Hi, my name is Caleb and I am ten years old and learned how to hand sew this summer. My moms friend said she had a great idea for me and I quickly got hooked on sock monsters. I have made 10 in last couple months and really enjoy creating them, naming them and now giving them away as gifts. All you need is a sock, stuffing and buttons. A little creativity helps as well. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I have.
Step 1: What You Will Need
a knee high sock
needle and thread or sewing machine
craft glue or hot glue gun
left over craft / sewing materials for more detail
Step 2: Making the Legs
Lay the sock flat with the heel facing up. The toe of sock at the top and the opening of the sock on the bottom.
Step 3: Make One Cut for Leg
Make one two to three inch cut up the center of the sock.
Step 4: Making the Horns
At the toe of the sock make one cut in the middle about one - two inches. Then cut each side of the toe to make a triangle.
Step 5: Making the Mouth
Take the heel of the sock and pull it up. Then make a horizontal cut about 3/4 inch. This makes a natural lip when folded back and also where you can stuff your sock monster.
Step 6: Sewing Legs and Horns
It is easiest to use a machine to sew the legs and horns. I had a friend do it for me and hand sewed some of them too. Sew the horns shut. Sew the legs shut. Using colorful thread is a good way to add detail to your monster.
Step 7: Stuff the Monster
Stuff monster through the mouth pushing the stuffing all the way down the legs. A pencil helps to get it in there. Fill the belly area then fill the horns last.
Step 8: Close Mouth Opening
Using a small piece of scrap material (size should be slightly larger than mouth opening), glue it to the inside of the mouth.
Step 9: Fold Back Lips
Once the scrap piece is glued in you can easily fold back the lips. I like to glue them in place too.
Step 10: Sewing on the Eyes
This is my favorite step because it gives the monster character. My mom has a big collection of old buttons and I ask to use hers. Thrift stores and garage sales are great places to look for really cool buttons.
Step 11: Adding Arms
Again from scrap materials or socks, cut two squares about 3 inches long. These become your arms when sewed shut, stuffed and sewed on.
Step 12: Embellish Any Way You Want
My little sister likes me to put hair on the ones I make for her. I have added eye patches to some, tails and old patches to others. Creepy tongues are cool too.
Step 13: Have Fun!
Like I said, I have made 10 so far. Now that school started I have to do homework a lot now but have plans for new one soon.