Can you believe it, I sewed another sock bunny for the Easter!!! After the 2 versions of sock bunnies (this and this) I did 2 years ago by using a single sock, this year, I decided to sew a bigger version of sock bunny (14″ tall) which is more cuddly and huggable. Kids will love the size and the long lop ears of Lilac, the Sock Lop Eared Bunny has.
I am so hooked on designing and sewing sock toys. The inspirations just hit me while I am sewing: “Hey, I can sew a lion if I put up the mane here; use an extra sock to make the long ears for the lop ear bunny; If I shape the sock-like this, it can become a penguin, and owl… etc.” I hope the ideas continue to flow in and allow me to create more sock dolls to share.
Sock dolls aren’t hard to sew as you might think of. With the knit property of the sock, it is easy to manipulate. The tedious part is how to sew a straight and neat stitch which plays a big role to determine the workmanship of your handmade. I was once a newbie, my stitches weren’t decent looking when I started to sew my first sock doll. Your sewing skill improves over time with more practice. Perhaps you don’t know before I am able to come out with a decent looking creation and to develop it into pattern and tutorial for sharing, I need to make a few test pieces to find out which one has the best style in my eyes. There are a lot of hard-works you don’t see me working on; lots of late nights, lots of trial & error and of course producing lots of not-so-decent looking test pieces. Nevertheless… I completely enjoy every moment of the making with no complaint and no whining. The biggest motivation you will have at the very moment you’ve just finished a sock doll with your full effort, you will feel proud of yourself as you know someone will love it because it is handmade by you and they can’t find the second piece that looks the same as this!!! Don’t hesitate, pick some socks and start sewing!
Happy sock doll sewing!!!
Sock Lop Eared Bunny
Difficulty: Intermediate / Avid Beginner
Finished size: approximately 7″ (W) x 14″ (H)
1. Sock (crew length), colored, 1 pair
2. Sock (ankle length), matching or contrasting color, 1
3. Safety eye 5/8″ [15mm], black, 2; or button; or felt
4. Poly-fill stuffing material
5. Embroidery floss, maroon pink
6. Sewing threads (matching colors)
7. Ribbon, 2 ft
1. Sewing machine (optional, you can hand-sew without a machine)
2. Sewing needle (prefer long, about 2″) and pins
3. Erasable fabric marker
5. Blunt point tweezers
Seam Allowance: approx. 1/8 – 1/4″ (thinner sock material need to have bigger seam allowance as the loose-knit can be ripped off easily.)
In order to make different sizes of sock bunnies, you may use different sizes of socks, ie, baby socks, toddler sock, ladies sock, etc….
Since the sock is stretched after stuffed, thick sock yields better quality than a thin sock.
Gather all the necessary tools and materials as listed above.
I used a pair of crew length grey-lilac woolen sock and a single ankle-length matching purple cotton sock.
The ankle sock is slightly smaller than the crew length sock, but it is fine as long as it is not bigger.
Turn your socks wrong side out, press flat as shown in the picture.
If your sock has a pattern like stripes or lines, match both layers and pin them together.
Cut out the heel part from one of the socks, then split it into 2, as shown in the picture (left sock).
Sketch the pattern of legs and arms on both socks.
Sew on the lines and cut. You need to cut a little longer into the heel between the legs. That extra cut will become the opening for the turning and the stuffing.
a.) To sew the long lop ears for the sock bunny, get the foot piece of both main and matching socks.
b.) Align and press flat on the side. Cut into 2 pieces each.
c.) Sketch a teardrop shape on the wrong side of the main sock, with about 1″ opening on the top. Pin the matching sock with it with the right side facing each other. You will need to stretch the matching sock a little if the size is smaller.
d.) Sew on the sketch lines and cut. Turn right side out. You will find that the earpieces will curve into the smaller matching sock.
a.) Turn all pieces right side out. If the opening in between the legs is too small, snip a little to make it bigger so that your thumb can go in. Don’t cut too big because of the material the stretchy, a little cut will make a lot bigger opening.
b.) Stuff the head rounder, then body and legs. Stuff the arms too. Give them some massage to release the lumps and unevenness of the poly fiber.
c.) Sew the opening between the legs with slip or ladder stitch, don’t pull the thread yet until you have finished sewing to the end. This is to make the stitches straighter and neater.
d.) Push the raw edges in and pull the thread to close the opening. Knot the thread and hide it in the body.
a.) Turn the raw edges of the arms in and sew up the opening.
b.) Position the arms on the body (slightly below the head) and pin.
c.) Slip stitch around to attach the arms to the body.
d.) Repeat the same to the other arm.
a.) Trim the heel part of the sock to an ellipse shape. Sew running stitch along the raw edge. Pull halfway and stuff.
b.) Pull the thread tight and knot.
c.) Pin and sew the tail to the back of the body.
a.) Cut a small piece from a scrap of the matching sock, about 1″ x 1/2″ to make the nose. Trim it to ellipse shape.
b.) Sew running stitch around.
c.) Pull the thread and push the raw edges in with blunt tweezers to gather the sock into a small ball.
d.) Sew a few stitches to bring the little nose into shape.
a.) Embroidery the philtrum with maroon pink floss, by using branch stitches. knot the floss at the eyes marking so that the knots can be hidden away once the button eyes are sewn.
b.) Sew the button eye on the marking. Let the needle come out from the other eye’s marking.
c.) Sew another eye, pull the thread to make the eyes set in.
d.) Depend on how deep you want the eyes to set in, pull the thread according. Knot and cut.