December 7, 2010

SOCK UPCYCLE GIFT TUTORIAL: How to Make Play Donuts from Kids' Socks

One not so fun day at home doing chores, the girls and I were sorting through the box we keep by the washer and dryer for collecting all the odd socks.  The box had reached maximum capacity, and after sorting all the wayward socks into pairs, we were left with a handful of strays that would likely never see their mates again.  "What a shame," I thought, to have to toss away all these sweet little children's socks, as I absentmindedly rolled one in my hands. That's when my nine-year old daughter said, "Mama, that sock looks like a donut!"  
And that's how our sweet and simple little SOCK DONUT project was born. The girls and I spent the rest of the afternoon rolling the stray socks, cutting out felt "icing" and embellishing with bits and beads we found around the house. These plush donuts have gotten plenty of imagination time in our little play kitchen.  I've also enjoyed using one as a pin cushion while I sew!
These little plush donuts make a great gift for a child. They're a whimsical way to "preserve" some of those sweet little baby socks. Very little sewing is required (just sewing the beads to the felt), and the donuts take just a few minutes to make.  You can whip up a whole batch in less than an hour, and package them for gift-giving in a little pink bakery box.  
Here's how to make your own SOCK DONUTS:

Materials
  • Children's socks (clean)
  • Felt
  • Small beads
  • Needle & Thread
  • Glue Gun
Step 1:  Cut toe from sock.
Step 2:  Roll sock in on itself starting with the cut end.  
The end result should look like this:

Step 3:  Cut some "icing" from felt.
Step 4:  Embellish by sewing small beads (I like seed and bugle beads) to the felt with a coordinating thread.
Step 5:  With small dabs of hot glue, attach loose edge of the sock to the top of the "donut".  This will help make it more durable.
Step 6:  Using hot glue, attach the embellished felt "icing" to the top of the sock "donut".

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36 comments:

  1. This is genius. What a darling idea.

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  2. cute, they are almost good enough to eat! my daughter would love these - a great winter project.

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  3. OMGosh! Those are just adorable. Sooooo happy I have been saving those stray socks. Just knew someone would know what to do with them. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Those are so cute. You can use those socks in your hair also. It make a nice donut shaped bun. I think this is an excellent project!

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  5. so simple and so very cute! i think my niece would like these for her "bake shop". such a fabulous idea.

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  6. This is awesome! So many of the tutorials are wayyyy out of my league. This one is super cute! &my nieces would love them.

    Stopping by from Sits!

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  7. How super simple and awesome! I love this idea! You are such a clever lady!

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  8. I think this is brilliant! Jules should be expecting some of these..I better get crafting.

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  9. Those are just too cute! I have a soft spot in my heart for both donuts and crafting food.

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  10. That is so cute! What a great time you all must have had together too. Here from SITS!

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  11. This makes me laugh at how cute they are! Who would have ever though to turn lost socks into fun little donuts! Genius!

    Hannah @ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

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  12. Oh my! How cute! Genius!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  13. My kids adore donuts so much, Im afraid if I make this they will surely try to eat them, they look so real. Gosh they are simply adorable.

    Please link these to my weekly party **Amaze me August** they are so cool.

    Bella :)

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  14. Those are so cute! What a great easy ecofriendly craft to do with kids.

    visiting from SITS

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  15. Thanks for some quality points there. I am kind of new to online , so I printed this off to put in my file, any better way to go about keeping track of it then printing?

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  16. Hey girl, thanks so much for linking up to **Amaze me AUgust**

    I FEATURED your cute sock donuts today, come grab yourself a FEATURED button, and display it proudly!!

    Bella :)

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  17. Superb blog post, I have book marked this internet site so ideally I’ll see much more on this subject in the foreseeable future!

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  18. What a cute idea. And you illustrated and described it beautifully. We done.

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  19. What a cute idea! I could see these as little decorations for parties too!

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  20. Cute, cute, cute!!! What a creative and fun way to recycle!

    Here from SITS; grats on your day as the Featured Blogger!

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  21. These are darling!! what a cute gift idea too! Thanks for sharing! Happy SITS day!

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  22. What an awesome idea! My little one just got a kitchen from Santa, so this would be an excellent addition to his play food.

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Caitlin
    www.pacifierinmypocket.com

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  23. What an adorable idea! My little one just got a kitchen for Christmas, so this would be excellent addition to his play food collection.

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Caitlin
    www.pacifierinmypocket.com

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  24. CLEVER! Love upcycling anything, especially precious socks.

    {happy SITS day!}

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  25. This is an adorable & useful way to use up all those socks that no longer fit or have lost their mates. Thank you for posting this great idea!

    Happy SITS Feature Day!

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  26. Yes, you are a genius! I'm going to get busy and fix a box of donuts for our bunco group! Everyone will get to take one home to enjoy-- love this project!

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  27. What a great idea! So so cute. How is it that I end up with so many strays? WTH happens to all of their mates??? Stopping by from SITS...congrats on your big day!

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  28. Thanks for sharing your great idea! I tweeted and shared it on my facebook fan page!!

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  29. Haha, how cute! :D This sewing project looks easy enough even for me! :)
    They'd make cute pin cushions! :D

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  30. what a fun and easy tute! Found you on a google search for upcycling tutorials! Thanks

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  31. LOVE this idea!!! So darn easy and functional!! I have to go through my pile of "orphaned" socks to make a bunch of these. Thanks for sharing. Cathy

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  32. This is such a cute reusable idea.. I love how sweet they look! They can also be used as pin cushions
    Thanks for linking!

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  33. Hi there! Found your original post from another sock donut tutorial where you were credited as the 'original'. I just posted about the craft over at Craft Gossip! Thanks!

    http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=5392

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  34. Such a great idea!!! I am going to make these as little Christmas gifts/party favors!! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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