How To Sew Sock Sheep
Finished size: Upright – 5″ (W) x 12″ (H), Stay down – 12″ (L) x 6″ (H)
1. Sock (crew length), microfiber fuzzy, adult size, solid color, single
2. Sock (crew length), cotton or wool, adult size, solid color, single
3. Button eye 8mm dome-shaped, black, 2; or equivalent button
4. Crochet lace thread or Embroidery floss, pink
5. Poly-fill stuffing material
6. Sewing threads (matching colors)
7. Jingle bell and yarn or string
8. Sock sheep template
1. Sewing machine or, you can hand-sew without a machine
2. Long sewing needle (about 2″), tapestry needle and pins
3. Erasable fabric marker
5. Blunt point tweezers or an awl
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.
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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.
Upright Sock Sheep
Get ready all necessary materials and tools as listed above.
The poly-suffing material display in the picture is only a sample, you will need more than this.
1. Cut 5″ from the toes part on a plain sock to make the head.
2. Stuff with poly-stuffing material until it is about the size of a fist.
3. Sew running stitch 1/4″ from the edge, pull to close the opening. Push the raw edges into the head. It is alright if the gap is not completely close.
4. Insert the beige sock ball into the pink microfiber sock. Pull tight so that the sock is deep in the toe part and stretched out. Cut the sock equal or slightly smaller that the beige sock ball.
1. Draft a circle slightly smaller that the beige sock ball, as shown.
2. Fold the raw edge up at the circle line and stitch to the beige sock ball. Make sure the raw edge is caught in the thread so that it won’t stray out from the head.
3. Make the ear indentation on the side of the head, slightly higher than middle of the head, as shown.
4. Use 4 strands of thread, make a few stitch across the head to the opposite and pull to create the dent. The head will turn into an oval shape.
Mark the eye positions, it is at the same level as the ear indentation. Draft the nose with the erasable marker too; first, draw a vertical line at the center of the face, 1″ from the pink sock. Then draw 2 slant lines extended from the eye to create a V shape.
Stitch the button eyes on the respective marking.
First, you sew to attach 1 eye, knot. Insert the needle back to the face and come out from another eye marking, pull to sunken the first eye and indent the second eye placement, knot.
Sew the second eye at the indentation, knot then bring the needle out from the first eye, knot again.
1. Sew nose with crochet lace thread or embroidery floss (use all 6 strands). Tie the thread at the bottom of the head. Insert the needle into the head come out from point 1 and go in at point 2.
2. Come out at point 3.
3. Place the horizontal thread under point 3, needle go in at point 4 and come out at the starting point. Pull slightly to create a a V-shape nose.
4. Repeat the process again if you wish to make a more defined nose.
This is how it looks like with eyes and nose done.
Set the head aside.
Cut the socks as shown in the picture.
For beige sock – The top 2/5 part is for arms and the 3/5 part is for legs. The heel part is for ears and tail.
For pink microfiber sock – the ankle part is for legs and the foot part is for arms.
1 & 2. With right side facing each other and raw edge aligned together, sew the beige and microfiber sock together for the legs and arms parts respectively.
3. Flatten the arm and leg parts with wrong side out, align the seam lines of both layers and pin them together. Draw the outline for the legs, arms, ears and tails on the sock. Get larger picture here.
4. Sew along the drawn lines. The join is thick to sew, sew slowly and carefully, use an awl to press the microfiber down to reduce the thickness so that it is easier for the presser foot to get over.
1. Cut all pieces out with at least 1/8″ seam allowance.
2. Turn all pieces right side out.
3. Stuff body until it is firmed at the leg part and gradually reduce the firmness towards to top. Sew running stitch to close the top.
4. Stuff arms until the beige part is firmed, add a little poly-stuffing material to the pink part. Sew to close the arms. Stuff the tail firmly and sew to close the opening. Set aside.
1. Stuff very small amount of poly-stuffing material to the ears, Sew to close the opening.
2. Fold the ears to half and sew along the base and a bit on the side.
3. Repeat to make 2 ears.
4. Place the ears to the indentation position, with the ears pointing down, pin and sew around. Repeat the same to the other ears. Eyeballing the position and pointing direction of the ears so that they come out to be identical.
A completed sheep head with ears attached to it.
Sew the head to the body, then arms to the position between the head and body.
Finally the tail at the back of the body.
Tie a jingle bell to the neck of the sock sheep to complete a cute and adorable soft toy sheep.
Stay Down Sock Sheep
It is similar to the upright sock sheep, except that there is no splitting for arms and legs on the microfiber sock.
1. Follow the instruction of the upright sock sheep, except the microfiber of the body. Don’t cut to split it but cut a small opening at the heel for turning inside out in the later stage.
2. Join the plain sock to the microfiber as shown. Align and pin layers together, draw and sew the stay down body.
3 & 4. Turn the sock right side out from the small opening at the heel and stuff. Sew to close the opening.
Sew to attach the head to the body. Tie a jingle bell to the neck to complete the stay down sock sheep.
Play around with different sock colors and patterns to create a flock of them.
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