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 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 eyes)
3. Button eye 15 mm, black, 1; or equivalent button (as 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 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.
Gather all the materials and tools listed above. Prewash and dry the socks before sewing.
I used 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 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.
Pin the claws together as shown in the picture and sew according to the red zig-zag lines.
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).
Take the claws and insert into the opening of the leg, align and sew to join the claws to the leg. Repeat these 2 steps to the other leg.
Sew the claws to the arms too.
Turn the body right-side out and this is how the claws are supposed to be when seeing the sock sloth from the front.
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.
Place the brown eye marking on the face, with the bottom half of the white and button eye exposed through the slit cut. Pin and sew around with brown thread or embroidery floss.
Stitch a line along the top to create a double eyelid for the sock sloth and give it a relax and take-it-easy look.
Sew the nose button on and embroidery the smiling mouth to the face to complete the head of the sock sloth.
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.
Sew around to join the head to the body.
Sew to attach the arms to the body to complete the sock sloth.
Spray water to the completed sock sloth to erase all the water-soluble marker’s mark.
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.