How to Repurpose Your Old Socks into Reusable shopping Bags

How to Repurpose Your Old Socks into Reusable shopping Bags

How to Repurpose Your Old Socks into Reusable Shopping Bags

Why Repurpose Old Socks

Single-use plastic bags are terrible for the environment. I want to reduce my plastic waste and make reusable shopping bags. Repurposing old socks that would otherwise be thrown away is a creative way to make reusable bags and give my old socks new life. Upcycling socks into bags keeps them out of landfills.

Making my own reusable bags from old socks saves money compared to buying new reusable bags. Sock bags are customizable and allow me to add my own personal flair. Getting crafty with sock recycling is also a fun DIY project.

Materials Needed

To transform old socks into reusable shopping bags, I will need:

  • Old socks – the more colorful and patterned the better. Ankle and crew socks work best. I will need 2-3 socks per bag.

  • Scissors – for cutting the socks

  • Needle and thread – for sewing the socks into bags

  • 1/2 inch elastic – to create the bag opening

  • Decorative supplies (optional) – buttons, ribbons, fabric glue, fabric scraps to customize my bag designs


Follow these steps to make a reusable shopping bag out of old socks:

  1. Select 2-3 socks in complementary colors and patterns. Turn them inside out.

  2. Cut the toe section off of each sock, about an inch below the heel. These will be the straps of the bag.

  3. Cut the foot section off the remaining sock tube, keeping the cut line as straight as possible. This will be the body of the bag.

  4. Sew the toe (strap) pieces onto the top edge of the body piece, creating the handles. Use a basic whip stitch. Space the handle connections about 6 inches apart.

  5. Turn the bag right side out.

  6. Cut a piece of 1/2 inch elastic about 15 inches long. Form this into a loop and sew each end onto the inside top of the bag, centering it between the handles. This gives the bag’s opening stability.

  7. Add any desired decorative touches using buttons, ribbons, fabric glue, embroidery, fabric paint, etc. Get creative!

  8. Fill bag with groceries and proudly flaunt your handmade sock bag! The designs are endlessly variable.


Here are some tips for success when turning old socks into reusable shopping bags:

  • Choose thicker sock material rather than thin, stretchy socks. The bags need durability.

  • Use similar length socks. Ankle socks work best.

  • Sew slowly and carefully to get nice, strong stitches. Double stitch for extra reinforcement.

  • Consider adding interfacing on the inside of the bag for more structure and stability.

  • Customize each bag with unique decorative touches to make fun designs.

  • Wash bags before first use to pre-shrink the material. Air dry only.

With some basic sewing skills and creativity, I can give my old lonely socks an exciting new purpose while reducing plastic waste. Making reusable sock bags is a win-win DIY upcycling project!