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15 Fun Ways to Upcycle Old Socks

Reusing old socks for crafting and DIY purposes is the kind of awesomely diverse basic idea that we could write whole posts about for days. There are just so many things you can turn old socks into and ways to give them a new lease on life!

We find that sock upcycling crafts are something that both the adults and kids in our family have fun doing, so we’re always keeping our eyes peeled for new ideas we’ve never tried yet, just to keep some neat things on the back burner for a rainy day.

Do you love the idea of making new things from old socks just as much as we do, if not more? Check out these 15 super fun ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration!

1. Mismatch sock plush snake


Whether you’re looking at this piece as a toy or a cushion, it’s an awesome thing for both little kids and small animals. This tutorial from Grosgrain Fab shows you how to sew old socks wit their toes cut off end-to-end and stuff them, then spiral the whole plush tube and stitch the layers into place, as well as how to add button eyes and a silly tongue. It’s fun and also a great way to introduce kids to the basics of beginner sewing techniques.

2. Sock and button teddybear


Have we really got your attention with this whole idea of making soft, comforting plushies from old socks but you’re just not sure you have enough old socks to make the entire snake we showed you? Then perhaps you’d get along better with a miniature toy that an be made from just one pair! We’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way Rawr Creatures made this miniature squishy teddy bear with a button face and heart.

3. Lop eared sock bunny


Are you a little bit more experienced in the basics of easy sewing and the techniques required to make small plush toys, so you’re looking for something slightly more challenging than the bear we just showed you? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way Craft Passion outlines the steps for making this adorable sock bunny with cute floppy ears!

4. Sock snowman


Christmas might be over for the year, but that doesn’t mean winter isn’t sticking around for a while longer! We fully bookmark winter themed crafts all year round because we know that our kids love making them for as long as there’s snow outside. That’s why these super cute and rather easy sock snowmen from Darkroom & Dearly caught our eye so well!

5. Colourful sock dragon


Are you a more advanced sewing enthusiast who adores making plush toys and upcycling and feels a little more prepared to make and attach very little pieces? Well, especially if you love working with bright shades, then we’re convinced that this adorably colourful dragon is the perfect project for you! Take a better look at Craft Passion to see how it’s done.

6. Little sock girl


If you’re going to put in the time and effort it takes to make yourself or a loved one a little plush toy from socks, would you rather make a slightly more classic doll than an animal? Well, just because you’re using a classic style doesn’t mean the doll can’t still look adorably modern! We adore the way Instructables outlines the steps for making this little sock girl complete with long hair and a matching winter sweater dress outfit, with easy details from her socks to her scarf to her toque.

7. Sock animal baby rattle


Are you definitely settled on making a plush toy for a child, but the kid you have in mind is very young so you want to make it the best it can be for a baby? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get a real kick out of the way Handimania now only turned an old pair of socks into a cut striped bunny, but also made the project a DIY rattle so it makes fun sounds when you shake it!

8. Classic sock monkey


Even if you’ve never tried actually making a sock monkey before, we’d still be willing to bet that you, like almost everyone else (especially in the crafting world) at least knows immediately what we’re talking about when we say that! We’ve always found it really satisfying and fulfilling to learn how to make classic toys like this, so we keep this awesome sock monkey tutorial from The Whoot bookmarked because we like to make them for the kids in our lives (and even some of the adults) as gifts from time to time.

9. Miniature sock Baymax


Are your kid total animated movie buffs? Perhaps you’re just the kind of crafter who really likes making things that are featured in pop culture. Either way, we have a feeling that you might get a real kick out of the way Craft Passion guides you through the surprisingly simple process of making this adorable upcycled sock plush Baymax from the movie Big Hero 6!

10. No-sew sock octopus


Are you still feeling really intent on making yourself some kind of adorable upcycled sock plush but you don’t actually know how to sew yet and you aren’t sure you have the time to learn even the basics right now? Well, thanks to One Good Thing by Jillee, there’s still a cute option for you! We’d definitely encourage you to check out this adorable plush sock octopus that’s a completely no-sew project.

11. Fuzzy sock sheep


Do you have both fuzzy and plain socks ready to be upcycled but you’re feeling kind of interested in making something that will actually take advantage of the softness, since you have both? Then we think this adorable fuzzy sheep plush tutorial outlined step by step on  Craft Passion might be right up your alley! We love the way they look as a collection like this made from fuzzy socks of different colours and patterns.

12. Yarn and sock lion


In addition to being good at enough basic sewing techniques that you can comfortably make plush toys, are you also a yarn crafting enthusiast who always has a stash of ends left over from knitting or crochet projects? Then it sounds like you have just about everything you need to make this adorable yarn and sock lion featured in detail on Craft Passion!

13. Funny sock hamsters


Have you always been really interested in kawaii culture and the adorable style of the different crafts and toys you’ve seen along those lines, but you’re still a crafting beginner so you’re also hoping to keep things easy? In that case, we’d be willing to bed that you’ll have some luck with these adorable little sock hamsters! DIY is Fun is here to show you how to construct their rounded bodies and create their tummies and little faces.

14. Thanksgiving sock turkey


Are you the kind of seasonal crafter who adores bookmarking tutorials for any time of year, all year round, even if you’re not quite near that particular holiday yet, just to make sure you have some ideas on hand when the right time comes around? Then we have a feeling you’ll love this funny little upcycled sock turkey plush featured in detail on Craft Passion just as much as we do!

15. Sock caterpillar


Did you really like the long tube technique you saw in the very first tutorial we showed you but the child that you’re hoping to craft a toy for is quite afraid of snakes, even when they look like cartoon rainbows? The maybe you’d have better luck making something like this adorably bright and rounded upcycled sock caterpillar outlined in nice, clear steps on Parents.com!

Have you made other adorable projects from upcycled socks before that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you made and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!