Single Socks helps the community through people and organizations in many ways. Donated materials in poor condition have Bigger Ideas awaiting them - becoming very useful and well-loved items out of previously differently-configured materials!
My approach is to use unwanted, overlooked yarn and fabric, scraps from clothes and sheets to make useful items to wear, carry, and decorate rooms. After years of "gifting" my quilts, pillows, curtains and knitted berets, I needed another outlet - and Single Socks was it. The store's anti-hunger goals motivated me, along with my love for sewing and making somethings out of nothings. The first were a few tote bags from some green-striped corduroy fabric with my own added touches. I have been repeating the process ever since with materials from Single Socks.
Unfortunately, all scraps are NOT created equal, so some morph into purse linings or pillow casings. After three years, my ongoing struggle is discovering how to use scraps creatively and invitingly so that my finished items have appeal and sell FAST at Single Socks. A relationship with [ Border Partners ] allows me to use smaller, odder bits of fleece, flannel, and sheeting to make small receiving blankets and easy comforters for bigger kids.
Rags To Britches – Guerilla Prayer Flags
Bibs Are Useful
Minnie Bell Hudson's unique and wonderful ideas get support from Single Socks in the form of clothes, pieces of material, buttons, towels and bedding. Kathleen saves those things that come into Single Socks that seem just what Minnie needs to make bibs... each one totally unique.
Since 1994, Minnie has made 15,236 bibs from these kinds of materials and those bibs are useful to many of us, including seniors and people in care homes. Nothing is left behind - materials, ideas, history, names and family recipes. Minnie draws from her experiences on cattle ranches to author a unique book.
Home on the Range: Her Story & Recipes Roundup.
[ Git A Rope! Publishing ] Order from: Minnie Bell Hudson, HC 61 Box 115, Buckhorn, NM 88025. Call: 575-539-2334
You'll never know from what grew these flowers! Truth is, they are made with cardboard, T-Shirt scraps, Styrofoam, packing material and duct tape.
Lots of T-Shirts pass through the doors of Single Socks, some a bit over-used but with parts still worth saving. Kathleen and Denise began making carry bags from these T-Shirts. The sleeves and necks cut out (but not thrown out) and the bottom sewn closed. A BAG! These bags hold a lot and can be re-used for a long time.
Backpacks and water bottles go to this a non-profit community bicycle workshop, working to make bicycles accessible to everyone, and providing a fully-stocked bicycle workshop and refurbished bicycles for sale to support education programs. [ bikeworksnm.org ]
The Imagination Library of Grant County
Books go to this local organization to promote reading readiness and language proficiency for all Grant County preschool children by delivering books to their homes monthly, thereby giving them the foundation for future learning success.
[ imaginationlibrarygc.org ]
Art on a Stick
Broken Toys are saved for Jean Beffort who works in a 4000 s.f. warehouse where he creates assemblage art, and features local artists at a)sp."A"Â©e : Studio/ Art/Gallery. [ aspacestudioartgallery.com ]
Rag Rugs - Old cotton sheets, Dawn Sanford
Grant County Food Pantry - Books for kids, Sunny McFarron
Palomas Kids - School supplies, Ester Melvin
SC Gospel Mission - Bedding
Quilt Makers - Fabric, Joey Hiller
Denim Patches - Denim, Chris and Traci
Help for Stray Animals - Bedding, Carol Morrison
Theatre Group of NM - Single socks for puppets