Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Upcycling an old sock

My daughter had a favorite pair of socks that had stood the test of time.  But on wooden floors, they're bound to give out eventually.  The hole was beyond repair.  So I stood here pondering what I could do with the top of this sock because it still looked like new.  Could I turn it into a craft of some sort?  It's not big enough for a bag...Eureka!  She's heading off to college and trying to make green choices, (literally and figuratively!) so she's taking along a supply of used plastic grocery bags to recycle as liners in her garbage can.  Why not sew it into a bag holder that she can hang in her closet!?  That way it's still useful and she gets to enjoy her favorite sock a while longer.  It was a simple job to cut off the toe of the sock just past the hole and sew it together.  Folding the sides into themselves made a fuller top rather than a wide flat one.  A piece of bias tape made a good hanger and I sewed it into the seam.  At the bottom, I wove a piece of bias tape in and out around the end to make a drawstring. Very, very simple and voila!



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25 comments:

  1. Go for it! I'm thinking ahead to the time when one of the socks I've spent hours knitting reaches this point. It will be so nice to know it's not the end!!

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  2. This is great! Even someone as non-talented as me could do this. Thank you!

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  3. What a great idea. I never thought of using an old sock. I'm your newest follower. It would be great if you could stop by my blog Monday and add your project to The More The Merrier Link Party.

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  4. Welcome, Jamie! Your follower #50! Thanks for visiting and I'll see you Monday. Thanks for inviting me.

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  5. This is a great way to use a stray sock.

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  6. This is really a terrific idea! Thanks!!

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  7. well, well, well, Ms. Smarty Pants! That is so cute!! Love this idea =0)

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  8. That is a BRILLIANT idea! Now I know what I can do with all of my husband's hole-y socks :)

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  9. whoa - cool idea! I am definitely going to try this. :)

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  10. What a great idea! And cute, too.

    =)

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  11. Better than what I did with mine when I was a kid...Barbie dresses:)

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  12. You all are so cute for liking my silly little sentimental sock project! Thanks for all the comments!
    Love the Barbie clothes idea!
    I've also cut them in rings and made potholders like I used to as a kid.

    Dust rags, polishing cloths, kitten coats,

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  13. Such a clever idea! I like that you saved this for her...she will think of you everytime she uses it.

    And that sock is so cool I would have had to find a way to save it, too.

    Now my husbands white tube socks...yeah, ummm.... probably not so much - ha!

    You are so cool!

    Thanks for linking.

    A+

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  14. Thanks, Jenny! Hope you're feeling better.

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  15. lovely ideas...

    Happy Weekend.

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  16. Voila! So creative...and handy!

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