How to Make a Sock Aid

by Joanne Thomas

If the thought of putting socks on makes you wince, make yourself a sock aid.

legs in colorful socks image by Photosani from

Those who have trouble bending or reaching their feet will benefit from a sock aid. A sock aid is a device that holds a sock open and allows you to pull it onto your foot while seated, without reaching or bending. A variety of different sock aids are available commercially, but they are relatively simple devices to make yourself using a few inexpensive items.

Items you will need

  • 2 L plastic bottle
  • Craft knife
  • Marker
  • Single hole punch
  • 2 feet of velvet ribbon
  • Glue
  • Small binder clips
  • 6 feet of narrow cord
Step 1

Using a craft knife, cut the top and bottom off the plastic bottle, leaving you with a plastic cylinder.

Step 2

Draw a vertical line along each side of the plastic cylinder to divide it in half. Cut along these lines with the craft knife. Either discard one of the half-cylinders or keep it to make a second sock aid.

Step 3

Punch a hole in one of the corners of the plastic half-cylinder, at least 1/2 inch from the edges. The end with the hole is now the top of the sock aid. Punch a second hole in the other top corner.

Step 4

Apply glue along the under side of the velvet ribbon and wrap it around the edges of the plastic, enclosing the entire perimeter with ribbon. Hold the ribbon in place with binder clips, placed every inch or so around the edges, until the glue dries. The ribbon will protect the skin from the edges of the plastic when the sock aid is used; it will also help hold a sock in place.

Step 5

Cut the cord into to two 3-foot lengths. Thread the end of one of the cords through one of the holes in the sock aid and knot it to hold the cord in place. Repeat with the other length of cord, threading it through the hole on the other side of the sock aid.


  • After cutting the sock aid shape from the plastic bottle, wash it thoroughly with soapy water to remove any sticky residue remaining from its previous contents.

    Masking tape is a less attractive but easier alternative to the velvet ribbon.

Photo Credits

  • legs in colorful socks image by Photosani from

About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.