Don’t throw your odd socks away. Instead, transform them into Sock Monsters! Simply stuff the socks and sew funny features onto them to make a whole array of crazy creatures. This sock craft is an easy sewing project for kids. Little hands will have lots of fun stuffing their socks with this amazing sewing idea!
Project excerpted from Sewing for Children by Emma Hardy.
- Yarn (wool) and needle with
- a large eye
- Fiberfill (stuffing)
- Scraps of felt
- Needle and thread
Sock Craft Instructions:
- To make ears on your monster, turn the sock inside out. Cut a length of yarn (wool) and tie a knot at one end. Thread the large needle and sew running stitch from the top of the sock down 2 in. (5 cm) and then back up to the top, leaving a 1⁄2-in. (1-cm) gap between the lines of stitching. Finish with a knot and trim the yarn.
- Cut the sock between the stitch lines, making sure you don’t cut into the stitching. Turn the sock the right way out and push the ears out.
- Fill the sock with fiberfill (stuffing), pushing it into the ears, or into the toe of the sock if your monster doesn’t have ears. Tie a knot at one end of the yarn and sew up the end of the sock with running stitch. Finish with another knot and trim the yarn.
- To make a funny mouth, squash the heel part of the sock slightly so that it looks like a mouth. Sew running stitch along it with yarn, starting and finishing with a knot, then trim the yarn. Next, sew buttons onto your monster to make eyes.
Variations: Instead of sewing up the heel to make a funny mouth, you can use thread to sew on a felt mouth in running stitch, starting and finishing with a few stitches to hold the thread in place. If you wish, you can cut out felt circles for the eyes to stitch onto your monster before you sew on the buttons. Sew them on your monster in the same way as for the felt mouth.
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Feb 28, 2017
Oh my goodness, these sock monsters are so adorable and easy to make, I think I am going to have to make one soon! I especially like the one made with toe socks and the way the mouth is made out of the heel is also really fun. Great little handmade gift idea!
Apr 07, 2016
I have two bags full of socks that I was just thinking about throwing away because I cannot find mates. My grand kids are great at losing one sock all the time.This is a super idea to reuse the socks.The tutorial makes it so easy.And the way you do the ears Awesome.This is also a great project for teachers to use for a craft day. Any teacher out there use do this yet? Thanks.
Feb 29, 2012
These little guys make me smile!
Jan 27, 2011
These will be great babysitting activities! Can't wait for the fun!!
pinnybrooks 042162 3
Jan 27, 2011
Instead of fiberfill use flax seed for this sock monster. It makes aGREAT hot pak for children as the flax seed holds heat a long time and kids love the little monsters. Just throw it in the microwave for 1minute shake it up and check to make sure it's not too hot (some microwaves heat faster than others so watch the time). My Grandkids love their sock monster hot packs if they have an ear ache or a bruse.
Sep 16, 2010
these are great for kids to make. you can also use tacky fabric glue to put on the eyes and mouth, ( if no one wants to sew them on).
Sharon at TCLC
Jun 21, 2010
Thank you, Emma. This is perfect for a sewing class for children that is part of a summer program my church is offering to kids in the community this summer. Well explained, well illustrated, and you know what works for kids!! Sharon at TCLC
May 30, 2010
NEAT idea-will make some for sure!! Thank You
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