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Thread: Socks....what to do with them

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    It has come to my attention that whenever I have to figure out a problem with my quilting.....come to this site. The people here (men and women) seem to always have an answer. My question: Has anyone found a good "sewing" use for those socks that lost or outlived their partner? I must have hundreds of single socks, all fabrics, all colors, all shapes. I keep sacking them up and "hoarding them away" in a cupboard. I could sure use that cupboard for other things. Got any ideas?

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    Applique them onto blocks and make a quilt out of them? :D:D:D

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    Sock monkeys or other sock animals. Sock puppets, use them for polishing furniture.

    Or fill them with beans and sew the end up and make bean bags for a bean bag toss game.

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    Found a site: www.themismatchedsock.com. Looks like it may be a charitable organization starting up January lst. Will be looking into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk
    Sock monkeys or other sock animals. Sock puppets, use them for polishing furniture.

    Or fill them with beans and sew the end up and make bean bags for a bean bag toss game.
    I have dusted and polished furniture with them but then they end up back in the wash. Maybe I should go the Punky Brewster way and wear them mismatched?

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    I would like to know where the mate goes. I think there are sock abductors that come in the middle of the night and take them. I am also curious to hear what to do with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I would like to know where the mate goes. I think there are sock abductors that come in the middle of the night and take them. I am also curious to hear what to do with them.
    A lot of mine go in the garbage: darling hubby. He will actually dust with one and then toss it into the garbage thereby leaving an orphan.

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    If they are white, they make snowmen, just put about a cup of rice in the bottom, add fiberfill, gather, and put in fiberfill, gather, put in smaller fiberfill, gather at the top or add a cap. embroider features, and voila, Snowman

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    They are great for cleaning glass.

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    My husband has a few one of a kind socks..lol

    He has to wear one of those compression socks so those odd ones come in handy.

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    The "new" thing is to wear them mismatched. My daughter started this trend at her school because she was too lazy to find the match now it is a hit!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by marknfran
    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I would like to know where the mate goes. I think there are sock abductors that come in the middle of the night and take them. I am also curious to hear what to do with them.
    A lot of mine go in the garbage: darling hubby. He will actually dust with one and then toss it into the garbage thereby leaving an orphan.
    Darn! I don't have anyone I can blame.
    I get a kick out of your DH. My late husband would mend his socks until they fell apart. I started to sneak them in the trash when he was napping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    The "new" thing is to wear them mismatched. My daughter started this trend at her school because she was too lazy to find the match now it is a hit!! :)
    I don't think I am quite ready for this. I once wore two different shoes to town, same style-one black one dark brown. I was so embarrassed. I started looking at them in the bathroom where there is a lot more light.

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    This may sound harsh, spread then all sock in the house all over the carpet and begin matching, for some reason I'll find one here or there, can make a game of it. May then find a few more pair you didn't see before. Then run don't walk to the dumpster, do this the night before pickup. (just my opinion kinda gross to wear someone elses socks)
    Then put on your gift list new socks, specific style and color. add the upc, so mixing and matching won't be such a hard to choose.
    This does remind me of sock wars we had when younger, Mom finally put initals on the toe section. :)

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    stuff them with batting and fabric scraps to use as pincushions. :-)

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    Their donation is something I would do, but everything that goes in the mail requires postage.

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    saw a book at joannes called...i think,... 'crazy sock creatures'
    it was sure cute! had dozens of different (creatures) made out of orphan socks... there are lots of projects...remember sock monkeys?
    i have a friend who makes really simple rice bags...she fills long athletic socks with rice and ties the end closed...cotton socks only...they work great for draping around the neck. try a search of 'sock-crafts'
    lots of things to do with them :thumbup:

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    I saw that book too! Lots of cute ones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I would like to know where the mate goes. I think there are sock abductors that come in the middle of the night and take them. I am also curious to hear what to do with them.
    Ray Stevens has a whole song about missing socks.

    I usually cut the toe off then cut them down the back and use them for rags. That way the least worn part (the center of the front) is in the middle of the rag. They would be cute cut all the way in half (down the back and up the front) then appliqued onto a quilt as a new "pair". If there's a hole just stitch around it and let the back fabric show through.

    BTW, it takes two socks to make a sock monkey but I suppose they could be different.

    Check out this website. There's all kinds of animals made from socks, gloves, etc.

    http://happyhybridsco.com/

    The art teacher at our school and her mother have come up with this.

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