Sock Sheep Pattern

sock sheep pattern

How To Sew Sock Sheep

Difficulty: Intermediate
Finished size: Upright – 5″ (W) x 12″ (H), Stay down – 12″ (L) x 6″ (H)

Materials:
Make: 1
1. Sock (crew length), microfiber fuzzy, adult size, solid color, single
2. Sock (crew length), cotton or wool, adult size, solid color, single
3. Button eye 8mm dome-shaped, black, 2; or equivalent button
4. Crochet lace thread or Embroidery floss, pink
5. Poly-fill stuffing material
6. Sewing threads (matching colors)
7. Jingle bell and yarn or string
8. Sock sheep template

Tools:
1. Sewing machine or, you can hand-sew without machine
2. Long sewing needle (about 2″), tapestry needle and pins
3. Erasable fabric marker
4. Scissors
5. Blunt point tweezers or an awl

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.)

Note:
Since the sock is stretched after stuffed, thick sock with close-knit yields better quality than thin sock.
Click here to shop for Microfiber chenille socks set to make Sock Sheep.

Tips:
Always massage the stuffing to loosen the lumps. Roll any long tubular parts with both hands to smooth out the lumps, it will also help to make the parts longer and firmer.

Upright Sock Sheep

sock sheep materialsGet ready all necessary materials and tools as listed above.
The poly-suffing material display in the picture is only a sample, you will need more than this.

sew sock sheep face1. Cut 5″ from the toes part on a plain sock to make the head.
2. Stuff with poly-stuffing material until it is about the size of a fist.
3. Sew running stitch 1/4″ from the edge, pull to close the opening. Push the raw edges into the head. It is alright if the gap is not completely close.
4. Insert the beige sock ball into the pink microfiber sock. Pull tight so that the sock is deep in the toe part and stretched out. Cut the sock equal or slightly smaller that the beige sock ball.

sew sock sheep head1. Draft a circle slightly smaller that the beige sock ball, as shown.
2. Fold the raw edge up at the circle line and stitch to the beige sock ball. Make sure the raw edge is caught in the thread so that it won’t stray out from the head.
3. Make the ear indentation on the side of the head, slightly higher than middle of the head, as shown.
4. Use 4 strands of thread, make a few stitch across the head to the opposite and pull to create the dent. The head will turn into an oval shape.

sock sheep eye noseMark the eye positions, it is at the same level as the ear indentation. Draft the nose with the erasable marker too; first, draw a vertical line at the center of the face, 1″ from the pink sock. Then draw 2 slant lines extended from the eye to create a V shape.

sock sheep eyesStitch the button eyes on the respective marking.
First, you sew to attach 1 eye, knot. Insert the needle back to the face and come out from another eye marking, pull to sunken the first eye and indent the second eye placement, knot.
Sew the second eye at the indentation, knot then bring the needle out from the first eye, knot again.

sew sock sheep nose1. Sew nose with crochet lace thread or embroidery floss (use all 6 strands). Tie the thread at the bottom of the head. Insert the needle into the head come out from point 1 and go in at point 2.
2. Come out at point 3.
3. Place the horizontal thread under point 3, needle go in at point 4 and come out at the starting point. Pull slightly to create a a V-shape nose.
4. Repeat the process again if you wish to make a more defined nose.

sock sheep headThis is how it looks like with eyes and nose done.
Set the head aside.

cut sockCut the socks as shown in the picture.
For beige sock – The top 2/5 part is for arms and the 3/5 part is for legs. The heel part is for ears and tail.
For pink microfiber sock – the ankle part is for legs and the foot part is for arms.

sew socks1 & 2. With right side facing each other and raw edge aligned together, sew the beige and microfiber sock together for the legs and arms parts respectively.
3. Flatten the arm and leg parts with wrong side out, align the seam lines of both layers and pin them together. Draw the outline for the legs, arms, ears and tails on the sock. Get larger picture here.
4. Sew along the drawn lines. The join is thick to sew, sew slowly and carefully, use an awl to press the microfiber down to reduce the thickness so that it is easier for the presser foot to get over.

sew sock sheep body1. Cut all pieces out with at least 1/8″ seam allowance.
2. Turn all pieces right side out.
3. Stuff body until it is firmed at the leg part and gradually reduce the firmness towards to top. Sew running stitch to close the top.
4. Stuff arms until the beige part is firmed, add a little poly-stuffing material to the pink part. Sew to close the arms. Stuff the tail firmly and sew to close the opening. Set aside.

 sew sock sheep ears1. Stuff very small amount of poly-stuffing material to the ears, Sew to close the opening.
2. Fold the ears to half and sew along the base and a bit on the side.
3. Repeat to make 2 ears.
4. Place the ears to the indentation position, with the ears pointing down, pin and sew around. Repeat the same to the other ears. Eyeballing the position and pointing direction of the ears so that they come out to be identical.

 sock sheep full headA completed sheep head with ears attached to it.

sew sock sheepSew the head to the body, then arms to the position between the head and body.
Finally the tail at the back of the body.

sew sock sheepTie a jingle bell to the neck of the sock sheep to complete a cute and adorable soft toy sheep.

Stay Down Sock Sheep

sew sock sheepIt is similar to the upright sock sheep, except that there is no splitting for arms and legs on the microfiber sock.
1. Follow the instruction of the upright sock sheep, except the microfiber of the body. Don’t cut to split it but cut a small opening at the heel for turning inside out in the later stage.
2. Join the plain sock to the microfiber as shown. Align and pin layers together, draw and sew the stay down body.
3 & 4. Turn the sock right side out from the small opening at the heel and stuff. Sew to close the opening.

sew sock sheepSew to attach the head to the body. Tie a jingle bell to the neck to complete the stay down sock sheep.

Here they are, 2 postures for you to choose, upright or stay down sock sheep.
sock sheep

Play around with different sock colors and patterns to create a flock of them.

sock sheep

Happy Valentine’s Day and Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!

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  1. I think these sheep are absolutely darling! I am getting 2 new grandbabies soon and would love to make them one. I am trying to print the pattern and when I get to page 4 all that it shows are the pictures. Am I doing something wrong, how can I print the entire pattern? Thanks for sharing your talent!

    • Hi Diana,
      The written instructions should be at the page 2 and page 3 since they are not aligned with the photos. I am having my developer to come out with a better printing styling, please bare with this imperfection as he is working on it.
      Thank you.

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  2. Love this cute pattern. Thanks so much for sharing. I do have one question or suggestion. Since all socks are not created equal could you please tell me or put in the pattern approximately how long the sections are for the leg and arm pieces, both pieces of each. Thank you for your help and I can’t wait to finish my lambs.

    • Hi Peggy,
      As explained in the tutorial, the legs and arms pieces are made from the sock ankle, the top 2/5 part is for arms and the 3/5 part is for legs of the sock sheep. Hope this helps 🙂
      Happy sewing!!!

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  3. Hello, I love the little sheep you made. Wish you had a video on how to make these. I learn by watching easier than by reading! Thanks for sharing your creative work. Will try to make the one laying down.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this great FREE pattern and tutorial. These are adorable! xo Jan

  5. I would love to pin this to my PINTEREST board. Can you make that possible? Thank you! 🙂

  6. i am unable to print pattern. is there anu way i can buy a capy oh pattern.

  7. Hi Joanne,

    First of all…i love your sock sheep pattern!
    As i am sewing at the moment i have a question for you…do you have a special technic to put on the head because mine is absolutly horrible.
    Thank you so much and keep on sewing

    With love Jolanda

    • Hi Jolanda,
      Thank you for loving the sock sheep.
      First, you may pin the head on the body then sew around to attach the head on. If the head seems loose and doesn’t stand well, sew another round but this time a little wider than the first round.
      Hope I have answered your question correctly, if I don’t please send a picture of your sheep via the contact form to show me your exact problem.
      Thank you.

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  8. Do you have a pattern for cow and a pig

  9. Hi! I absolutely love these! Im currently pregnant and have a sheep/lamb theme going on in the nurseryand this would fit in perfectly. Since this is out of my skill set would there be any chance I could buy them from you (the two you showed during the tutorial)? If so, how much would you charge? Thanks!!

  10. I do not sew. Is anyone making these to sell? They are adorable.

  11. I would like to know how to print the pattern for the lamb sock dolls, I am unable to do so after several tries

    • Dear Shelley,
      May I know which browser are you using? I am using Chrome and Firefox, the printing function looks good over here. Please try again as there may be hiccups on the 3rd party printing service.
      Sorry for the inconvenient caused.

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  12. These are adorable!! Thanks for the how-to.

  13. I think these are brilliant! Thank you for the tutorial.

  14. I don’t understand this step:

    “Use 4 strands of thread, make a few stitch across the head to the opposite and pull to create the dent.”

    Can you please explain it?

    • In picture 3 and 4, you will make a pair of dent spots for the ears. See the marking on picture 3, insert the needle with 4 strands of thread (use 4 strands so that it is strong enough to pull and able to sustain in pulling tension in long run). Pull the needle out from the opposite ear, insert the needle back to the head about 1/2″ distance from where it comes out. Pull to tighten the thread and dent the head for the ears. Repeat again if necessary.
      Hope this explained.
      Ear indent

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  15. First of all these sock sheep are very cute! I am working on 1 for my granddaughter. I’m happy with my head, body, and legs. But having difficulties with the ears. I made them according to what I thought your pattern-photo showed and they are way too small. Trying again … hoping I can get the proper size. Any suggestions for the ears? Also, your instructions state the “the top 2/5 of the sock is for the arms and the 3/5 is for the legs.” Do you mean 2 inches for the arm and 3″ for the legs? That is what I used and the arms look a little short. But I’m going ahead with what I have. Thank you so much for this Free Pattern. It’s so adorable and I’m having fun making this first one. I will probably do another in different colors.

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  17. I absolutely LOVE these sweet lambs! Thank you for sharing this with us! Would it be possible to make a video tutorial and then post it on Youtube?
    Janet

  18. These sheep are absolutely adorable. My friend shared this with me on fb and asked if I could make her one. Its so easy and I actually substituted buttons for the eyes since I didn’t have heads and it’s turning out just as cute but a little more unique. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Thank you for your detailled gift idea…I’ve seen it has been very copied on youtube and finally I have found the origin of the idea…I think I will make it as soon as I have a few minutes to dedicate to my craft passion! Geetings from Venice-Italy, Ketty.

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