How To Sew Sock Skeleton Doll
1. A pair of plain White Athletic Sock
2. Black felt
3. White buttons, 4 holes (about 1/2″, 2 pcs.)
4. Black buttons, 4 holes (smaller than white, 2 pcs.)
5. Embroidery Floss, black and red
6. Poly-fill or kapok
7. Brown yarn
8. Cardboard (8″ x 6″)
9. Masking tape
10. Tracing (thin) paper
11. Fat Eighth Fabric
13. 1/4″ elastic band
1. Sewing Machine
2. Coordinating color sewing threads
3. Sewing and tapestry needles
6. Ruler & pencil
7. Fabric marker
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Read and get the instruction & printout of sewing the male skeleton from Martha Stewart website.
I followed everything told in the instructions for Mr. Skeleton, but alter a little for Mrs. Skeleton’s body.
Prepare the above materials and tools.
Follow the instruction to sew the body, legs and arms of the skeleton. Remember to turn the socks inside out and sew on the wrong side.
Cut along the cutting lines for the body and limbs. Turn the socks right side out. For the body, turn it right-side out from the small hole between the body and the upper legs. Turn slowly and don’t over stretch the sock’s knits at the opening.
Stuff with poly-fill or kapok until firm. Stitch up all openings.
Sew Doll Hair
Cut cardboard to 8″ x 6″, mark the center line and 4″ width lines.
Tuck the yarn near the center line with masking tape. Wind along the 8″ length until you are satisfy with the hair thickness for your Mrs. Skeleton. I made about 3-4 layers of windings. Tuck the yarn end and cut. This is the back of the cardboard with windings of yarns.
Turn to front. Slide a small piece of tracing paper between the yarns and the cardboard.
Place the masking tape on top of them, press to make the yarns stick to it. Make sure the yarn didn’t go beyond the 4″ limit.
Turn to back and cut the yarn apart at the center line. Take the cardboard away. Smooth out the hair which is still sandwich between the masking tape and tracing paper.
Use the closest thread color to the hair, machine sew along the center line with small stitch length. I used slightly less than 1 (out of 4) on my Singer sewing machine.
Carefully tear away the masking tape. Do it slowly to avoid tearing away and spoiling the yarn.
Rip away the tracing paper too.
Now you have the half done body and the hair. Cut 2 circles (slightly bigger than the white button) from black felt.
Use a few strands of white threads, wrap a few rounds and strangle on the neckline of the doll, tie firmly. Hey! she has a head now 🙂
Sew the limbs to the body.
Sew the black felt circles to the face with blanket stitch, then stack the combi of white and black button and sew onto it. Sew the eye lashes.
Make a stitch on one side of the cheek, penetrate the needle from the cheek into the head to the other side of the cheek, pull and tug to create a deep “dimple” on the cheek. Repeat the same to the other cheek.
Sew the lips with red embroidery floss (6 strands) from dimple to dimple. Dab a small dot of glue to set the placement of the lip’s shape.
Sew ribs as per instruction in Martha’s site.
Fold a small portion (about 1/2″) of the hair inwards in order to make the forehead hair a little thicker.
Place the hair on the doll head.
Pin it in place.
Sew with back stitch along the machine-sewn line with the same yarn.
This is how it looks after finish sewing the hair to the head.
Tuck a few stitches near the ear area to hold some of the hair in place to the side.
Brush some red/pink blush on her cheek.
Almost done! Just need to sew a dress for her to wear, she cant go naked, right?
Cut 4 triangles. Place 2 pieces right side together, sew the 2 slant sides, turn right side out from the base. Press. Fold the base seam allowances into the triangle and top-stitch around. Repeat the same for another triangle.
Cut 2 lengths of 8″ (shoulder straps) and 1 length of 10″ (under-bust strap) ribbon. Sew the triangles to the shoulder and under-bust straps respectively.
Cut a 4″ x 18″ rectangle fabric for the skirt. Join at the 4″ edge. Fold 1/4″ at the bottom hem and sew. Fold 1/2″ top hem and sew, leave an 1″ opening for elastic band entry. Join the band and close the opening.
Put on the dress and if you can find some spider buttons, sew them onto her tummy and thigh. I just love her spider tattoo!
Hi!!! Mrs. Skeleton!!!