Sock Kangaroo & Baby Kangaroo
Mama Kass & Baby Kaden
Finished size: Mama Kangaroo, 11″ H & Baby Kangaroo, 3.5″ H
Download and print separately: Sock Kangaroo & Baby Kangaroo Pattern Templates
Kass, the sock kangaroo, is a folksy humble new mom in her local community. She would greet everyone who she comes across while strolling with baby Kaden in her pouch. Baby Kaden has been living comfortably in Mama Kass’s pouch, safe and sound. Baby Kaden is growing bigger now, soon he will be leaving the pouch and Mama Kass will be missing him a lot.
Make: 1 Mama Sock Kangaroo
1. Plain cotton sock, crew length, 1 pair
2. Button eye 8mm dome-shaped, black, 2; or equivalent button
3. Fabric scraps of about 10″ x 4.5″ or 2 pcs of charm square (5″ x 5″)
Make: 1 Felt Baby Kangaroo
4. Brown felt, 4″ x 6″
5. Beige felt, 2.5″ x 1.5″
6. Button eye 4mm dome-shaped, black, 2; or equivalent button
7. Brown and Yellow embroidery floss
8. Poly-fill stuffing material
9. Sewing threads (matching colors)
10. Sock Kangaroo & Baby Kangaroo Pattern Templates
1. Sewing machine, or, you can hand-sew without machine
2. Long sewing needle (at least 2″), tapestry needle and pins
3. Water Soluble Fabric Marker
5. Blunt point tweezers
6. Spray bottle filled with water
7. Printer and card stock for templates
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.
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.
Secure the knot
Secure the knot by inserting the needle between the 2 threads.
The knot is locked with the sock and it won’t slip away through the knits when you pull the thread during sewing.
Sock Kangaroo – Mama Kass
Get ready the materials and tools for sewing this sock kangaroo project.
I used a pair of beige color cotton socks in lady size and 2 pcs of charm pack size fabric which is 5″ x 5″.
Optional: Take out the elastic strings from the ribbing on one of the socks.
Turn the socks inside out, align the socks as shown in the picture. Pin.
Sketch and trace the pattern templates on the socks.
The left sock is the one with the elastic strings taken out.
Sew and cut out the pieces according to the dashed red lines and blue lines respectively as stated in the pattern template.
Turn the pieces right-side out and stuff firmly with poly-fill stuffing material, sew to close the opening.
Shape the head so that the nose is pointy while the back is round. Stuff the bottom half body densely and shape it round at the bottom and slender at the top, just like a pear. Feet should be flat and wide. Tail is arched at the tip.
Set aside while you work on the ears. You may spray some water on the pieces to erase the marking while waiting, otherwise, you can do it at the end of the project.
Cut and open flat the sock piece that was reserved for the ears. Trace the ear pattern on the wrong-side of the fabric piece then place it on the sock piece with right-side facing each other, pin.
Stitch around the sewing lines and leave an opening at the bottom for turning the ear right-side out.
Turn the ear pieces right-side out, sew to close the opening.
Sew running stitches near the edge of the ear with yellow embroidery floss. Do not pierce the needle through the sock material, just stitch on the fabric and the seam allowance inside the ear.
Fold the ear and sew the bottom together.
Draw a horizontal line at the end of the “toe seam line” of the sock that appears on the head piece. This is the position of the bottom seam line of the ear.
The triangle is the sewing line of the ear to the head.
Top view and the ear placement. Make sure their positions are mirror of each other.
Align the bottom join line of the ear to the drawn line, pin the ear piece to the head and sew around to attach the ear to the head.
Top view of the head after one ear is sewn.
Repeat the same to attach the other ear.
Sew the button eye to the head, the position is about 1/2″ to 3/4″ below the ear. Pinch the positions with your fingers to check if they are your desire place to put eyes. Mark them down.
Sew one eye and pull the sewing thread down to the bottom of the head, pull to make the eye sink into the head. Make a few more stitches to fasten it securely.
Repeat the same to attach the other eye.
Sew the nose with brown embroidery floss; begin at the bottom of the head, out at 1, in at 2, out at 3 and in at 4, end the sewing at the bottom of the head.
1. Cut the pouch piece, with 3/4″ seam allowance on the top and 1/4″ on the rest.
2. Double fold the top edge and top stitch with decorative stitches.
3 & 4. Use running stitch to gather the curve edge of the pouch, place the template on it, align the top edge and pull to tighten the thread to pull the seam allowance inward. Iron to set the crease line.
Place the pouch on the bottom half of the body, pin and sew the pouch to the body, leaving the top edge of the pouch open.
Mark a 1.5″ long on both side of the body, as shown in the picture. This is the arm position of the sock kangaroo.
Mark similar lines at the back of the sock kangaroo. This is the side view of the body that shows 2 lines that will be make the arm.
Sew stitches across the 2 lines, as shown in the picture. Leave longer thread (loop) in between the stitches so that you can pull the thread to tighten the stitches hence form the arm.
Gently pull the thread via the loop to tighten the stitches and form the arm, as shown in the picture.
Similarly, stitch across the arm in upward direction to give it a more secure sewing.
Repeat the same to make another arm.
Place the feet below the body with wider width facing front, pin and sew around the points that the foot touches the body.
Sew the tail to the center bottom of the body. The tail is the “support” that makes the sock kangaroo to stand on its own without tumbling down from behind.
Top view of the body after it is completed.
Mark 2 small circles on the bottom of the head and top of the body, this is where they are going to be joined up.
Place the head on the bode, align the center lines, pin and sew around securely to complete the sock kangaroo.
Spray it with water to erase the blue markings. Shape it while it is still wet if needed. Set aside to let it dry.
Felt Baby Kangaroo – Baby Kaden
Get ready enough felt, other materials and tools to begin the project.
Trace the baby kangaroo template on the felt with the water soluble fabric marker.
Cut the pieces out with about 1/8″ seam allowance.
Stack and align the ear pieces, head pieces and body pieces respectively with right-side facing each other. Sew around with smaller stitch length. Remember to leave opening for turning the pieces right-side out.
Turn all pieces right-out. Stuff the head and body with poly-fill stuffing material until it is dense and firm.
Turn the raw edges at the bottom of the ear inwards, sew to close the opening. Fold the ear and sew the bottom.
Repeat the same to the second ear.
Place the ears on the head of the baby kangaroo, pin and sew around.
Sew to attach the eyes, pull the thread tight to sink the eyes.
Sew the nose with brown embroidery floss.
Place the head to the body, align the center, pin and sew to complete the baby kangaroo.
Spray some water to erase the marking of the fabric marker.
Set aside to let it dry.
4 mama sock kangaroo bring their babies for a walk, they get to socialise with each other and sharing thoughts and experiences of bringing up their off-spring.