How to Upcycle Your Old Socks into Reusable Sandwich Bags
Reusing old materials in creative ways is an excellent way to reduce waste and give new life to items you already own. One fun upcycling project is transforming old socks into reusable sandwich and snack bags. With just a few easy steps, those lonely singles can become a handy kitchen accessory.
Gather Your Materials
- Old socks – look for ones without holes or thin spots. Ankle and low-cut socks work best.
- Hand sewing needle and thread – embroidery floss or regular thread works.
- Fabric glue (optional) – helpful for closing up holes or sealing seams.
Prepare The Socks
- Carefully cut off the sock feet just below the heel. Save these sock ends – we’ll use them later.
- For the main sock bag body, cut off the ribbed ankle band so you have a tube shape.
- Turn sock inside out through the cut tube end. This puts the seam on the inside.
Close Up One End
- At one end of the tube, fold over about 1/2 inch of the fabric and sew it closed. Make sure to backstitch for durability.
- You can also apply fabric glue inside the fold before sewing for extra hold.
Create A Closure Flap
- On the open end, cut two small slits an inch or two apart. Make sure they are centered across the opening.
- Fold over the flap section between the slits to the inside of the bag.
- Sew or glue it in place along the fold.
Make Drawstring Closures
- Take one of the leftover sock feet pieces. Cut it open lengthwise.
- Insert the raw edges into the slits. Knot or sew the ends together to create a drawstring closure.
- Repeat on the other slit with the remaining sock foot.
And that’s it! Now you can fill your new sock bag with snacks, sandwiches, or small items and cinch it closed. Get creative with patterns and fabrics by mixing and matching socks.
- Look for cotton or cotton-blend socks. They tend to be more durable.
- Darker fabrics hide stains better if using for food.
- Sort socks by weight/density. Lighter fabrics work for snacks, while heavier blends are good for bulky sandwiches.
- Get the kids involved by letting them decorate the bags with fabric markers.
Upcycling socks takes just a bit of time but keeps plastic bags out of landfills. Try making a few to replace zip-top baggies. Your snacks will be happy and so will the planet!