Introduction: Cute Sock Animal Plushies (no Sewing, Gluing or Cutting)
My older sister recently got a job working at an Alaska boarding school where her job is to keep the kids entertained for the 8 hours between their lessons ending and their bedtime. She asked for help finding crafts for the kids to do, and using some after-Christmas-clearance-sale socks my mom found, I came up with these simple, cute plushies. The real appeal about these little critters is that there is no gluing, cutting or sewing needed! Just stuffing and some rubber bands to shape them.
I'll be showing you how to make a mouse in the pictures, but you can modify the design to make several different types of animals, I'll give some suggestions when you're done.
Step 1: What You Will Need:
-fuzzy ankle sock (any size will really work, though I used a size 9)
-small stretchy rubber bands – the kind they use for hair styling, you can get packs of them from beauty supply stores
-5 inch piece of ribbon (for the tail, if you're making a mouse like I do in the pictures)
Step 2: Making the Feet
Start by laying the sock out flat with the opening at the top (picture 1)
Next, use your fingers to fold the bottom of the sock inside itself. This will make the bottom edge of the sock flat (picture 2)
Pinch the corner of the sock and using a rubber band and tie it off to make a foot. Repeat with the other side to make the second foot (picture 3 & 4).
Step 3: Adding a Tail (optional)
If you want to add a tail, tie a knot at the end of the ribbon.
Turn the sock over, we’ll be adding the tail to the animal’s back.
Place the tail over the area that you want it to be attached to. Reach into the sock and pinch the knot. (picture 1 & 2)
Pull the sock-covered knot up through the inside of the body, then secure it with another rubber band. (picture 3)
There, the knot should now be secured and the tail attached to the body. (picture 4)
Step 4: Stuffing the Body and Adding Hands
Now open up the sock and add some stuffing. You only want to stuff about half of the sock. (picture 1)
Now pinch the sock right where the stuffing ends and secure the pinch with a rubber band. Repeat with the other side, and our critter now has hands! (picture 2 & 3)
Use a rubber band to tie off the neck, right above the arms and stuffing. (picture 4)
Step 5: Stuffing the Head
Now stuff the head. Your critter will now look something like picture 1.
Next is to add the ears. Fold the top edge of the sock over to hide the stuffing (picture 2).
Pinch the edge of the sock, keeping the opening closed, and tie it off with a rubber band. There, your first ear! Repeat with the other side (pictures 3, 4 and 5).
Step 6: Finishing
Now that your critter is all together, you can add a face with the sharpie marker (picture 1)
Add some bows around your animal's neck or ears to dress it up if you'd like.
You can make different animals by changing the size of the ears and removing the ribbon tail and adding a pinched tail instead (pinch the fabric in the back where you want the tail and then secure with a rubber band).
Make a bear by pinching the fabric in front of the face (making sure to get a little stuffing, too) and then securing with a rubber band (pictures 2 and 3).
Make a pig by sliding a round button into the front of the head, behind the fabric of the face and then slipping a rubber band around it two or three times (picture 4).
Enjoy your sock plushie!