Sock Lop Eared Bunny
Difficulty: Intermediate / Avid Beginner
Finished size: approximately 7″ (W) x 14″ (H)
1. Sock (crew length), colored, 1 pair
2. Sock (ankle length), matching or contrasting color, 1
3. Safety eye 5/8″ [15mm], black, 2; or button; or felt
4. Poly-fill stuffing material
5. Embroidery floss, maroon pink
6. Sewing threads (matching colors)
7. Ribbon, 2 ft
1. Sewing machine (optional, you can hand-sew without machine)
2. Sewing needle (prefer long, about 2″) and pins
3. Erasable fabric marker
5. Blunt point tweezers
Seam Allowance: approx. 1/8 – 1/4″ (thinner sock material need to have bigger seam allowance as the loose knit can be ripped off easily.)
In order to make different sizes of sock bunnies, you may use different sizes of socks, ie, baby socks, toddler sock,, ladies sock etc….
Since the sock is stretched after stuffed, thick sock yields better quality than thin sock.
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Gather all the necessary tools and materials as listed above.
I used a pair of crew length grey-lilac woolen sock and a single ankle length matching purple cotton sock.
The ankle sock is slightly smaller than the crew length sock, but it is fine as long as it is not bigger.
Cut or rip open the hem seams with scissors or seam ripper if your main socks have folded hems.
Turn your socks wrong side out, press flat as shown in picture.
If your sock has pattern like stripes or lines, match both layers and pin them together.
Cut out the heel part from one of the socks, then split it into 2, as shown in the picture (left sock).
Sketch the pattern of legs and arms on both socks.
Sew on the lines and cut. You need to cut a little longer into the heel between the legs. That extra cut will become the opening for the turning and the stuffing.
a.) To sew the long lop ears for the sock bunny, get the foot piece of both main and matching socks.
b.) Align and press flat on side. Cut into 2 pieces each.
c.) Sketch a tear drop shape on the wrong side of the main sock, with about 1″ opening on the top. Pin the matching sock with it with right side facing each other. You will need to stretch the matching sock a little if the size if smaller.
d.) Sew on the sketch lines and cut. Turn right side out. You will find that the ear pieces will curve in to the smaller matching sock.
a.) Turn all pieces right side out. If the opening in between the legs are too small, snip a little to make it bigger so that your thumb can go in. Don’t cut too big because the material the stretchy, a little cut will make a lot bigger opening.
b.) Stuff the head rounder, then body and legs. Stuff the arms too. Give them some massage to release the lumps and unevenness of the poly fiber.
c.) Sew the opening between the legs with slip or ladder stitch, don’t pull the thread yet until you have finished sew to the end. This is to make the stitches straighter and neater.
d.) Push the raw edges in and pull the thread to close the opening. Knot the thread and hide it in the body.
a.) Turn the raw edges of the arms in and sew up the opening.
b.) Position the arms on the body (slightly below the head) and pin.
c.) Slip stitch around to attach the arms to the body.
d.) Repeat the same to the other arm.
a.) Trim the heel part of the sock to an ellipse shape. Sew running stitch along the raw edge. Pull half way and stuff.
b.) Pull the thread tight and knot.
c.) Pin and sew the tail to the back of the body.
Position and sew the ears to the head, make a few stitches to the side of the ears so that they stay closer to the head.
If you want the ears to look flat, sew around the ear with pick stitch (about 1/4″ from the edge) to bring the 2 layers together.
a.) Cut a small piece from the scrap of the matching sock, about 1″ x 1/2″ to make the nose. Trim it to ellipse shape.
b.) Sew running stitch around.
c.) Pull the thread and push the raw edges in with blunt tweezers to gather the sock into a small ball.
d.) Sew a few stitches to bring the little nose into shape.
Mark the eyes, nose and philtrum of the mouth with erasable fabric marker.
Sew nose onto the face.
a.) Embroidery the philtrum with maroon pink floss, in branch stitches. knot the floss at the eyes marking so that the knots can be hidden away once the button eyes are sewn.
b.) Sew the button eye on the marking. Let the needle come out from the other eye’s marking.
c.) Sew another eye, pull the thread to make the eyes set in.
d.) Depend how deep you want the eyes to set in, pull the thread according. Knot and cut.
Tie a ribbon on the neck and put up some blushers on the cheeks to complete the lop-eared sock bunny, Lilac.