How To Sew Sock Turkey
Finished size: about 10″ tall
1. Sock (ankle length), dark brown, 1 (single)
2. Sock (Toe sock), colorful rainbow stripes, 1 pair
3. Domed Button eye 6mm, black, 2
4. Felt, color: White (1″ x 1/2″), Red (3 1/2″ x 1″), Black (9″ x 4″), Yellow (1″ x 1″), Blue (7″ x 1″)
5. Poly-fill stuffing material
6. Cotton batting, 2 pieces of 2 1/2″ x 8″
7. Sewing threads: Black, white, red
8. Sock Turkey template
9. Happy Autumn iron-on decal
10. Thick paper (for template printing)
1. Sewing machine or, you can hand-sew without machine
2. Long sewing needle (about 2″) and pins
3. Erasable fabric marker
4. White chalk pencil or white color pencil with soft tip
5. Blunt point tweezers or an awl
Seam Allowance: approx. 1/4″ – 3/8″ (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.
Download the pdf template and print it on a thick plain paper. Cut the templates out.
Trace the top hat, eye and snood templates on the felts. Add 1/4″ seam allowance for the top hat template as shown in the picture.
Cut them out.
Cut the toe sock horizontally approximately 4″ from the tip of the big toe.
Cut away the elastic band of the sock.
Turn the bottom part of the toe sock inside out, align the stripes and pin. Place feet, leg and beak template on the sock and trace.
Repeat the same on the other sock but leaving out the beak template.
1. Draw lines as shown in the picture on both side and both pair of the tail piece.
2. Stuff the tail piece with Poly-fill stuffing material, stuff all the toe pockets first followed by the feet part. Make sure it is stuffed evenly by rolling and massaging the stuffing.
3. Sew around the raw edges with running stitch, pull to gather the opening.
4. Push the raw edges into the tail piece to hide, pull thread to seal the closing better. Knot.
1. Sew running stitch between the 2 sides of the tail piece. Make sure the needle goes in straight and comes out from the other side. Keep the running stitch distance constant.
2. Pull the thread tightly after you have done the running stitches to the other end. You will see stippled thread line.
3. Sew the running stitch back to where it comes from to cover the dashes and make it a complete indent line.
4. Sew the other 3 lines that separate the toe. Sewing the tail piece into 5 sections first in order to make sure the stuffing is evenly spread within the 5 toes.
Sew the center lines of the toe sections in the same way as above. This will give the tail a more defined look of a feather.
Repeat the sewing on the the other piece of tail to make it a pair of tails.
1. Sew the feet, leg and beak as shown in yellow lines, stretch the sock a little while sewing so that the sewing line can be stretched during stuffing. Sew the other piece (without beak) the same way.
2. Cut out all pieces with about 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn them right side out.
3. Stuff the feet pieces with Poly-fill stuffing material, sew the opening in one line using ladder stitch.
4. Push the raw edges into the sock and pull the thread to give a neat seam.
5. Draw 2 lines as shown in the picture.
6. Sew the lines just like the way you sew the tail, to create 2 straight dented lines on the foot.
Repeat the same to the other foot. Set aside.
Fold the roll the cotton batting tightly to about 2 1/2″ long and 1/2″ in diameter as shown in the picture.
Sew to secure the batting in cylinder shape. Cut away the uneven edge to make it to about 2″ to 2 1/4″ long.
1. Sew a few stitches to connect the edge of batting to the seam allowance of the leg piece. Insert the batting into the sock and roll the sock to turn it right side out.
2. Mark a 1/2″ dia circle at the feet as shown in the picture.
3. Sew to attach the leg to the foot by using ladder stitch, catch some batting in between the stitches so that the batting can sit better inside the tube leg. Push in the raw edges before pulling the thread to tighten up the stitches.
4. Repeat the same to the other foot.
A pair of tails and feet. Set aside and waiting for assembly.
1. Turn the dark brown sock inside out and flatten, align the color border if your sock has color section like mine, pin. Place sock turkey templates on the sock and trace with white chalk pencil.
2. Sew the tracing lines (as indicate in yellow) but leave about 3/8″ opening at the bottom of the wings.
3. Cut the pieces out with about 1/4″ seam allowance. Cut 1/2″ from the heel part.
4. Turn all pieces right side out. Use a pair blunt point tweezers to turn the small pieces.
1. Stuff the sock turkey body with Poly-fill stuffing material.
2. Concentrate the stuffing on the head and neck first.
3. Stuff until the turkey body is full and firm.
4. Close the opening by sewing it in one line using ladder stitch. Pull the thread to seal the opening, knot, hide knot and cut the thread.
5. Bottom view of the sock turkey body.
6. Side view of the turkey body.
Front view of the sock turkey body with big rear end.
If you want to have a big tummy turkey, then you may use the back as the front.
1. Place the white of the eye on the face of the turkey. Sew the domed button eye to the white of the eye, sew a few stitches to secure it.
2. Pull the needle out from the back of the head, pull tight so that the shank of the button set into the head and not hanging loosely. Then go in again at the same point where it came out.
3. Pull the needle out from the other eye, sew another domed button eye. Repeat 3 to set the button eye into the head.
4. Completed both eyes.
1. Stuff and position the beak onto the face, pin.
2. Sew to attach the beak by using ladder stitch.
3. Push in the raw edges before pulling the thread to tighten the stitches.
4. Place the snood on the beak, sew it with red thread to secure it position.
Stuff the wings with Poly-fill stuffing material, sew to close the opening with ladder stitch.
Sew to attach the wing to the turkey body as shown in the picture.
1. Place the tails next to each other as shown in the picture. Stitch them together where they touch each other (about 1″ long).
2. Full tail.
3. Place and position the tail on the back of the turkey, pin. Sew around the external with hidden stitches.
4. Sew the inside of the tail and pull the thread to tighten the stitches to complete the attachment.
1. The sock turkey is so happy that it has a beautiful and colorful tail. Next we are going to give it a pair of big foot legs.
2. Turn the turkey upside down. Mark 2 circle of 1/2″ as shown in the picture.
3. Place the leg on the marking and stitch around with ladder stitch, catch some batting between the stitches. Push the raw edges into the leg before tightening up the stitches.
4. Repeat to the sew the other leg. The turkey is now pretty happy with it’s colorful legs as well.
1. Get ready the top hat materials that you have prepared previously.
2. Roll the hat until the edge meets the seam line. Sew with black color thread.
3. Remember to clip notches on the seam allowance on the hat top.
4. Insert the notches into the hat and sew around.
1. Feed the belt through the buckle as shown in the picture.
2. Stitch the other end of the belt on the hat, about 1/4″ from the bottom edge of the hat. Make a few brief stitches until where the buckle is going to set on.
3. Overlap the belt and make some small stitches to secure.
4. Use the buckle to hide the stitches away.
5. Attach the brim to the hat by sewing them together.
6. A completed top hat for the turkey.
1 & 2. Cut the ribbing of the sock to about 2″ long.
3 & 4. Sew the raw edges together to form a collar.
Put the collar on the neck of the sock turkey to resemble the wattle of the turkey.
1. If you have an iron-on decal or able to cut your own “Happy Autumn” decal, clean up the unwanted white vinyl by peeling them off with a pair of tweezers.
2. A clean “Happy Autumn” iron-on decal is really to be transfer to the belly of the sock turkey.
3. Heat up your iron to medium heat (dry and no steam) or as stated in the iron-on material instruction. Use the iron to pre-heat the belly area of the turkey for about 10 to 15 seconds. Place the iron-on decal on the belly of the sock turkey. Press with medium pressure the iron to adhere the decal for 20 seconds on each section. Make sure to iron all the words.
4. Remove the protective plastic after it has cool down.
Tada!!!! Happy Autumn Sock Turkey to say a big hello to welcome the season of harvest and Thanksgiving!!!
Hats off to you, yes, you, who’ve had read this tutorial to the very end. It is a rather long tutorial and I am glad that you have followed through. Have a nice time sewing up the sock turkey and please link back or show me your version of Mr. Sock Gobble. I am looking forward.