We finally owned 3 sloths at home… hmmm… I mean “sock sloth” to be exact! I always wanted to own a sloth, well, not the real endangered species sloth but a sloth plushie that is huggable and less maintenance work. So, here it is, I designed and sewed a sloth plushie pattern from a pair of chenille socks. Check out the free pattern and tutorial of the sock sloth named “Smie”!
I fell in love with this sluggish slow moving little animal when I first saw a baby sloth in a documentary TV show a few years ago. Ohhhh… the eyes, the smiles, and the movements, the sloth is just too cute to handle. It moves so slow that make people want to carry it to go faster instead of letting it clawing and dragging on the ground at the speed of a snail. The sloths are vulnerable and helpless species, protection is needed for fear that they become extinct!
Sock Sloth – Free Sewing Pattern
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Smie, the sock sloth is a 16″ long animal plushie sewed from a pair of brown/khaki stripes chenille socks, or, black/gray stripes chenille socks. It has 3 toes on each limb which is made out of beige felt. Smie has a smiling face and a pair of big groggy eyes surrounded by the brown marking. Magnets can be sewn to the limbs as an option so that the sock sloth can do more poses and more fun to play with.
The 3 brothers sloth resting to conserve their energy for the next tree-dwelling adventure.
Smie loves to be snuggled in the blanket to keep him warm and secure.
Finished size: 16″ H
Download and print separately: Sock Sloth Pattern Template
Smie, the sock sloth, is a happy and contented young sloth who is a sluggish slow-moving mammal. He is very flexible and loves to do yoga and acrobats even when he is climbing up on a tree. When he needs to conserve his energy, he will snuggle with his brothers in a blanket.
1. Microfiber chenille sock, brown stripes, 1 pair
2. Button eye 9 mm, black, 2; or equivalent button (as the eyes)
3. Button eye 15 mm, black, 1; or equivalent button (as the nose)
4. White felt – 1″ x 1.5″
5. Beige felt, 3″ x 24″
6. Brown felt, 1.5″ x 5″
7. Brown embroidery floss
8. Poly-fill stuffing material
9. Super strong circle magnet, 0.5″ diameter, 4 pieces (optional)
10. Sewing threads (matching colors)
11. Sock Sloth Pattern Template
1. Sewing machine, or, you can hand-sew without a 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 a 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.
How to secure the knot
Instructions with pictures to assist in sewing Sock Sloth
Gather all the materials and tools listed above. Prewash and dry the socks before sewing.
I used a strong circle magnet instead of the black hook & loop strips (Velcro) on the left of the circular magnet. The hooks on the Velcro strips are not friendly to socks, so please do not use it for this project.
I changed the yellow embroidery floss to brown after taking this photo as brown gives a more defined line for the smiling mouth.
Download and print out the Sock Sloth Pattern Template. Make templates for the face, claws and eye markings with card stock.
Turn the socks wrong-side out and lay them flat as shown in the picture. Align and pin the stripes if you are using stripe chenille socks. Trace the template on socks and felts respectively. Cut out the felt pieces for face and eye markings. Leave the balance of the beige felt for the claws and follow the instruction after the next step.
Sew the socks according to the red dashed lines shown in the templates to make head, arms, body, and legs of your sock sloth. Cut the pieces out according to the blue lines. Keep the balance of the sock pieces to wrap the magnets if you are opting for them.
To ease the work of the sewing up the 12 claws, I traced only 12 claws (instead of 24 stated in the template) and lay the balance of the felt under it, sew around on the traced line of the claws except the opening.
Cut the claws out with about 1/16″ seam allowance.
Stuff them firmly with Poly-fill stuffing material. Note: fill the tip of the claw before stuff it fully.
Note that the claws of the sock sloth are arched. In order to make sure that the claws are arched in the correct way before you insert them into the opening of the legs and sew (next instruction), check this: with the body and legs piece still at wrong-side out position, and, with back facing upward, place the arched claws on the leg with claw-tip arching up (like an upright bowl).
Turn head, arms and body pieces right-side out, stuff them with poly-fill stuffing materials until they are firm and dense at the lower arms, lower body, and legs. Lightly firm at the upper arms and upper body.
Stuff and shape the head round.
Sew to close the openings.
Massage and roll the parts with both hands to smooth out the lumps of the poly-fill stuffing materials and shaping the parts nicely.
Place the face felt piece on the head (on the toe part of the sock), slightly lower from the center of the head. Sew it on.
Place the white eye felt pieces on the markings as shown in the template, pin or make a small stitch at the top curve. Sew to attach the black eye button at the top half of the white eye. Repeat the same to attach the other eye.
Draft 2 same size circles at the bottom of the head and at the top of the body respectively, these are the stitching lines to join the head to the body. Keep the circle small so that the head can be easily turn around.
Optional: install magnets on the palms and feet.
Cut the sock materials into a circle larger than the magnet.
Wrap on the magnet and sew.
Trim off the excessive sock and neaten it.
Place it on the palm or foot, sew around to attach it.
Repeat the other 3 magnets installation. Take note of the polarity of the magnets and pair them correctly in order for the palms and feet to attract to each other.
Sock Sloth with magnets is able to do more poses and more fun to play with. In addition to the pose of hand and feet clinch to each other, here are some of the examples of other poses it can do. You can even stick the sock sloth on the metal material, like fridge door or metal drawing board, for other fun play and display.