Recycling Old and Orphan Socks

Posted on March 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM

If you google reusing old socks, you'll get hundreds of helpful hints. Most, to be sure, are similar and utilitarian. If you've got a horde of no-longer-serviceable socks lurking in laundry baskets and cupboards, any of these ideas would certainly work for you.

There are some, however, who can make something as mundane and boring as an orphan sock and turn it into something much more. For example, have a gander at Orla Kiely's sock plant cozies. 

You mix and match socks of different colors and patterns, and slip them over jars, glasses or small plant pots. Snip off the sock bottoms so the pots stand flat on the table, and fill the pots or planters with flowers or herbs. I would think that you would need to glue the selvedge edges down at the bottom of the container to prevent unravelling as well.

And if you want a laugh, check out how two cheeky German designers are marketing a "new" use for tube socks as table and chair leg covers. Of course, any hausfrau would have told them that their grannies probably used old socks this way whenever they polished their wooden floors and needed to move the furniture. 

For more ideas about recycling, reusing, and repurposing old, orphan, shrunken, worn-out socks go here

Plant Cozies Photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo for Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine

Chair with Tube Socks Photo from Chris & Ruby

Categories: Fabric & Textiles, Green Household, Environment

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