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How to Make Your Own Sock Feeder

Mesh bag, needle and twine

Mesh bag, needle and twine

This bird season began like any other. I went outside to assess the damage from the winter months on the feeders and the birdbaths. The birdbaths held up well after upgrading to a bigger and more solid cement one and another that is made of metal. However, the situation with the feeders was more dire. As usual the squirrels ate away at plastic and any other material that got in the way of them obtaining food. The worst hit were the sock feeders. The mesh is no match for the squirrels or the sharp claws and beaks working away at it over the season. I did not feel like investing in another bag, and certainly not one that required buying the food already in the bag since I had left over Nyjer seed. The solution to my problem was putting my craftiness together with frugality. Like making a meal from what is left over in the pantry and refrigerator, I pieced together my own sock feeder from items I had in the house. So, here’s what I used and the steps I took to complete it.

Materials Needed:

  • Mesh laundry bag with drawstring
  • 32+ inches of twine
  • 1 steel yarn needle or small crochet hook
  • Measuring tape or stick or ruler
  • Scissors
  • Nyjer seed
The bag after being cut

The bag after being cut

The needle threaded

The needle threaded

The bag sewn

The bag sewn

The bag on display. Note: the sock is not filled completely for the column shape

The bag on display. Note: the sock is not filled completely for the column shape


  1. Cut off 17 inches from the bottom of the laundry bag.
  2. Cut at least 10 inches from the side of the bag making sure to maintain one of the original seams. Also be sure not to cut through the drawstring.
  3. Cut off at least 32 inches of twine from ball.
  4. Thread the twine through the eye of the needle about an inch.
  5. Tie a knot to secure the thread to the needle.
  6. Sew up the open side of the bag.
  7. Continuing sewing around the corner of the bag to the bottom portion.
  8. Fold under about ½ inch in mesh on the bottom to form a more secure closure.
  9. Continue sewing the bottom of the bag closed.
  10. Tie off the twine securely with knots.
  11. Cut off excess twine.
  12. Fill bag with Nyjer seed.
  13. Hang outside for the birds to enjoy.


·I recommend using a green, white or black bag. Green and black blend in with the surroundings best. But white is the standard color for sock feeders.

· The mesh bag used for this project was purchased from the dollar store.

· You can use the original bottom section cut off or the scraps to make additional sock feeders.

·Make sure you are only pulling through a single thread when sewing and that you do not double the twine before sewing.

·You can easily augment the size and shape of the sock feeder by changing how much you cut off and from where.

·You want to make sure you use something heavy like twine to sew up the sides and bottom so it will withstand the weather and weight better.

So far the goldfinches have not come in swarms to feed from my homemade sock feeder, but I have seen them checking it out. Hopefully they will take to this new feeder.

About the Author

Stephanie Bradberry is a freelance writer and editor. In addition, she is an educator, herbalist, naturopath, and energy healer who runs her own home-based business, Stephanie J. Bradberry, LLC. She is also the creator of the Bradberry® line of handmade, all natural, herbal products. One of her favorite pastimes is bird watching and seeing what new birds she can attract to her yard.

© 2011 Stephanie Bradberry

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Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on March 20, 2013:

Hello sgbrown,

I am really hoping to get some better pictures this spring and summer. I am going to think of better recyclable materials if possible and update this hub.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 20, 2013:

Great idea! I am always looking for new ways to feed my birds. This sounds very economical as well as easy! Thanks for the idea and directions! Voted up and useful. :)

Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on February 06, 2012:

Hello Millionaire Tips. Thanks for reading and thinking it's a great idea. As for the finished size, I cut it so it was the standard size of a sock feeder...whatever that is. But I did find the mesh stretched more than a typical feeder. So I would keep that in mind when you are cutting things down.

Shasta Matova from USA on February 05, 2012:

This is a great idea. I love creating useful things out of stuff I have around the house. What is the finished size of your feeder?

Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on June 14, 2011:

carredsal, I am glad you think this is a good idea. I hope you are successful with your cutting and sewing. Hopefully more birds will take to yours upfront.

Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on June 14, 2011:

cathylynn99, thanks. I love thinking outside the box (even when it comes to feeding birds). It makes me feel like McGuyver a little bit.

carredsal from New Jersey on June 14, 2011:

What a Great idea! Thanks for the info, can't wait to try :)

cathylynn99 from northeastern US on June 14, 2011:

how economical and clever!

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