey, socks. I wasn’t exactly surprised, but I did feel the weight of having to come up with some spectacular way to use this motherlode of Smartwool socks. And this week, I finally had a day to give the socks some thought (I won’t tell you how long I’ve had them!) It turns out, there are many, many ways to keep those striped or pretty-patterned socks in your daily rotation.


Arm Warmers

The first project is pretty easy, and it wasn’t new to me. A few years back I simply cut the feet from a pair of much-loved, striped knee-highs and wore the “legs” as boot toppers or arm warmers. If you’ve not yet discovered arm warmers, I recommend checking them out. In cooler climes, arm warmers make it possible to continue wearing favorite short-sleeve and three-quarter sleeve T-shirts well into winter. I never did finish off that ragged, cut edge on the original knee-high warmers, so I finally did that on Monday. A zig-zag stitch, twice around right along the edge gave these a pleasing lettuce-edge finish. Then I patched together three pairs from the magic bag of socks to make the fetching arm warmers at top. This time I used a top cuff at both ends for a nice finished edge.

Phone Case

But enough about arm warmers. What about a slip case for your phone. Right? Again, I found myself rummaging through the bag. A blue and gray striped (stripes, of course!) pair caught my eye. I trimmed the case up with a few strands of this darling charcoal gray tiny pom-pom trim that I couldn’t resist at Target a couple of months ago. I added a flap made from the top of the sock’s foot with a little velcro to keep it shut. And I made the last-minute decision not to sew the back of the flap closed, leaving a little pocket for cash or a credit card.

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Now for the grand finale. I just had to do something with these two pairs of socks. They went together so well!


So I cut off the feet and began moving the parts around on my desk.


Are you seeing what I’m seeing? (I know, I know. I already said I’m a sock geek, so bear with me….I love this part…)


Mittens, of course! I’ve not yet had a chance to get back to my sewing machine to stitch these up, but the concept is there. I used the tops of the feet for the thumbs, and I’ll snip a slit in the patterned maroon section for placement. I think this might be my favorite use for old socks, but stay tuned…it’s all in how you finish.

Stay tuned for more ways to repurpose discarded socks and other items from around the house. In fact, many of these projects will be included in an forthcoming craft book for teens that I’m pretty excited about. Details to come! Until then, keep crafting!

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