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Everyone has some holey socks. Not the religious kind but the ones you have worn down swearing at the economy while pounding the pavement looking for someone that could spare you a dime.

With prices going astronomical at the theater and a bucket of popcorn and soda will cost more than a tank of gas, home entertainment is the last resort.

Similar in nature to taking an old soccer ball and naming it Wilson or something, making your own sock-muppet will give hours of enjoyment seeking refuge from the dread of the slow economy.

When you drop your cable TV service and ultimately high speed access to the internet, your best bet is to hunker down with the family and do what they did in the good old days. Converse and entertain each other in the parlor.



Rock and roll. The kids are alright...
 
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Step 1: Get a pair...

Picture of Get a pair...
What you will need:

- A holey or non-holey pair of socks. (preferably clean ones, long style like crew or tube socks)

- A bit of fabric, different colors of felt

- Minimal sewing skills with needle and thread
Can't sew? Try this how to sew instructable. I did this by hand because the utility company will cut your power if you get behind in paying your bills because of the recession.

- Optional: Two pencils or pieces of stiff wire like from a metal clothes hanger if you plan on making hands and arms.

- Scraps of cloth or polyester fiberfill for the stuffing

- Magic marker for drawing on details.

- A bit of cardboard for add-on details.

So take a run-down sock and turn it into a polished actor.
ElvenChild3 years ago
Dang it caitlinsdad when will you stop being so entertaining? I should be doing school work!
caitlinsdad (author)  ElvenChild3 years ago
only when someone makes an fn complaint...
Sorry, finished my schoolwork. Feel free to carry on.
hihihi0hi3 years ago
ummmmm whats up with the vid?
lol......
eulaliaaaa!3 years ago
You should make Beaker! It is the right shape already, now you just need big eyes and orange hair!
Wow, my kids will love it!
Mike733 years ago
Really great, especially the muppet dancing in front of the band :-)

I made those thingies when I was around 10-12, too. It reminded me of that and I surely should make some of them with my little one, too.
I love the glasses :-)
caitlinsdad (author)  Mike733 years ago
The big craze now is sock monkeys and ugly dolls. You can even just take a marker and draw eyes on a sock and that makes a great puppet to fool around with. Of course, you need to improve your skills at ventriloquism or imitating your favorite cartoon character.
Ugly dolls. They just hit the market when we had to return from the US. I went online late last year and made one for my daughter. It got a little smallish though, so stuffing the thing was really hard (she chose the one which has the horns like a deer on its head).
Hahehe. looks like he as in the sock guy would make a great weather man or science guy.

You should see the sock-Muppet I made a few years back.
It has loads of attitude. Hehe.

http://ktigress.webng.com/images%20ktcl/files/punkrat.jpg
caitlinsdad (author)  Treasure Tabby3 years ago
That is really good. You should upload the image to your instructables account and embed it to a comment for all to see without jumping the link.
Screamo4 years ago
I make these :D kinda boring after 10 minutes
BraisedDuck5 years ago
those last few sentences were kinda racists...
caitlinsdad (author)  BraisedDuck5 years ago
I hope you did not interpret anything in a mean vein but taken out of the context in my attempt at humor. It was not written as anything to be offensive or demeaning to any person, state, or nation. I do no know what side of the pond you swear allegiance to but this instructable was written as a friendly gesture toward fellow Instructables member Kiteman, a loyal British subject. A lot of my instructables are the result of interaction with other Instructables members, domestic and international, use puns and are parody, satires, or honor said persons. These were meant to be taken lightly and are part of the rapport we have in the Instructables community. Welcome to Instructables, stay a while to take in the diversity and celebrate it. P.S. If anything were racist, we would be the first to jump on it with zero tolerance.
sharkstun975 years ago
i like the idea i think ill make one
Kiteman5 years ago
Wow.

This is the second time I've been immortalised in an ible*. I really should have noticed who it was when I read it the first time...

It's rather good.

Never mind fake American accents, though - I have an urge to go all falsetto and Glaswegian.
caitlinsdad (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
You're so vain, you probably thought this ible was about you, didn't you...

Really, you are so photogenic and polytransmorphic.
Polytrans morph ic? Cool!
Hahahaha! So funny! 5 *s and faved.
kelseymh5 years ago
Bwa-ha-ha-ha! I see we haven't yet heard from 'is 'ighness yet :->
NachoMahma5 years ago
. That is great. . Yep. A Kiteman sock puppet is in order. ;)
gmjhowe6 years ago
haha! love it! nice work, as always.
bumpus6 years ago
Haha! Great Kiteman puppet! :D
thinking the same thing
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
"old soccer ball and naming it Wilson" actually it was a volleyball. Nice job!