As a follow on to our No sew Sock Penguin we have this cute as a button Sock Doll. She is also completely made from socks. Our Sock Doll does require some hand sewing, making it is a great project to move on to after our Penguin.
- 1 man’s sock (the one used in this tutorial is a white sports sock in a size 6 – 11)
- 1 knee sock (the one used in this tutorial is a 5 – 6 1/2)
- White thread
- Grey thread (or thread to match the second sock used)
- Black embroidery floss/thread
- Yarn (Aran weight used in this tutorial, but any yarn can be used)
- Craft filler
- sewing needles, one with a large eye for the embroidery floss/thread
- Piece of card 6 1/2″ x 4″ / 16.5 cm x 10 cm (This is to wrap the yarn around lengthways to create the hair
How to make:
- Cut the white sock in two as in the picture above, leave aside the top part of the sock for another project.
- Turn the other part of the sock inside out and place flat with front toe section facing you. Using either a fabric marker or a tailor chalk pencil mark out two legs as shown in the picture below.
- Hand sew along the area you have marked using the back stitch. (For details on how to do the back stitch click here)
- NB do not sew the section in-between the legs, this area is where you turn the sock right side out and stuff the Sock Doll.
- Cut away the excess sock material.
- Turn sock right side out.
- Stuff the sock lightly with the craft filler.
- Using the whip stitch sew up the area between the legs.
- About 1/3 down from the top of the sock, using a length of yarn, tie tightly around the sock. This creates the separation between the head and the body.
- Taking the 2nd sock. Fold the top band of the sock over and measure it against the length of the body. Cut out.
- Place the sock over the doll’s body.
- Place the remainder of the sock alongside the top of the head and cut out. This will make the hat. Make sure there is a sufficient amount of material to have a rolled section at the base of the hat.
- Using a running stitch gather the top of the hat together and stitch securely.
- Turn hat right side out and leave aside.
- Wrap the yarn around the cardboard 45 times and cut across one of the sides. You will end up with lengths that are 13″ / 33 cm long.
- At the centre point of the lengths securely tie some yarn at two points very close to each other. See the centre of the picture below.
- From both of the points you have tied, plait each side down to the end and tie a bow in place using a small cut off section from the sock.
- When you have this completed cut the plaits in half at the centre point, see image below.
- Leave aside with the hat.
- Using the grey thread (or matching thread to your chosen sock) sew through the sock body to create ‘the arms in pockets’ definition. Starting just below the neck and in 1 ” / 2.4 cm from the side, sew down 2 1/2 ” / 6 cm on both sides of the body.
- At this point, if you have any sock material left over from the dress you can add layers by cutting out a similar piece to the hat above and just slipping in under the main section of the dress at the bottom.
- Position the plaits in position at either side of the doll’s head and sew in place.
- Place the hat over the plaits and the head, sew in place.
- The final step is to create the eyes, I used 6 strands of the black embroidery floss/thread, and using a back stitch I sewed in 2 semi-circles with 3 eyelashes in each semi-circle.
- The eyes are created in the same way as shown in this tutorial click here and we have a video tutorial click here
Your sock doll is now completed.
Watch our step by step video tutorial here…