Friday, August 19, 2016

Sock Dog Upcycle Tutorial - from a single sock

I'm down to the last pair of socks in my stash of clothes to be upcycled so I thought it was time to move on from using other people's tutorials and create one of my own.

One thing I've found through making sock animals is that most tutorials require a pair of socks. But I thought that making these little cute cuddly animals from socks is the perfect solution for what to do with odd socks - so I decided to create a tutorial that uses just a single sock!

So here's how to make a sock dog from a single sock.

First of all turn your sock inside out and flatten down. Then you need to mark and stitch the pieces on the sock like this. The head piece is just the toe section cut, all other pieces require stitching.  I just went ahead and stitched the lines, but you may prefer to mark them with chalk first, then stitch.

Cut these pieces out and turn right sides out.

Then each piece needs to be stuffed and stitched.

All that I had left over from my sock was these small scraps.

Which I put inside the main body part with the stuffing. So no waste at all from this sock!

First stuff the body part, then using a needle and thread, run a line of large running stitches around the top of the opening and pull tight to close, then stitch to secure.

Now take the tail, stuff and stitch the open end closed. Then attach to the centre of the back straight edge of the body.

Take one leg, stuff and stitch the open end closed then line up and attach to the body where you want the leg to be. 

Repeat with the other 3 legs.

Now take the head. Stuff and stitch the open end closed.

Take one ear, stuff and stitch the open end closed, then attach to the top at one side of the flat end of the head you just stitched.

Repeat with the other ear. When you attach the second ear, use a long piece of thread, then when the ear is secure, push the needle through to where you want one of the eyes to be, and then attach both button eyes, stitching securely in place.

Now all that remains is to attach the head to the body.

And there you have a cute little sock doggie!

I made two as I had a pair of old socks!

So that's all my socks upcycled. I made a kitten, an elephant, two Hulk monkeys and these two doggies!  I've had a lot of fun and learnt lots with these upcycles.  What will I upcycle next week?

If you liked this tutorial, I have lots more

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  1. They are so funny and sweet! Another brilliant tute, Jill- I really love the cut outs drawn on the sock, I can visualize the whole project.

    1. Thanks Mich, upcycling all these socks has been lots of fun - and my girls have gained some cute little toys from my efforts!!

  2. These are so cute. Looks to b easy.


  3. Your family must be guarding their socks, Jill. This is my favourite of all your sock animals.

    1. Ha thanks Pam - yes they are! There are so many cute sock creatures to make!

  4. Haha...SO cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Thanks Jessica! Will pop over and share in your Facebook Group.

  5. The dogs are fun. Great use for worn out socks and nothing went to waste. #Trash2Treasure

  6. I love this! I especially love that you only need one sock. We have a few mateless ones around here that might need a second life as a dog. :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks for linking up over at the DIY Crush Craft Party! I've featured this cute sock puppy tutorial over at Easy Sewing for Beginners on Link Party #48. It's just awesome! Thanks for partying with us ��

  8. As always a genius idea. Believe it or not I have a sock animal for my lead Trash 2 Treasure post coming up on Monday, however mine is very basic next to yours with no sewing. Yours looks adorable and I can see them making a great collectible item. They would look amazing all together in different sizes and colours on a shelf. I may take inspiration from this to make something similar with the children here.

    Thank you for sharing with me on Trash 2 Treasure

    1. Thanks Fiona. I love your sock upcycle too - such a great idea and I love crafts that are simple and that kids can make too!

  9. This is a really adorable idea! I need to get better at sewing so I can create a few of these! SO cute! Thanks for sharing this for Maker's Mix-Up this week!


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