Making sock toys

I’ve made a few of these sock toys now and I have been loving them. They’re very simple to make and can be hand stitched… which is a little time consuming but can be done in front of the TV. I like this cause, with the new bubba, I have limited windows to spend time with my hubby. He watches cricket (yuk) and I get creative. Everyone is happy.

It’s funny though, I get this tiny hesitation before I cut into the socks. Something about hacking up a brand new pair of socks fresh out of the packaging seems fundamentally wrong. I’ve discovered that the better the socks the better the end result. But the more I spend on socks the more nervous I get with scissors in hand.

The other thing is that socks tend to be quite plain… no playing with matching fabric patterns together like I do with my other softies. So now I’m on the hunt for a good online source for quirky socks, know anyone?

Pigs, frogs and bunnies are next on the list… hopefully I’ll get one done this week.

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UPDATE: If you’re looking for tips and tricks making sock toys I’ve created a new post: Tips for making sock toys

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Looking for an easy pattern?Here’s a few I’ve created:

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Lots of pics of my sock softies can be found on my Flickr account.

13 Comments

  1. can you put pictures plz

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  2. WOW!!!
    How gorgeous are your creations? Monkey’s, owl’s,elephants…wow, wow,wow,
    Please tell me you are going to publish a book with these and share their construction secrets with the world.
    I’ll be first in line for a copy.

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous sock animals you’ve created,Claire.
    I now have the urge to give this lovely hobby a go so thank you for sharing and inspiring us all.
    With best wishes,
    Vicky

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  4. I have bought a softie book, some socks and then nothing :o(
    I didn’t have the courage to cut the socks up!!!
    Thankyou for sharing your beautiful, cute and utterly gorgeous creations and for inspiring me to just ‘do it’ and cut those socks up!!
    I am definately going to be keeping up with your blog to see more little creatures that you make. Well done!!!

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  5. First of all, I LOVE your toys! I just bought sock & glove – I have not made any toys yet but am pregnant and wanting to do some crafts. The best part is that I am a sock designer for retail stores and there are TONS of odd socks always lying around – I’ve never been able to figure out what to do with them all until now (DUH!). I just adore your mobile, I am totally inspired now with how to decorate my nursery – so cute & soft.

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  6. Do you have a pattern for Frederico of the Jungle that you would be willing to sell? Could you recommend
    a title for a “softie book” or a book for getting started with sock stuffed things?

    I love all of the things you make.

    Thank you…

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    • Hi Anne,

      Thanks so much for your comment on the blog. I’m sorry I don’t have a pattern of frederico at the moment although a frog pattern is on the cards for early next year. Sock and Glove is a great book for getting started with sock softies, it is definitely one of my favourites.

      happy crafting!

      Claire

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  7. Hi Claire,
    I know this is an old post but have only recently “found” you! Some of the links above state page not found. Have you removed them and is there anywhere you can point me to for tips?

    Am working up the courage to cut into the lovely kits you sent!!!

    Emma.

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    • Oh thanks for giving me the heads up Emma, I’ll have to edit this post and I’ll send you some tips.

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      • Thanks Claire, can’t wait!! I’ve started randomly buying groovy looking socks!! Must put them to good use! Look forward to hearing from you!

    • The making sock toys thing?

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  8. I’m loving your work! I too have a sock toy addiction, I find myself returning home from shopping trips with mountains of new socks these days ! :-)

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