Difficulty: Advance / Avid Intermediate
Finished size: approximately 8″ (W) x 8 1/2″ (H) x 11″ (L)
1. Sock (crew length), adult size, solid color, 1 pair
2. Sock (crew length), toddler size, stripes in contrasting color, 1 pair
3. Safety eye 5/8″ [15mm], black, 2; or button; or felt
4. Bead, 3/16″ [5mm], black
5. Felt, red, 1″ x 1 1/2″
6. Felt, yellow, 4″ x 4″
7. Poly-fill stuffing material
8. Embroidery floss, yellow
9. Sewing threads (matching colors)
10. Sock dragon templates
1. Sewing machine (optional, you can hand-sew without machine)
2. Sewing needle (prefer long, about 2″) and pins
4. Erasable fabric marker
6. Blunt point tweezers
Seam Allowance: approx. 1/8 – 1/4″ (loose-knit and thinner sock material need to have bigger seam allowance as the loose knit can be ripped off easily.)
Since the sock is stretched after stuffed, thick sock with close-knit yields better quality than thin sock.
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Gather all the tools and materials needed for sewing sock dragon.
Download and print out the sock dragon templates for the arm, foot, wing and spikes. You might need to resize the templates so that they fit into your socks size.
Turn all socks wrong side out. Align 1 adult sock & 2 toddler socks on the side, 1 adult sock on the foot, make sure they are symmetrical on both layers. Lightly iron if necessary.
Place the solid color adult sock on a toddler stripe sock as shown in the picture.
Mark the seam line on the adult sock as indicated in yellow dash line.
Mark the seam line on the toddler sock as shown in white dash line in the picture.
This is the belly of the dragon.
Trace arm and foot template on the sock. Mark 1″ down from the corner on the toe part, this is the snout of the dragon.
Sew the arms and feet, remember to leave about 1″ opening for turning right side out and stuffing after sewn.
Cut all parts with at least 1/8″ seam allowance. Cut the snout on the marking line.
Trace the spikes (5 big, 2 medium and 2 small) and wings on the toddler socks.
Sew spikes and wings with opening allowance for right side out and stuffing.
Cut all parts with at least 1/8″ seam allowance.
The belly piece and the body piece of the sock dragon.
Pin the top and bottom of the belly piece to the dragon body.
Align the sides and pin.
Sew the belly piece to the body.
Then sew the tail part and leave about 1 1/2″ opening for turning right side out.
a.) Turn all parts right side out.
b.) Use a pair of blunt tip tweezers to turn the spikes. Place the tweezers on the tip of the spike.
c.) Pull and flip the sock right side out without moving the tweezers.
d.) The spike with a neat and nice tip. Repeat the same to 9 of them.
a.) All parts after being turned right side out.
b.) Stuff all parts firmly.
c.) Slip stitch the opening of the tail.
d.) Pull thread to shut the opening.
Sew to close the openings of the feet, arms, wings and spikes.
Arrange the spikes in the order of 5 large, follow by 2 medium, then 2 small. The last small spike is going to attach on the tip of the tail.
a.) The body of the dragon after stuffing.
b.) Mark the brow lines on the head with erasable fabric marker. Outer lines are about 1/2″ down from the seam corner of the sock’s toe part, horizontal. Inner lines are vertically down (follow the sock knit-grain) from the inner seam corner of the sock’s toe. Sew ladder stitches between this 2 lines. Pull thread to form the thick brow of the dragon. It is the same method as sewing the brows of the sock owl.
c.) Mark the snout position on the face.
d.) Pin the snout to the marking, top, bottom, left and right.
a.) Start from center bottom, sew the snout to the face with slip stitch. Stuff the snout 1″ just before finish. Continue to sew to complete the snout. Knot the thread but don’t cut. It is the same method as sewing the mouth for the sock monkey.
b.) Insert the needle into the snout and come out from the corner of the sock toe seam. Sew a bead there and make a few stitches. Insert the needle back to the snout and come out at the bottom again.
c.) Insert it back and this time to the corner of another toe seam. Pull the thread to sunken the first bead. Repeat the bead sewing here. Needle back to the bottom, pull to sunken the second bead. Knot, hide knot and thread.
d.) Sew eyes to the face. Pull the thread to sink the eyes a little.
a.) The look of the sock dragon after brows, snout, nostril and eyes done.
b.) Align the spikes at the center back of the dragon with the last smallest spike on the tip of the tail. Space out a little towards the tail if you have enough space.
c.) Sew around each spike to the dragon, sew them close to each other. Make a few stitch between spikes so that they can align better. If you space out the spikes towards the tail end, sew and pull them closely, this will make the tip of the tail tilt up a little (compare the tail tip of picture b.).
a.) Sew the yellow foot print to the bottom of the foot. Position the feet to the dragon, it can be in sitting position or standing position, as long as the dragon can stay firm and won’t topple off. Pin.
b.) Sew around the feet to attach them to the dragon body.
c.) Position arms to the dragon, pin and sew around just like sewing the feet.
d.) After finish sewing the arms, make a few stitch between the arms and across the body, pull to set the arms into the body. It makes the dragon more hug inviting.
a.) Hand sew the wings with tidy running stitch to resemble a bat wing.
b.) Sew to attach them on the back of the dragon, about 1″ to 1 1/4″ from the spikes.
c.) Cut the red felt to make a snake tongue.
d.) Sew it on the snout. Embroidery branch stitch on the snout to make a smiley mouth.
This is how the snout looks like after completing all the components.
The sock dragon is completed. It is now waiting for the young owner to hug him and probably to spend the rest of it’s life with him or her.