DIY Sock Potholder

Saving the World—and Burnt Fingers—One Sock at a Time

(Hello again to Jen, one of the bloggers trying out for a spot on the Re-Nest editorial team. Her first post on Water Bottle Notebooks can be found here. Comments are welcome!)

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Where do missing socks go? More importantly, what to do with the remaining single sock? Until now, my useless spares were regulated to an (overflowing) drawer for a TBA reunion. So I was thrilled—and so was my boyfriend, who now has extra closet space—when I found a way to repurpose the extras into a potholder.

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Remember weaving kits from summer camp? Back then, the cotton rings that came with the loom were actually surplus fabric from sock factories, but today they are manufactured. In an attempt to be green, I got retro by cutting a few unmatched socks into1/4 inch thick loops. Because of their tube shape, socks are perfect for making the bands -- just wash them first!

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You can find directions for the weaving process here. I purchased my potholder loom from a craft store, but you could just as easily make your own by nailing brads into scrap wood. Space the brads a 1/4 of an inch apart in a square the size of a potholder. Just like when I was a kid…I'm giving it to Mom for her birthday.

-Jen