Monday, 11 June 2012

Sock Babies


Sock Babies 








 These little sock babies were shown to me by a friend at my craft group, we all had a go at making them, so much fun.








You need two socks one white and one patterned, I used 2 to 4 year old ones but you can use 18 month size as well.






The blue ones my favorite, but they are all cute. You can click on the photo to see the face detail, its very basic.




 Cut the toe off the white sock this is your head.




 Cut the patterned one like I've shown. These were sweet socks with a lovely picot edge which will become the turn up of the hat.



The toe of the patterned sock becomes the body, you need to stuff it firmly, you can sew down to form the legs by machine or hand, I did this by machine. Make sure the stuffing is pushed down into the toes. Stuff the white head quite firmly, don't worry if these two pieces look round you can shape them later. Thread a needle with double thread and large knot, run a running stitch around the top outer edge of both pieces and pull tight, poke the raw edges under and sew hole up. If you want to add a bell or rattle maker now's the time to put it in the stuffing.



Sew head to body using a ladder stitch




This is the hat which is the ankle part of the patterned sock, see the photo of the cuts, its about 2 inches long
Run a gathering stitch around the raw edge, pull tight and poke edges under and sew shut like you did with body and head.




To form the arms pinch the body and start at the neck and sew down till it looks right making sure the shoulder is thicker than the hand end. I hope that makes sense, he looks like his hands are in his pocket.




Sew the hat on using ladder stitch, just in and out, I turned up the edge to make a cuff.





Add a little face, I embroidered mine but you can draw it, and a scarf or ruffle and a pompom on the hat and its all finished. Don't think it sounds complicated it isn't, have a go, they really are rather cute.

I have just had a retrospective look at this post, my apologies for my poor photos, I have learnt since then anyway they are still a fun project.

You may also be interested in my other Free tutorial a little dolls Carry cot              
  DOLLY'S CARRYCOT TUTORIAL
Happy sewing 
Glenis



37 comments:

  1. What a wonderful baby shower gift! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment, they really are easy just sit down and step by step you will do it.
      You are the first ever person to post a comment I wondered if anyone even read it.
      Glenis

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  2. These are SO adorable! I will definitely be giving these a try. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  3. Oh these are soooooo cute. I will be looking for socks.

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  4. Lovely, I am amazed, and will try it. Thnaks for sharing it!

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    1. Thanks Cecilia,
      They really are simple I have made quite a few and they have all gone to little ones.
      Happy sewing
      Glenis

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    2. gee thank you for posting this. I make a larger sock dolls using medium size men socks. I give them away to our local police and fireman to have in case a child is involved in a police or fire event. A small soft doll can be so comforting to a frightened and crying child . I am so glad I came across your web site.I will make these using little girls and boys socks to make smaller ones for the younger or smaller child.

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  5. Love them! Can't wait to make! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. These are adorable! I am into making sock dolls ... actually, anything out of socks. These will certainly be on my list to make. Thank you.

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  8. These are just SO CUTE! I've just finished my first one, it took me about an hour but they really are easy. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment, so glad yours turned out well they really are so simple.
      Glenis

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