Cowabunga!!! I am back with this amazing free Sock Ninja Turtle Pattern which were inspired by the cartoon Ninja Turtles! I have spent some great time sewing up this set of 4 Sock Ninja Turtle dolls, my kids and my family members are all amazed that each of them was sewn from a pair of socks. My initial plan was to make just one Sock Ninja Turtle, but I can’t help myself not to sew up a complete set of four after I have finished one. Just can’t leave out any of them with their unique characteristics.
If you are like me, who was born and raised in the 70’s or 80’s, Ninja Turtle was one of our childhood nostalgic cartoon heroes. This brings me back to the memory lane of those days where the siblings sat together in front of the TV watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, it was simply one of the happiest childhood days among. I remember that we felt so fascinating by watching the mutated turtle brothers who learned and practiced ninjutsu, to fight against criminal; we see magics, hopes and justice in our wide-eyed childhood mind. Love those days!!!
A little background and characters about the Sock Ninja Turtles, they are a team of mutant red-eared sliders named after four Renaissance artists and living in the sewers of New York City, where they train by day and fight crime by night as ninjas.
Leo is the tactical, courageous leader of the Sock Ninja Turtle and a devoted student of Ninjutsu, wearing a blue mask and wielding a katana. He is courageous and is willing to do anything to protect his brothers. Being a head of the family at times leads to conflicts with his brother Raphael. He is the most disciplined, has a strategic bent of mind, possesses great strength.
Mikey is the most stereotypical of the Sock Ninja Turtle, wearing an orange mask and wielding a pair of nunchucks. He is the one who brings cheer to the Turtles with his easy-going, free-spirited jokester and sense of humor. He is an adventure junkie and loves pizza! He doesn’t just enjoy eating but he can rustle a meal too, for he is a great chef. Being a ninja he obviously has amazing fighting skills. He shows characteristics of a “surfer” type and is often depicted with a Southern Californian accent.
Don is the scientist, inventor, engineer and technological genius of the Sock Ninja Turtle, wearing a purple mask and wielding a bo staff. He is perhaps the least violent turtle, preferring to use his knowledge to solve conflicts. Gifted with a streak of invention, he is genius who loves peace but never shies away from defending his brothers.
Raph is the aggressive and bad boy of the Sock Ninja Turtle, wearing a red mask and wielding a pair of sai. He is physically very strong and the one who can pick up a fight at the drop of hat. He also has conflicts with his brother Leo, the leader of the mutant ninja turtles but also is intensely loyal to his brothers and sensei. He is often depicted with a New York accent. His personality can be fierce and sarcastic, and oftentimes delivers deadpan humor.
Besides the color of the masks, the customization on the expressions of the mouth immediately brings out their unique character and personality. Other than these two customization, they were all made from the same basic sewing pattern and tutorial.
In this tutorial, I also added the tutorial on how to sew a turtle shell. Sew the shell to add it to the back of the Ninja Turtle to complete the Sock Ninja Turtle. I was lucky to be able to find 3 of the Ninja weapons (katana, nunchucks and sai) in one of the shops here. Unfortunately, I can’t find the Bo staff…. so I DIY it from the rattan cane. Just cut the 4 rattan cane to about 18″ long, add a white felt at the center of the bo staff and tie it with jute twine, tie another few rounds of jute twine at the 2 ends to finish the bo staff. Or, go to the woods and pick up a 3/4″ to 1″ diameter of straight tree branch, cut it to 18″ and sand both ends to smooth them out.
I made some of them “holding” the weapons by wrapping the fingers and sew to secure the position. The arms can be bent in the same way too, just fold it up and sew to secure.
Before you proceed to the 2nd page for the pattern and tutorial details, please meet my little pet – the red-eared sliders turtle, see how gracefully he walks and “roars” (next picture) hahaha. These two pictures were taken about 4 years back, it is now in full grown size and…. no it hasn’t mutated yet, it is still an ordinary red-eared slider turtle.
“I am small but I am going to grow up like a Ninja Turtle!!!” oh dear… but you are still an ordinary turtle after 4 years in the pond, receiving all the love from me and the food I feed.