Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Socks Upcycling

Ever been left with a single sock after washing? What do you do with those lone socks?  There are endless possibilities for reusing and upcycling old socks - from tying them together to make a skipping rope, to putting your hand inside them to use as a car cleaning cloth!
Wiki How has a great list of 31 uses for old socks.

But what about something a little cuter to make from an old pair of socks?  I have found so many cute cuddly creatures that can be made from socks - here are a few.

Have you heard of sock monkeys? They are probably the best known animal to be made out of an old pair of socks.  

I checked up on their history to find where they originated. As with most clothes upcycles, their origins can be found back when people made the most of the resources they had, reusing and upcycling rather than buying new when they needed something - largely due to financial necessity, but it was a way of life then. 
Soft toys were probably made from whatever materials were at hand, old worn clothing included.

The first 'Sock Monkey' is believed to have appeared during the Great Depression in the early 1900s America with old worn out socks being given a new lease of life as Sock Monkey toys for kids.  Why a monkey? One theory is that exotic African animals were popular at that time, and a monkey was a suitable choice as a child's toy as monkeys were 'safe animals' that wouldn't be the kind that would 'eat' children!

There were also a brand of socks produced at that time by Nelson Knitting Mills that had a distinctive red heel (the red heel becoming the monkey's mouth).  Finding that their socks were being used to make sock monkeys with, this company began including Sock Monkey making instructions with each pair of red heeled socks sold!
 I love this idea - companies encouraging upcycling and providing instructions for how to do so when your clothes become worn!

The sock monkey tutorial I have used several times and find very clear is this one from Craft Passion. Here are the monkeys I've made - including a sock lion made using this pattern also from Craftpassion.

I also made a pair of Incredible Hulk Sock Monkeys using the same tutorial.

Then I tried a Sock Kitten,

And finally I produced my own tutorial for these cute Sock Dogs.

I also found a tutorial for Sock Skeletons - perfect for Halloween which is just around the corner!

For other ideas to upcycle old socks...

Here's a nice simple refashion..

For LOTS more cool sock upcycling ideas, you can go to my
 Pinterest Board (I have a board for each clothing item). 

Have you ever upcycled a pair of old socks? What have you made them into? I'd love to here any more suggestions and see pictures too!

For over 600 clothes upcycling projects and ideas to upcycle everything from socks to t-shirts and sweaters, head over to the Clothes Upcycling Projects Page
get some upcycling inspiration, and even add your own projects too!

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Monday, August 22, 2016

A Round Tuit 324

Hello and welcome to another week here at Creating my way to Success.
Last week I finished upcycling all the socks in my stash while watching the end of the Olympics.
I made a couple of Incredible Hulk Sock Monkeys.

And a couple of Sock Dogs, for which I posted my own first 
sock upcycle tutorial!

So how about you? What have you been up to this week? Let's get this party started and find out!


Welcome to this week's linky party. A place where you can link up your posts and creations, and be inspired by others.

Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!

Here's my favourites from last week's party:
First of all, I just had to share this post from Tea and a Sewing Machine telling us why sewing is good for you!

Next, a neat video tutorial for making 
Simple Braided Bracelets from The Crafting Nook.

Finally, this gorgeous crocheted 
Dandelion Cushion from Kat Kat Katoen.

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Link up your own projects - old or new - no rules - just share your creativity and inspiration!
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Breakfast and Dessert ideas

Yay! It's the weekend!  And almost the end of the Olympics. Have you been watching? I have - and have loved every minute of it. I must admit though, once it's over and next week begins I shall be getting a lot more done! 

But for now, it's time for me to share some fabulous features from this week's Round Tuit party.  All food features this week!

First of all, some tasty looking breakfast ideas.

And some delicious dessert ideas.

I hope you enjoyed this week's features and that you have a fabulous weekend.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sock Dog Upcycle Tutorial - from a single sock

I'm down to the last pair of socks in my stash of clothes to be upcycled so I thought it was time to move on from using other people's tutorials and create one of my own.

One thing I've found through making sock animals is that most tutorials require a pair of socks. But I thought that making these little cute cuddly animals from socks is the perfect solution for what to do with odd socks - so I decided to create a tutorial that uses just a single sock!

So here's how to make a sock dog from a single sock.

First of all turn your sock inside out and flatten down. Then you need to mark and stitch the pieces on the sock like this. The head piece is just the toe section cut, all other pieces require stitching.  I just went ahead and stitched the lines, but you may prefer to mark them with chalk first, then stitch.

Cut these pieces out and turn right sides out.

Then each piece needs to be stuffed and stitched.

All that I had left over from my sock was these small scraps.

Which I put inside the main body part with the stuffing. So no waste at all from this sock!

First stuff the body part, then using a needle and thread, run a line of large running stitches around the top of the opening and pull tight to close, then stitch to secure.

Now take the tail, stuff and stitch the open end closed. Then attach to the centre of the back straight edge of the body.

Take one leg, stuff and stitch the open end closed then line up and attach to the body where you want the leg to be. 

Repeat with the other 3 legs.

Now take the head. Stuff and stitch the open end closed.

Take one ear, stuff and stitch the open end closed, then attach to the top at one side of the flat end of the head you just stitched.

Repeat with the other ear. When you attach the second ear, use a long piece of thread, then when the ear is secure, push the needle through to where you want one of the eyes to be, and then attach both button eyes, stitching securely in place.

Now all that remains is to attach the head to the body.

And there you have a cute little sock doggie!

I made two as I had a pair of old socks!

So that's all my socks upcycled. I made a kitten, an elephant, two Hulk monkeys and these two doggies!  I've had a lot of fun and learnt lots with these upcycles.  What will I upcycle next week?

If you liked this tutorial, I have lots more

And for over 100 free sewing tutorials for all levels of sewing ability, take a look at My Free Sewing Tutorials Page.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Incredible Hulk Sock Monkeys

Continuing to use up my stash of clothes to be upcycled, I made a start on Christmas presents!

I'd bought a twin pack of socks as a birthday present for a friend last year only to find that they were several sizes too small.  I've kept them ever since, not yet finding someone else to gift them too.

So, I decided to make them into something different and gift them to a couple of kids who I know will appreciate these Incredible Hulk Sock Monkeys!

I used this tutorial for making sock monkeys, that is nice and clear and I've used previously.

Making sock monkeys is very simple.
You stitch out the lines on the inside out socks for the legs, arms, tail and ears, and cut off one of the sock toes for the monkey's mouth.

Then cut out the pieces,

Turn them right sides out, 

Then all that remains is to stuff the pieces, stitch them together and add a little white felt and black buttons for eyes.

And there he is - the first Incredible Hulk Sock Monkey all finished!

And I made his friend the same way with the other pair of Hulk socks.

His legs actually say 'The Incredible Hulk' if you put them together!

They make a cute pair don't you think?
And hopefully they will be loved by their recipients when given as gifts at Christmas time!

I only have one more pair of socks in my stash to use up.

Do come back tomorrow to see what I make with them!

For lots more ideas and inspiration for upcycling clothes, take a look at the long term linky that has over 600 projects linked up. Feel free to add your own too!