Sleeves cut from long sleeved shirts can be used as night socks. During the day, a sock made from a shirt sleeve will not match the performance of a normal sock, but socks worn at night are worn not for performance but comfort and warmth. Therefore, shirt sleeve socks work perfectly as night socks. People who wear socks at night generally wear them for comfort and warmth, and shirt sleeves maximize those categories. So let’s look at how to make shirt sleeves into night socks, and then look at the different types of sleeves that can be easily obtained.
Start by cutting the sleeves off of the shirt that the sleeves are to be harvested from. Turn the sleeves inside out, and sew shut the cut end. Wear at night, using the cuff to hold up the sock. Depending on the material, the sleeve socks may be a risk for sliding when walking over linoleum or hardwood floors; this can be remedied simply by shoving a pair of slippers over them when walking. Some material is heavier and this variation allows for night socks for summer and winter. If the night socks start to wear thin, prolong their life by wearing sideways or backwards to allow a different part of the material to incur wear.
Lightweight socks can be obtained from long sleeved T-shirts, turtlenecks, and lightweight pants. Cut the pants to shorts at or above the knees to harvest sufficient material to make a sock. If the legs are very wide, cut in half and sew each half shut to make two socks from each. Cut the sleeves off the long sleeved T-shirt at the seams, turning it into a sleeveless shirt ready for use as pajamas or as a regular shirt. Cut the turtleneck at the shoulder seams, alter the collar, and make into a tank top, bag, or pillowcase.
Heavyweight socks can be obtained from sweatshirts, hoodies, and sweaters. They can also be obtained from snug-fitting sweatpants. Thermal socks can be harvested from thermal underwear tops and bottoms and perform as well or better than sweatshirt night socks. Cut all the sleeves at the shoulder and the legs at or above the knees. Reuse the sweatpants as shorts in place of normal shorts. Sweatshirts and sweaters can be turned into sleeveless undershirts, used as winter pajamas, or turned into crafts. The cutoff thermals are great as an inner layer on warmer winter days and as very comfortable winter pajamas.
Night socks provide a great use for the sleeves cut off when altering disused clothes into useful clothes. By using the sleeves as night socks, you save money on the sock budget and maximize the usefulness of the wardrobe at the same time.