Here is my sock cat project. This cat is not just a simple soft toy, it jingles and crinkles!
I made it for my little son when he was 11 months old. Now he is 15 months old and still loves this plumpy little friend. I think such a toy can be a nice handmade gift for kids of different age. I made another one for my six-year-old daughter and she was happy :)
You will need:
- A pair of socks (the bigger the sock size the bigger a toy will be);
- Thread and a needle;
- Stuffing (polyester fiber fill/ hollow fiber or similar);
- Embroidery thread for the face;
- A piece of a plastic bag;
- A jingle bell (not necessary if a toy is planned for a kid older than 2-3 years).
Below you will find my video tutorial and step-by-step photos.
Step 1: Video Tutorial
Step 2: Take a Pair of Socks, Turn Inside Out and Cut According to the Scheme
Step 3: Sew the Open Edges With a Back Stitch
I recommend to use the back stitch because it is strong and the analog of a machine stitch. If you have a sewing machine you can, of course, use it for this step.
Step 4: Turn the Details Right Side Out and Stuff With Polyester Fiber Fill (except the Tail)
Step 5: Insert a Jingle Bell Inside the Body Detail
Step 6: Take a Piece of a Polyester Bag, Put Some Polyester-fiber Stuffing on Top of It and Wrap. Than Insert in the Tail Detail.
Step 7: Embroidery the Cat Face
I embroidered the face because I made this toy for a little kid. If a kid doesn't put everything in the mouth :) , buttons can be used for eyes.
Step 8: Sew the Opening in the Head Shut
Step 9: Ladder Stitch (invisible Stitch) the Head, Arms and Tail to the Body
Step 10: A Handcrafted Sock Cat Is Ready
Hope this tutorial will be useful!