1- Hem the foot part to become a running shoe sock.
2- Hem the top part to become a hot coffee cup holder.
3- Cut the feet off a bunch of socks and sew them together in a long snake. Stuff with more matchless socks. Sew the ends shut, draw on eyes and a mouth with permanent marker if you feel like it, and make a door draft stopper.
4- Fold sock in 2,3 or 4, whatever is needed to achieve desired thickness, and sew it together to make a washable mouse pad for your wrist.
5- Bend a metal coat hanger end into a square, put sock around it (probably have to sew in place) and use as a net to scoop bugs out of the kiddie pool.
6- Use to store individual sandals for the winter or travel.
7- Use to hold broken glass or other sharp garbage so it doesn’t rip through your trash bag.
8- To store pruning scissors.
9- To store regular scissors for travel.
10- Sew leg part shut to insulate a water bottle.
11- Make leg or arm warmers.
My husband makes homemade beer so we have a giant, glass jar for part of the process. It’s impossible to dry and we can’t leave it lying around for 2 weeks to “air dry” because we have toddlers. You can’t store it in the basement without saran-wrapping the opening or the bugs get in, but then the water can’t get out. Last night when I had a stroke of genius I popped a doomed matchless sock over the opening! The water can still get out, the bugs can’t get in and the 15 pound jar can go in the basement! Plus, we don’t pollute the environment with plastic wrap.
Other things to do with matchless socks
Stuff a matchless sock with another matchless sock and sew/knot it shut. The sock-ball has the advantage of being very fun when wet outdoors in the summer. It’ll work indoors for toilet paper tube bowling.
Potty training “accident” that didn’t make it all the way into the potty? Wipe up with a matchless sock and you can throw the offending rag in the garbage.
They also make good bean bags if you fill them with small dry beans like lentils. Older children can play hackey sack and teenagers can biff them at each other.
Grownup’s matchless socks hang around for no more than one month before they line the compost bin to suck up the goo that invariably leeches out from the compost bag so I don’t have to wash the mini-bin as often.
Children’s matchless socks hang around for longer because they may not necessarily have gotten eaten by the dryer. They may be wedged under a mattress, or stuck on a doll’s head. But even these, eventually, are officially labeled uni-socks and go out by the same route of the compost bin. Except for the one lucky sock last night.