Repurposing Old Socks

repurposing old socks

How many of us have socks that are not being used just lying around the house? Whether it is a single sock that lost its partner, or socks with holes in them, we all do. Did you know that there are so many ways that you can repurpose those old socks? Rather than having them lying around and going to waste, why not give them a new purpose so they can be useful again? In today’s DIY post, we have a few video tutorials specifically on repurposing old socks. You will be shocked at how much you can actually do with some old socks.

Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

1. Repurposing Old Socks Into Small Drawstring Bag

Do you know the definition of stupid easy? If you do, then you’ll know that the video above is just that. You get to make your own drawstring bag by repurposing old socks and it requires minimal sewing. Literally all you really need are scissors, a single sock, a needle and a thread. You also do not have to make the bag as small as it is here. If you would prefer a bigger one, go ahead and make it that way.

2. Repurposing Old Socks Into Pencil Case or Makeup Bag

This tutorial shows you how you can use your old fluffy socks to make pencil cases or makeup bags, or any other storage bag that you want to make. It is super creative and can be customized in so many ways. It requires the use of a zipper, but if you do not want to buy those separately, you can simply remove them from old clothing that you no longer wear.

If you wish to make a lot of these amazing sock bags, you can purchase the zippers here on Amazon.

3. DIY Keychain From Old Socks

This video shows us that another way to repurpose our old socks is to turn them into keychains. This tutorial shows us how to make a simple owl keychain. However, you can always make whatever animal that you wish to make. You will need a little cotton or any other type of stuffing, and some decorations for the face of your animal. And there you have it!

4. Small Rug Made From Old Socks

Scissors, socks and sewing tools are all you will need to make this DIY rug out of your old socks. It may take some time to make, but the result will be worth it. This also takes a lot of finger power, as all of the weaving will be done by your fingers. If you have a little time on your hands, you should definitely try this.

5. DIY Mat From Old Socks

This tutorial shows us how to make a mat from old socks but it is not the same as the previous video. Here, stuffing is used to give the mat a fluffier look and feel. I especially love this one, because it is so soft and you can use it as a pillow it you want to, by making the sock pieces larger and adding more stuffing.

6. Use Your Old Socks to Make Hair Buns

This is the simplest way to make a bun for your hair, and it saves you money since you can use what you already have. All you will need are a pair of scissors and the sock that you plan to use.

7. Repurposing Old Socks Into Headbands

If you have any of those thigh high socks, or any other sock that is very lengthy, you will be able to make yourself a headband. Only minimal sewing will be needed to complete this and it can be done in five minutes, as shown in the tutorial.

8. 4 Ways to Repurpose Your Old Socks

Watch the video to find out four very innovative ways that you can reuse your socks. They are fun, creative and super effective. My favorite idea in this video is the heating pad. Watch it to find out what your favorite repurposed sock idea will be.

9. 40 Repurposed Sock Ideas

All these ideas about how to recycle your old socks are guaranteed to save you money. It can be surprising all the things your socks can be used to make, and how effective they are when being used. Go ahead and watch this video so that you can get repurposing ASAP.

NB, No matter how old and worn out your socks are, you can always donate them to charity. Find out why and how here.

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The Benefits of DIY and Tips To Succeed

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There is a DIY YouTube channel for pretty much anything out there; not to mention network television channels like DIY Network and HGTV to name a few. The DIY wagon is loaded and more passengers and jumping on! You may ask why? But more importantly, why haven’t you jumped on as well? It’s relatively cheap and very rewarding. We’re here to look at the awesome benefits of DIY and tips on how to effectively execute a project. So don’t even think about hiring someone, just Do It Yourself.

Every year more and more persons are realizing that the solution to a problem is not beyond them. With good guidance, you can build your own or fix your own anything. I too am an avid believer in the DIY movement and I love every moment of learning something new. Then the excitement and impatience swoop in when I finally see my project coming to life and looking like what I want. It’s awesome! But the best part is, anyone can DIY.

What is DIY?

DIY is a popular term meaning “Do It Yourself”. DIY is the method of building, modifying, or repairing things without the direct aid of experts or professionals. Thankfully, we can have our experts and professionals at our fingertips and mouse clicks. The internet has made DIY one of the most rewarding endeavors in today’s world.

A brief history of DIY

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Photograph by Philip Swinburn

DIY has been around for a very long time. From ancient temples in Greece to the home improvements of the early 1900s, DIY has been always been intertwined within our cultures but it wasn’t really recognized as it is today. This is mainly due to fact that information was hard to come by.  Now it is prevalent in many parts of the world. Let’s look at how at the DIY movement of the 1970s and onwards.

Whole earth catalog

The movement spread through North America in the 70s by the aid of magazines. One such was the Whole Earth Catalog written by the young visionary, Stewart Brand. The initial magazine and its successors focused on tools such as carpenters’ and masons’ tools, garden tools, welding equipment, chainsaws, and fiberglass materials and so on — even early personal computers. During this period, DIY content grew rapidly from single articles to entire “how to” books.

However, the advent of the World Wide Web is the primary reason why this movement grew exponentially beyond the scope of North America to the farthest parts of the earth. Bulletin boards like HouseNet and websites like HomeTips.com were among the first Web-based sites to deliver free extensive DIY home-improvement content created by expert authors.

By the late 1990s, thousands of site across the web were publishing DIY content. The momentum of the movement was in full swing and there was no stopping it. The rest of the story is where we are now…countless materials are out there on the web for “how to” DO something.

Benefits to DIY

Now let’s look at the benefits to DIY. The most obvious answer is that you can save money right. This is true and we can all cite the ways DIY can help us save more but I would like to point out some other benefits of DIY; benefits that would not readily come to your mind.

1. It can be very fulfilling

DIY is certainly fun! The joy of seeing something you’ve made come to life, especially when you’re not a professional or expert in the field to begin with. It gives a sense of accomplishment and who doesn’t want that feeling every now and again.

2. It will help you to relax

To follow up on the previous point, DIY helps to relieve stress. When you’re caught up with some project, it consumes your time and thoughts, pushing back all negative experiences so you may focus on the project at hand. This is one of its most powerful benefits for me. I can remember those times when building a wooden lamp was like therapy for me.

3. Learn a valuable skill

This cannot be overstated. DIY places you into a classroom where you are endowed with knowledge and wisdom. In the past, we would have to pay someone to teach us some new skill. But now you can learn how to tile your bathroom wall, do your own landscaping or even decorate your house like a pro with scrap materials all for free! Thousands of courses are available online, thousands of videos and other content on how to become proficient in an area. Make use of them.

4. Helps you to meet new people

You will meet others just like you when you start to search on how to DIY. You will find persons with the same issues you have and how they overcame them. Meeting like-minded people helps you to broaden your knowledge and expand your network. Plus, we all could use a little extra help some time.

5. You can help out a friend

Speaking of help, DIY allows you to be able to help out a friend in need. Your new skill will come in handy when there is a friend who needs to undertake some project, like making use of extra space in wall corners. Good thing is, you know how to do this. Your new skill will help to build a stronger relationship with your friends, not to mention impress them.

6. Gains respect of others

I have been on the receiving end of quite a bit of ‘wows’ and surprised expression when my colleagues find out that I built that floating shelf or that lamp. This is what I’m talking. Others tend to admire your work ethic and creativity when they realize the project you’ve undertaken and accomplished. A little confidence booster goes a long way.

7. Makes for better conversation

My stories of what happened while I was building are always a very funny point in any conversation. Your experiences will allow you to be able to share more substantially in conversations at work or even on a date (That point should’ve been earlier right). But it’s true, there is usually a lot of mirth in DIY stories and the more you have the better. Just don’t overdo it on that date ok.

8. Increases home equity

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Photograph by Gustavo Zambelli

As you commit to several projects, you can change the look and feel of your home completely. DIY has that power because you tend to undertake these projects little by little and before you know it, you’ve added significant value to your home through your home improvement projects. You probably would start a garden, plant some trees, repaint, refinish the deck and so on.

9. Keeps the brain sharp

Earlier I spoke about how DIY helps to distract you from negative thoughts and instead drives you to focus on the task at hand. In addition to that point, DIY also helps to improve your focus, problem solving skills, critical thinking analysis and increase your spatial reasoning abilities. Wow right. These simple tasks can have an amazing impact on your intellectual growth. From time to time you will have to improvise to fix a situation and this experience can really improve your reasoning capabilities as your think of a solution to the problem.

10. Exercise and weight loss.

While your mind goes into an aerobics session, so does your body. Well kinda. DIY involves a lot of movement at times and this is beneficial to your health. The constant movement helps you to burn those calories and many times you even forget about eating because of your desire to complete the task. DIY will help to encourage the health of the body and mind.

11. Make extra money

Your newly acquired skills are often utilized on a pro bono basis but there is also the opportunity – and it may present itself – when you are offered money to replicate a project you’ve created. This is the chance to earn some extra bucks for your new skills. As long as your work in organized and professional, you will get offers. Be prepared by knowing how the market prices certain tasks and products.

12. More options in retirement

As I get older, I often think about what I’m gonna do when am real older. Well, after I retire, I don’t just want to sit around, do nothing and wait. I still want to be active and what better way to be active on your own time than to be engaged in some DIY around the house and yard. Your days will be filled with purpose and life again as you leave the office behind. Start new projects every month if possible. Never stop doing it yourself! (Unless you can’t of course)

Challenges you may encounter when you try to DIY

Confusion when Doing it yourself

As you begin to DIY there are bound to be some hiccups along the way. Some of these challenges are:

Insufficient explanation from your DIY guide

Sometimes the YouTuber or web author you are attempting to follow provides very little in the way of explanations. This leaves you in a place of confusion and halts your progress.

Possible Fix: When this happens, I normally search for another video or article with a similar item to what I’m building and if I’m successful with the search, I could improvise to get a fix for my own problem.

You do not have the proper tools or materials

I cannot state how many times this has happened to me, especially when I just started out with DIY carpentry. I didn’t have the proper power tools to help me carry out an effective and efficient job. This would then cause me to not even start the project.

Possible Fix: Made do with what you have until you possess the proper tools. You can find a variety of methods used to build particular things and this often involves using a variety of different tools/materials. Get to searching online using specific terms such as “alternative ways to…”

Intimidation

You’re not the first person to feel a bit intimidated by the DIY instructions. You wonder if you can really pull this off either based on the technicalities or the tools required. You fear you might fail. But don’t worry. Sometimes you’ll be unsuccessful at first. Failures and mistakes are a part of life and we can learn from them. The difficulty of the journey is a part of what makes these DIY stories so riveting anyway.

Possible Fix: Try to take it step by step. Re-watch the video if you need to, slowing down or pausing at problematic areas until you get it just right.

Start over if necessary

At times your project may turn out very badly. You may not have cut something to the correct size or perhaps you skipped a step or anything else that would cause your work to not turn out the way you want.

Possible Fix: Don’t panic or give up. Take a minute and look at what went wrong and most importantly, do not be afraid to start over. Either during the same day or the next. I find that the next day might be better to start over as you would wake with fresh enthusiasm and a new slate, perhaps even a new idea. Sometimes starting over is just what we need to succeed so don’t be afraid to do it. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

Best practices to follow for DIY

Safety, safety, safety first!

That’s it.

Just joking. But safety is one of the most important aspects of DIY. I’ve undertaken numerous projects using power tools such as circular saws, sanders, drills and to this date I have never been injured while working. The risk will be there but we can mitigate against these risks by doing the following:

  • Wear safety goggles especially when dealing with wood, glass or any other sharp object.
  • Wear safety gloves based on what you’re working on. See a list of gloves and application below.
  • Wear dust masks when working with small flying particles such as sawdust, glass dust or chemicals.
  • Never remove safety feature from power tools or devices. Some devices are built with a guard to protect the user from making contact with the moving part of the device.
  • Use tool/ device as prescribed by the manufacturer. In other words, READ THE MANUAL.
  • Read or watch the content in its entirety first before attempting to start a project. Then read or watch again as a step by step guide to completing the project. This will equip you with the knowledge of the entire process so you may be familiar with the entire build and possibly make changes as you see fit.

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