How To Sew Sock Skeleton Doll
I think this is the most spooky cute handmade I have ever made … ha ha ha… Even I feel eerie watching them sitting there… Welcome the Mr. & Mrs. Sock Skeleton!!! Let them startle your guests when they come for trick or treating!!! You might be interested to make the pumpkin and the spider from pom-pom as well and set them up in a corner of your doorstep, and
I was searching for Halloween decoration ideas when I stumbled upon Martha Stewart’s website and found the basic sock skeleton (aka the Mr. Sock Skeleton), I love the idea and it seems pretty easy to sew too. I always wanted to sew a sock doll after seeing Brenda’s guest tutorial on the sock kitty. This sock skeleton is the perfect one for me to try out at this moment, in preparing for the upcoming Halloween.
So, there I was, cast my first trial, it was really an easy-peasy job. I got it done pretty fast even though it was just my first try (the video on Martha’s site was really awesome, thanks to Martha!!!). I was overjoyed and couldn’t wait to share it, so I took a quick photo and shared it on my Facebook page. On the very first glimpse, I can feel that Mr. Sock Skeleton was so lonely sitting on the ladder by himself… oh poor guy… that’s where I got the idea to make a companion for him, Mrs. Sock Skeleton 🙂 Get the tutorial and how to …
By the way, before jumping to the how-to, I have a story to tell…. There was an eerie thing during the process of sewing Mrs. Sock Skeleton… no, no, she didn’t stand up, walk or dance in the middle of the night when I left her in my craft room, LOL!!! Do you think she looks similar to the late “King Of Pop” who debuted his famous moonwalk dance? No? imagine again if her hair is black…. eweee… I intended to sew her black hair, but I changed it to orangy brown because it really chilled me out, also, I don’t want her to look like my favorite pop idol, he is an “HE” not a “SHE”!
How To Sew Sock Skeleton Doll
1. A pair of plain White Athletic Sock
2. Black felt
3. White buttons, 4 holes (about 1/2″, 2 pcs.)
4. Black buttons, 4 holes (smaller than white, 2 pcs.)
5. Embroidery Floss, black and red
6. Poly-fill or kapok
7. Brown yarn
8. Cardboard (8″ x 6″)
9. Masking tape
10. Tracing (thin) paper
11. Fat Eighth Fabric
13. 1/4″ elastic band
1. Sewing Machine
2. Coordinating color sewing threads
3. Sewing and tapestry needles
6. Ruler & pencil
7. Fabric marker
Read and get the instruction & printout of sewing the male skeleton from Martha Stewart’s website.
I followed everything told in the instructions for Mr. Skeleton, but alter a little for Mrs. Skeleton’s body.
Prepare the above materials and tools.
Follow the instruction to sew the body, legs, and arms of the skeleton. Remember to turn the socks inside out and sew on the wrong side.
Cut along the cutting lines for the body and limbs. Turn the socks right side out. For the body, turn it right-side-out from the small hole between the body and the upper legs. Turn slowly and don’t overstretch the sock’s knits at the opening.
Stuff with poly-fill or kapok until firm. Stitch up all openings.
Sew Doll Hair
Cut cardboard to 8″ x 6″, mark the center line and 4″ width lines.
Tuck the yarn near the centerline with masking tape. Wind along the 8″ length until you are satisfied with the hair thickness for your Mrs. Skeleton. I made about 3-4 layers of windings. Tuck the yarn end and cut. This is the back of the cardboard with windings of yarns.
Turn to front. Slide a small piece of tracing paper between the yarns and the cardboard.
Place the masking tape on top of them, press to make the yarns stick to it. Make sure the yarn didn’t go beyond the 4″ limit.
Turn to the back and cut the yarn apart at the centerline. Take the cardboard away. Smooth out the hair which is still sandwich between the masking tape and tracing paper.
Use the closest thread color to the hair, machine sew along the centerline with small stitch length. I used slightly less than 1 (out of 4) on my Singer sewing machine.
Carefully tear away the masking tape. Do it slowly to avoid tearing away and spoiling the yarn.
Rip away the tracing paper too.
Now you have the half-done body and the hair. Cut 2 circles (slightly bigger than the white button) from the black felt.
Use a few strands of white threads, wrap a few rounds and strangle on the neckline of the doll, tie firmly. Hey! she has a head now 🙂
Sew the limbs to the body.
Sew the black felt circles to the face with blanket stitch, then stack the combi of the white and black button and sew onto it. Sew the eyelashes.
Make a stitch on one side of the cheek, penetrate the needle from the cheek into the head to the other side of the cheek, pull, and tug to create a deep “dimple” on the cheek. Repeat the same to the other cheek.
Sew the lips with red embroidery floss (6 strands) from dimple to dimple. Dab a small dot of glue to set the placement of the lip’s shape.
Sew ribs as per instruction in Martha’s site.
Fold a small portion (about 1/2″) of the hair inwards in order to make the forehead hair a little thicker.
Place the hair on the doll head.
Pin it in place.
Sew with backstitches along the machine-sewn line with the same yarn.
This is how it looks after finish sewing the hair to the head.
Tuck a few stitches near the ear area to hold some of the hair in place to the side.
Brush some red/pink blush on her cheek.
Almost done! Just need to sew a dress for her to wear, she can’t go naked, right?
Cut 4 triangles. Place 2 pieces right side together, sew the 2 slant sides, turn right side out from the base. Press. Fold the base seam allowances into the triangle and top-stitch around. Repeat the same for another triangle.
Cut 2 lengths of 8″ (shoulder straps) and 1 length of 10″ (under-bust strap) ribbon. Sew the triangles to the shoulder and under-bust straps respectively.
Cut a 4″ x 18″ rectangle fabric for the skirt. Join at the 4″ edge. Fold 1/4″ at the bottom hem and sew. Fold 1/2″ top hem and sew, leave a 1″ opening for elastic band entry. Join the band and close the opening.
Put on the dress and if you can find some spider buttons, sew them onto her tummy and thigh. I just love her spider tattoo!
Hi!!! Mrs. Skeleton!!!