Just realized that I haven’t done any sock doll for more than a year, wow, how time flies!!! A while ago I received a message from a reader who is looking for Sock Elephant Pattern, I feel bad that I have to answer her “Sorry, I do not have at the meantime” but now I am happy to answer her “YES, YES, YES, here it is!!!”. I can get excited every time I share a new pattern and tutorial, as I know that there is someone out there looking for it!
Just like all my sock doll designs, this sock elephant pattern doesn’t come easy. I have made 3 funny looking sock elephants before I am completely pleased with this pattern. Through the design process, I have gone through, I’ve learned that the ears of the elephant must be big enough to bring out the feature of an elephant. In order not to waste the sock material, I was trying to use up all from a pair of socks to sew the sock elephant, with that in mind I have to compromise with the size of the ears of the elephant, that was a huge, huge, huge mistake where I end up with a sock animal that looks like rate but with long nose . Therefore, I have to give in to use other fabrics to make up the big ears. Tada….. that’s the sock elephant I want, Ella, the Sock Elephant.
The pattern comes in 2 options, short legs sock elephant and long legs sock elephant. The short legs sock elephant is sewn from a pair of ankle socks while the long legs sock elephant is sewn from a pair of crew socks. The ears of the short legs sock elephant are full fabric while the long legs sock elephant has a half fabric ears (another half is from sock material). Another difference between these two versions is the size of the toes, short legs sock elephant has a smaller toe size which is made of white felt.
Sock Elephant -Free Sewing Pattern
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The sock elephant is about 10″ high if sew from an adult sock. Some socks yield bigger doll and some smaller, the size also depends on the amount of stuffing you put in. Besides adult sock, you may also use toddler or baby socks. The picture below shows the toddler sock elephant and baby sock elephant which were sewed from toddler and baby socks respectively. If you are using plain socks to sew the sock elephant, you may add a patterned sock as the shirt of the sock elephant before sewing up the arms (just like what I did for the gray sock elephant below).
The color of the socks brings personality to the sock elephant, at times you will be surprised and get amused by how the sock elephant turns out. It happens to me all the time, this time I laughed out loud to see my sock elephant with chickenpox infection, that’s when I used a red polka-dot on cream base to sew, so choose your sock carefully. I especially love the black/ blue with white stripes sock elephant below, the color makes me feel calm and the little feet are so cute.
Hope you having fun time sewing Ella the sock elephant! Ping me (via the contact form) with your photos of sock elephant after you have done it.
Finished size: 10″ H
Download and print separately: Sock Elephant Pattern Template
Ella, the sock elephant is an easy-going elephant. It has a calm personality and no-big-deal on almost everything. Ella loves to tuck it’s hand into the pocket and stroll slowly in the park, watching the little ones playing while enjoying the peaceful life around.
1. Sock, ankle-length or crew length, 1 pair
2. Button eye 8mm dome-shaped, black, 2; or equivalent button
3. White felt – 1.5″ x 1.5″ if use ankle socks, 2.5″ x 2.5″ if use crew socks
4. Fabrics, 5″ x 4″ – 4 pcs if use ankle socks, 2 pcs if use crew socks
5. Poly-fill stuffing material
6. Sewing threads (matching colors)
7. Sock Elephant Pattern Template
1. Sewing machine, or, you can hand-sew without a machine
2. Long sewing needle (about 2″), tapestry needle and pins
3. Water Soluble Fabric Marker
5. Blunt point tweezers
6. Spray bottle filled with water
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.
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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.
Instructions with pictures to assist in sewing Sock Elephant
Gather the materials and tools needed to sew the sock elephant. You can use socks of ankle-length or crew length to sew.
Crew length is longer so you can sew the sock elephant with longer legs. Beside longer legs, the crew length sock will have enough materials to sew one facing of the ears with sock material.
Whilst, ankle-length will yield a cute little foot and full fabric of ears for the sock elephant.
Both pictures above show how to trace your sock elephant pattern on the ankle and crew socks respectively. The Sock Elephant Pattern Template has the ankle-length template but it includes the templates for the toe (big and small) as well. You can easily adapt the pattern for the crew length. Not all socks are made with the same width and length, you will need to adjust and hand sketches the template on the sock with a water-soluble fabric marker. Red dashed line is the sewing line, while the blue line is the cutting line.
Sew the socks before cutting with a seam allowance of 1/8″ – 1/4″. Those marked with “X” are to be trashed away or keep as a stash for your next sock doll sewing project.
[Top] Fold the ear into halve to get the centerline, then fold 1/3 mark to the center to form the pleat (as shown in the picture).
[Bottom] Sew the bottom to secure the pleat that formed the shape of the ear.
Stuff the nose first followed by the head. Also, stuff the feet then the body.
[update:] In order for the elephant to sit on its own, do not stuff the groin line (between the legs and the body), massage to separate the stuffing material at that area. Once the legs are able to bend, the elephant will sit on its own.
Make sure the stuffing is firm and shapeable.
Pull the needle from another eye marking to sink the button eye deep into the head, deeper than what you prefer. Knot the thread on the marking before sewing the second button eye. The second eye will sink into the head as well due to the tension of the thread. Sew the thread back to the first eye and knot, this is to further secure the indentation of the eye.