Introduction: Sock Sloth

Everyone knows the classic sock monkey. They've been around for decades, and just like these ones by craftknowitall, they are very, very cute. The pattern to make a sock monkey is very simple, but the product is something that has been done so many times before - so I decided to make a remix!

Inspired by craftknowitall's methods, I converted this monkey design into another tree-dwelling friend - a sloth! He's super cute, and would love to come and hang out with you - though he doesn't go anywhere very fast.

If you like this project, don't forget to vote for it in the Remix contest!

All instructions and visuals are featured in the video tutorial, but I've added the text instructions here, too. :)

Step 1: Pin Your Sock

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Turn your sock inside out. Pin the leg area of your sock flat, with a row of pins down the centre.

Step 2: Sew the Back Legs

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Sew from the heel of the sock up, foot-width from the row of pins. Round the end just before the end of the sock. Repeat on the opposite side.

Step 3: Cut the Legs Apart

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Cut down the centre of these strips, separating them, and cut off the end area of the sock. Turn the sock right-side out from the small hole between the legs.

Step 4: Cut a Felt Face

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Cut out a piece of felt for the face. Add two holes for safety eyes.

Step 5: Add Eye Patches

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Add brown patches around the eye area.

Step 6: Add Nose and Mouth

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Add a nose from felt and stitch on the mouth.

Step 7: Attach Face

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Stitch face onto toe of sock.

Step 8: Add Eyes

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Add the safety eyes.

Step 9: Stuff Sock

Stuff the sock with stuffing of your choice and then stitch the stuffing opening closed.

Step 10: Sew Front Legs

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Repeat steps 1 - 3 on the other sock, cutting the sock off at the heel and turning and stuffing each limb separately.

Step 11: Attach Arms to Body

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Sew the arms onto the sloth's body.

Step 12: Add Velcro

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Add patches of velcro to each of the sloth's paws.

Step 13: Add Claws

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Add claws to each of the sloth's paws.


Autumn_Arts (author)2017-11-18

These are so stinkin' cute! Great job!

I made one out of some of my old brown pants, I love it :D


angelwulf (author)2017-02-01

Oh my gosh, these are so cute!

Sparklebro (author)2017-01-07

I LOVE LOVE LOOOVE this!!!!!!! Me and my buddies have a group called the Fuzzy Sloths, and this is PERFECT for us!!!! Thank you so much!!!

Izoa Artista (author)2016-09-03

It's soooo ADORBS!!!!!

Slippery arm (author)2016-07-27

This is possibly the cutest thing ever

SirCooksalot made it! (author)2016-01-06

Thanks for this awesome 'ible! I got a sewing machine for Xmas, and promptly made a sock monkey of course. I wanted to mix it up a little for round 2, and this was perfect. You'd almost think that socks were made just for sock sloths! Mine isn't quuuuuite as cute as yours, but hey, I'm getting there. Thanks again for sharing, super cool of you.

LD_P (author)SirCooksalot2016-01-06

Aw, yours is so lovely! The ears are adorable! I hope you have loads of fun with your machine!

FloSagar (author)2015-11-22

making this for my mum for christmas, she's kind of obsessed with sloths

FloSagar (author)2015-11-22

making this for my mum for christmas, she's kind of obsessed with sloths

FloSagar (author)2015-11-22

making this for my mum for christmas, she's kind of obsessed with sloths

JokerDAS made it! (author)2015-11-05

This is great! My daughter wanted me to make a sock sloth for her after I (attempted) a sock bear for her sister. While looking for plans, we found your sock sloth. Mine does not look as adorable as yours, though. Well done!

Princess Kami (author)2015-05-23

so cute!

curly gurly (author)2014-10-29


astropapi1 (author)2014-10-21

I'm gonna make one of these soon. Will be sure to post some pictures!

craftknowitall (author)2014-10-21

I am so glad you did so well on the contest! Its really cute.

LD_P (author)craftknowitall2014-10-21

Thank you so much, and thanks for being a part of my inspiration! :D

misko13 (author)2014-10-17

Wow... what a great instructable.

I'm making this for my 2 year old nephew. He'll love it.

BTW, just checked your website and I must confess that I fell in love with your other sloths. They are sickeningly cute!

Thanks for sharing!

LD_P (author)misko132014-10-17

Thank you so much! I'm glad you like the instructable, and my other sloths! I'd love to see a photo of your version for your nephew - I hope he'll love it! :)

Taurenp made it! (author)2014-10-13

just finished :3. he likes the camera

LD_P (author)Taurenp2014-10-13

Aw, he's so cute! Definitely a model in the making, the photogenic little creature he is. ;) Thanks for making your own version of my instructable! :)

craftraptor (author)2014-10-12

Just makin' mine right now, very adorable :)

LD_P (author)craftraptor2014-10-12

Thank you! Have fun, and don't forget to post your version once you've completed yours! :)

nanonano58 made it! (author)2014-10-04

its veeeery adorable !!, thanks for the instructions :)
I added magnets to its paws :D

LD_P (author)nanonano582014-10-12

This is so cute! And magnets are a great idea! Thanks for sharing your version! :D

ianheavy (author)2014-09-15

Now one of the greatest mysteries of mankind has been solved, where do all the odd socks go?

Into sloths!

I may write a paper on this matter......perhaps a Nobel prize is in the offing!

LD_P (author)ianheavy2014-09-15


acane1 (author)2014-09-14

excellent idea, I have been making sock monkeys for a while, but this wee fellow is now due to join the tribe, thanks for sharing.

LD_P (author)acane12014-09-15

Be sure to add a photo if you make your own! :) Thank you!

shaman5188 (author)2014-09-14

your sloths are massively commercial, you should be selling them on eBay, or putting kits together for people.

Brilliant idea, very unique, great tutorial. More power to you ;-)

LD_P (author)shaman51882014-09-15

Thank you! I actually made a bunch of non-sock sloth plushes, too, because sloths are just such fun to make!

ippyrocks4001 (author)2014-09-14

can u try to make another animal as in a rabbit and use its ears with the Velcro part because my cousin would love this. But still great project! Im going to make alot

Klappstuhl (author)2014-09-14

Dawww, it's so happy! :3

whenwen (author)2014-09-12

Wonderful! Can't wait to make one w/my 8y.o. Thanks for sharing!

LD_P (author)whenwen2014-09-13

Thank you! Would love to see your version if you make your own. :)

mnmama (author)2014-09-11

Darling. What a great idea.

LD_P (author)mnmama2014-09-12


Abigail02 (author)2014-09-11

So cute!!

LD_P (author)Abigail022014-09-12

Thank you!

seamster (author)2014-09-11

Nicely done! This is so cute. I need to make one for my kids!

LD_P (author)seamster2014-09-12

Thank you! I'd love to see your version if you do make one! :)

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Bio: Journalism and English student with a penchant for crafting. You can probably find me locked in my room, making something.
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