0 items in the shopping cart
  • No products in the cart.



Sock Storage Templates


Sock Storage Templates

Download and Make
Categories: , , ,


Corrugated Card and Paper Tape Truncated Icosahedron

I’m pretty sure it is one of the laws of thermodynamics, perhaps the forth. If not it is certainly one of the fundamental attributes of the Universe.

“In a closed system the number of single, unpaired socks always increases.”

And so with the inevitability that accompanies physical laws, here at towers we have a pile of unpaired socks known to us as the sock orphanage. We currently inelegantly store them in a plastic bag while we wait for the return of the sock siblings.

Obviously we “can-nae break the laws of physics” but here’s a possible work-around.

Like many bibliophile families, we have a lot of used Amazon packages ready for reuse. Time to press them into service. I decided to make a nearly spherical store pod thing, the actual shape I used is a truncated icosahedron, the same shape as a carbon 60 molecule and the classical soccer ball. The shape is made from twelve pentagons and twenty hexagons.

I made pentagon and hexagon templates. (Members can download the file at the link.) If you make you own template make sure that the side lengths on both are the same. Time to switch to instructional writing style…

Collect together several sheets of corrugated card. Using the templates, draw out twelve pentagons and twenty hexagons.

Carefully cut out the pieces using a ruler and sharp knife.

Twenty hexagons, twelve pentagons and a roll of brown paper tape ready to go. For ease of assemble it is worth spending a little time cutting the paper tape to length. You’ll need ninety strips each the length of one side.

Start with a single pentagon, tape five hexagons round it as shown.

Fold the hexagons up and tape then together.

Add five more pentagons between the hexagons. Be as accurate as possible in the alignment of the pieces. Small inaccuracies multiply!

Work your way round the shape adding hexagons and pentagons as appropriate. Each hexagon touches three pentagons on alternate edges. Each pentagon is entirely surrounded by hexagons. Use these rules to help you choose the appropriate shape for each position.

I finished off leaving one hexagon off as an access hole. The finished shape makes a fantastic sock orphanage, a stylish litter bin or a play house for a curious kitten.

The spare hexagon makes a rather natty coffee mat.

3 reviews for Sock

  • “In a closed system the

    "In a closed system the number of single, unpaired socks always increases."

    Sounds to me like a variant on the Heath Robison law :-
    "Clutter expands to fill the available space."

    Hmm, in my case it seems to be "Clutter expands to slightly exceed the available space" – RI

    Ah the old space time conundrum.
    Objects occupy space for a period of time.
    ("True loves" dictate only for a finite amount of time.)
    Space and time are connected but you can't expand both.
    The solution is to use compression, but seeing as you don't have access to a black hole to produce super dense matter, carefully stack your objects and slowly close the door to minimise distortions.

    • ..and slowly close the door

      ..and slowly close the door to minimise distortions…and then relax in time, which as already said, can't be expanded either. 

    • I had heard that it was WORK

      I had heard that it was WORK that expands to fill the available space and time.

  • Hi Rob, This is really a

    Hi Rob, This is really a terrific design! Modern, stylish, and functional. Love ette!

  • The storage is an original

    The storage is an original and good idea.

    In the “www.” I found a pattern for a "Truncated icosahedron". With some color of "PSE" (Adobe Photo Shop Elements), and printed on a sheet of A4. Stuck together you get a mini-football in one piece.


    Abgestumpftes Ikosaeder und Fußball

Add Review

Add Review

Add a review