Repurposing Old Socks into Cozy Slippers

Repurposing Old Socks into Cozy Slippers
Repurposing Old Socks into Cozy Slippers

Repurposing Old Socks into Cozy Slippers

Reusing old materials in creative ways is an excellent form of sustainable living. Turning worn-out socks into cozy slippers is one fun DIY project for repurposing textiles. With just a few basic materials and some simple hand-sewing, you can give new life to holey socks and keep your feet warm all winter long.

Gathering Materials

  • Old socks – Look for socks made from wool, cotton, or other natural fibers. Avoid socks with large holes or thinning fabric. Thicker, higher quality socks work best.
  • Fabric scraps – Scraps of felt, fleece, flannel, etc. will form the slipper sole. Choose a fabric with some thickness and cushion.
  • Thread and needle – You’ll need a embroidery/sewing needle and coordinating thread.
  • Scissors – Both fabric shears and small scissors for detailed cutting.
  • Straight pins – To hold pieces together while sewing.
  • Fabric glue (optional) – Can reinforce stitches if desired.
  • Embellishments – Ribbons, buttons, pom poms, lace trim, etc. for decoration.

Steps for Sewing Sock Slippers

1. Prepare the Socks

  • Turn each sock inside out. This puts the smoother sock interior on the outside of the finished slippers.
  • Use fabric shears to carefully cut off the foot portion of each sock, removing any thinned out heels/toes. Leave the ribbed cuff intact.
  • For taller slippers, cut farther up the leg of the sock. For shorter slippers, make your cut closer to the heel.
  • Turn the cut sock pieces right side out once more. The cut edges will roll slightly, forming the opening for your foot.

2. Cut Soles

  • Place each sock piece on your fabric scrap and trace around them. Add 1/4-1/2 inch seam allowance.
  • Cut out the sole pieces. Make sure they are at least 1 inch wider than the sock footprint all the way around.
  • Pin the sock piece to the sole piece, aligning edges. The sock should be centered on the sole.

3. Sew the Pieces Together

  • With right sides facing together, sew the sock and sole together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  • Start at one side of the opening, stitch around the heel, and end at the other side. Backstitch at each end for reinforcement.
  • Trim seam allowance down and turn slipper right side out. Use a chopstick or pencil to gently push out the curves.

4. Finish the Edges

  • Fold under the raw edge of the sock cuff 1/4 inch and press. This creates a tidy finished edge.
  • Topstitch around the outer slipper edges close to the seam line. This secures the layers.
  • Add a second row of stitching 1/4 inch from the folded sock edge to create a faux hem.

5. Add Decorative Embellishments (Optional)

Get creative with buttons, ribbon, embroidery, fabric paint, lace, appliques, or other decorative trims! Here are some ideas:

  • Sew buttons down the center front of each slipper
  • Weave narrow ribbon through the top cuff edge
  • Embroider or fabric paint initials, flowers, stripes, polka dots, etc.
  • Sew lace around the top cuff
  • Applique felt shapes like hearts, stars, leaves, etc.

Let your imagination run wild to make these slippers your own!

Caring for Your Sock Slippers

  • Spot clean gently by hand as needed. Avoid soaking or machine washing.
  • Let air dry completely before wearing again.
  • Repair any loose stitches right away to avoid further damage.
  • For a quick refresh, spray lightly with fabric refresher spray.
  • Keep away from pets who may want to chew the socks! Store out of reach when not wearing.

Upcycling old socks intoslippers is a budget-friendly way to keepyour feet cozy year after year. Put your creativity to work customizing a pair today!