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Upcycled Sock Balls

Have you ever wondered what to do with those lonely, mismatched socks that seem to accumulate in your drawer? Instead of tossing them away, why not give them a new lease on life by upcycling them into adorable sock balls? This creative and eco-friendly DIY project is not only a great way to repurpose old socks but also a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy. These upcycled sock balls can be used in various ways. They make fantastic toys for pets, as the soft texture and playful bounce will keep them entertained for hours. Additionally, they can be used as stress balls or juggling props for humans, providing a fun and tactile way to relieve tension. With their vibrant colors and unique patterns, these sock balls also make charming decorative accents for your home or office.

All you need to make some nice soft balls for throwing and catching games, outside and indoors are:

  • Old socks - clean ones of course!
  • Fibre Fill
  • A needle and thread

You can get 2 balls from each sock unless your sock has a large hole on the toes or heel.

These socks are well worn, with thin, see through heels and one had quite a hole. Because this hole has caused a run up the back of the sock I couldn’t use the ankle part of this sock so was able to get 3 balls from these 2 socks.

Start by smoothing a sock as flat as possible and cut the toe and heel off.

Do the same with the ankle part of the sock, cut off the heel and the ribbing.

Turn the tube you have inside out and prepare a length of thread. Cut a length of thread about 50cm (20”) and fold it in half. Thread the needle and tie a knot at one end. You are stitching with 2 strands of thread so that the stitching is really secure and you can pull really tight without having to worry that it will snap.

Stitch a simple running stitch about 1/2 cm from the top edge all the way round the tube then pull it really tight.

Now cast of the thread. To do this you make a small stitch and pull the thread till it forms a loop. Then pop your needle through that loop and pull it tight. Repeat that process another time to make it secure and then once more for luck!

Turn it right side out and stuff with fibre fill.

Take another length of thread, doubled up as before and work another row of running stitch 1 cm down from the new top edge. Pull this really tight and as you pull, tuck the ends in. Cast off in exactly the same way and that’s it - your sock ball is finished.

I used a contrast thread here so you can see my stitches but you might like to use a thread the same colour as your socks so it doesn’t show.

The size of your sock balls will depend on 2 things. How big the socks where to begin with - children’s socks will be smaller than adult socks of course and also how much fibre fill you use. If you use less fibre fill the balls will be quite squishy and easier for little ones to grip and hold, but if you add more filling then the balls will be firmer. There is no right or wrong, you make them however you like!

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