Instead of throwing out single or holey socks, turn them into Owlies!
Drag the Sock Owlie Pattern (below) to your desktop and print. Select a size that fits your sock width and cut out two pieces. (It’s best to use a darker color for the back). With right sides facing, sew together the fabric pieces using a 1/8 -inch seam allowance, leaving the opening unsewn.
Turn right-side out through the opening. Fold down the triangle. Use 2-3 straight stitches of yellow embroidery thread to secure it to the front, sewing through the tip of the triangle and 1 layer of the body fabric. Knot the thread on the inside of the beak. Mark spots for the eyes with a pen. Use black embroidery thread and small straight stitches to make the eyes; knot the thread on the inside.
Cut up the excess socks into small confetti pieces until you have enough to stuff the owl. Stuff the body and fold in the bottom edge. Double thread a needle and sew a running stitch along the bottom. Gather the ends and secure with a knot. Optional: Sew on a loop of embroidery thread to make an ornament. Note: These directions are adapted from my Mini Owls featured in Microcrafts.