Sewing sock animal is so much fun, I can’t seem to stop myself. Meet the next sock animal in our Craft Passion family – Bob the sock beaver. This beaver soft toy comes with a hoodie (similar to the hoodie sock sheep and sock reindeer), which is detachable and yes, it can be pulled down as well.
This hoodie sock beaver stands at about 9” tall and sewn from a set of star socks. Bob is a combination of 1 microfiber chenille sock (his hoodie) and 1 cotton sock (his body). His muzzle and teeth are sewn from felt, while his eyes and nose are buttons. You can find all these at the Craft Passion Shop.
Sock Beaver – Free Sewing Pattern
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Bob the sock beaver has dreams of being a world-famous architect. His one big goal in life is to build a huge auditorium for his music idol, Alan Walker, the DJ music producer who is always wearing a hoodie during his shows and famous for his song “Faded”. It would be a dream come true if he could build this magnificent structure for someone he looks up to.
Bob knows he has a long way to go to work on it. He still has to finish normal school and then, architect school and then, get real work experience, before he will be allowed to build an auditorium. But because it is his dream, he is willing to be patient and work for it. He knows it’s a long road to achieving his dreams but he knows it is what he wants, and it will be worth it in the end.
Right down, Bob, the sock beaver is sitting down by the stream, with his hoodie down, sketching on a drawing pad a futuristic home. He believes in conserving the environment he lives in, so he is designing a house with plenty of skylight for natural indoor lighting, solar panels for energy, and water filtering tanks for water recycling. He has also designed that the house is surrounded by many tall trees, so the surroundings will always remain cool. This way, Bob believes the home can keep the earth safer and cleaner longer.
Hello, I am Bob, the hoodie sock beaver, are you looking for me?
Once he is finished, he will be sending his sketch to the mayor’s office as part of a worldwide campaign to build environmentally-friendly homes. The competition invited all interested building designers and architects to send in sketches of their most creative environmentally-friendly homes. Bob the sock beaver really hopes he can win it because it means a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which has the best architectural program in the world!
Do you like my new specky look?
As he sketches, Bob dreams that one day, he, too, can go to MIT and study there. And then, finally, he can design his dream auditorium. Oh, what a wonderful dream come true that would be.
Scroll down to the tutorial below to see how to sew this cutie hoodie beaver stuffed animal by using the sock materials. There is also a free sewing pattern and template for download so making this cute sock beaver can be a little easier for you.
- Microfiber chenille sock, 1
- Plain Cotton Sock, 1
- Button eye 6mm dome-shaped, black, 2; or equivalent button (as the eyes)
- Button eye 10mm dome-shaped, black, 1; or equivalent button (as the nose)
- White felt – 1″ x 1″
- Light Brown felt, 3″ x 3″
- Brown embroidery floss
- Poly-fill stuffing material
- Sewing threads (matching colors)
- Sock Beaver Pattern Template
- Optional accessories, wire glasses, 3 3/4″ wide.
- Sewing machine. You can also hand-sew, if you prefer
- Long Sewing Needle (about 2") and pins
- Water Soluble Fabric Marker
- Blunt point tweezers
- Spray bottle filled with water
- Printer and card stock for templates
- Prepare all materials above. Always pre-washed your socks before sewing them. Turn sock right side in and iron.
- Print out the pattern, cut out the templates, and trace them on the materials. Draw pattern on the sock. Sew then cut. Turn sock pieces right side out.
- Stuff parts with poly-fill stuffing materials and sew as instructed below.
- Sew to close the opening. Massage the parts to even out the lumps of the stuffing.
- Sew muzzle, teeth, eyes, and ears to the head. Cover the head with the hood cut from chenille sock.
- Sew to form arms on the body, followed by attaching the tail. Lastly, sew the head to the body to complete the sock beaver.
Seam Allowance: give yourself approximately 1/8” or 1/4” (you need bigger seam allowance for loose-knit and thinner sock materials because they can be ripped off easily)
Tip: How To 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.
MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO SEW
BOB SOCK BEAVER
Gather the materials and tools needed to sew the sock beaver.
Print out the template and cut them out.
DRAW, SEW & CUT
Follow the Sock Beaver pattern template to trace the pieces on the socks. You might need to adjust the size of the templates a little so that they fit into your socks.
Sew and cut the pieces out from the socks.
Turn all pieces right-side out.
Turn the “sweater” piece to right-side in.
Rotate the sweater and insert the body into the sweater, align the raw edges just like the next picture.
Pin and sew around the yellow dashed line.
Turn the sweater right-side out. This is the body of the sock beaver wearing a sweater.
STUFF, SEW & ASSEMBLE
Stuff all parts with stuffing materials, except the ears.
Stuff the head very firm, shape it round.
Stuff the feet firmly and shape it round. Stuff the bottom of the body firmly and shape it round. Try to limit the stuffing at the groin line, ie. between the feet and bottom body, so that the sock beaver can sit firmly. Stuff the upper body loosely, shape it slender towards the top.
Stuff and shape the tail flat.
Sew to close all openings.
Fold the raw edges into the ear, sew to close the opening.
Fold the corners together and sew the bottom.
Repeat the same to the other ear.
Trace and cut out the muzzle and the teeth of the sock beaver from felts respectively. Muzzle needs about 1/8″ seam allowance but cut teeth without seam allowance.
Trace the muzzle template on the head.
Pin and sew the teeth at the bottom of the muzzle.
Pin the muzzle on the head, turn the raw edge in and sew around to attach the muzzle.
Pause sewing and stuff the muzzle firmly when you are about an inch away to finish the sewing.
Continue to sew to close up the opening of the muzzle.
Mark the philtrum line at the center of the muzzle and draw a vertical line down to the center of the teeth.
With 6 strands of embroidery floss and tapestry needle, knot the floss at the bottom center of the head securely, insert the needle and come out from the bottom of the muzzle. Insert the needle into the head again from the center marking of the muzzle. Pull to make a dented line that resembles the philtrum. Repeat again if necessary to add another secure stitch. End the sewing with a knot at the bottom of the head.
Sew to attach the eyes and nose to the beaver head. Pull the thread tight enough to sunken the buttons. Again, all sewings should begin and end at the bottom of the head.
Project a straight line from nose to eyes and extend it to the top of the head, this is the ear position. Pin and sew around the bottom of the ear to the head. Repeat the same to attach the other ear.
This is another view from a different angle.
Cover the head with the hood cut out from the microfiber chenille sock.
Mark the ear position on the hood.
Stretch out the knit on the marking and cut the closest strand of yarn to the marking. This is to create a hole on the hood for the ear.
Check to see if the hole is big enough, you may use your finger to stretch the hole to make it bigger. If the hole is not big enough for the ear to pass through, snip another strand of yarn next to the first one you have snipped.
Wear the hood over the ear.
If you’ve accidentally cut the hole either too big or cut at a wrong position, just mend it up with matching color thread. The chenille yarn will cover up the mistake you have made.
Repeat the same to the other ear.
Apportion the body into 4 equal widths, mark the arms of the beaver as shown in the picture. Mark the back as well.
Sew ladder stitches between these 2 lines, don’t pull the thread yet. Besides making loose sewing, leave a longer thread in between stitches along the loop.
Pull the thread gently but firmly from the long thread loop, the sock will bump up and the “arm” of the sock beaver will form.
Knot the thread.
Repeat the same to the other arm. Front view of the sock beaver.
Sew the tail to the sock beaver.
The tail is the “support” that makes the sock beaver to stand on its own without tumbling down from behind.
Place the head to the body, find the best position to your liking, be it looking straight, looking up, looking down or even looking sideways, mark the circles on the head and body respectively.
Pin and sew the attach the head to the body.
Spray the sock beaver with water to erase the blue markings. Shape it while it is still wet if needed. Set aside to let it dry.
Bob the sock beaver is sitting with his beaver brothers while waiting for their friends to come and chill together. Find out how to sew other hoodie sock animals here Sam and Rhy so Bob the sock beaver has a gang of friends!
Socks will be stretched after they are stuffed so thick socks that are close-knit make better quality sock beaver toys.
Tip: always massage the stuffing to loosen out lumps. Long tubular parts should be rolled with both hands so any lumps will be smooth, and help to make the parts longer and firmer.