Another stuffed animal plush toy free sewing pattern and tutorial has just added to Craft Passion, please welcome… Nadir the Sock Narwhal.
The Sock Narwhal or Sock Unicorn Whale is sewed from a piece of adult ankle sock (a pair can make 2 whales), a scrap sock fabric (or scrap knit fabric) with rainbow stripes, a pair of button eyes and yellow embroidery floss, it is then stuffed by the polyester filling material to hold its shape. The length of this sock narwhal is roughly 9″ long from head to tail, excluding the horn. For your ease of sewing, along with the details of the instruction, I have also included the pattern template.
Sock Narwhal – Free Sewing Pattern
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After 9 months of being away from sock sewing toys, I am back with a Sock Narwhal. I hope I didn’t make you waited too long for this new pattern. There are a few sock animal toys being lined up to share with everyone at Craft Passion, please stay tuned. This Sock Narwhal is the 20th sock animal toys I have designed for Craft Passion, you may find more free patterns and tutorials of sock animal toys to sew, over here.
I hope you enjoy sewing up the Sock Narwhal. Happy Sewing!!!
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- Sewing machine or, you can hand-sew without a machine
- Long Sewing Needle (about 2"), tapestry needle and pins
- Water Soluble Fabric Marker
- Blunt point tweezers or an awl
- Printer and letter size cardstock
- Spray bottle filled with water
- Prepare all materials above. Always pre-washed your socks before sewing them. Turn sock right side in and iron.
- Print out the pattern, cut out the templates, and trace them on the intended materials. Sew then cut the pieces out from the sock. Turn sock pieces right side out.
- Stuff parts with poly-fill stuffing materials.
- Massage the parts to even out the lumps of the stuffing.
- Sew to attach tail and fins to the sock narwhal.
- Sew button eyes followed by attaching the unicorn horn to the forehead of the sock narwhal.
- Hand embroiders the lip line with yellow floss to complete the sock narwhal.
Seam Allowance: give yourself approximately 1/8” or 1/4” (you need bigger seam allowance for loose-knit and thinner sock materials because they can be ripped off easily)
MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO SEW
NADIR SOCK NARWHAL
Download and print out the Sock Narwhal template on a letter-size cardstock. Cut out the paper templates from the cardstock.
Gather the materials and tools needed to sew the sock narwhal. In this tutorial, we are showing the method of using an ankle-length sock to sew the sock narwhal, however, you can always use socks of crew length to sew.
Remove the stitches at the ribbing area of the ankle sock and release the folded cuff.
Turn the sock inside out, flatten and lay the sock as shown in the picture, align the stripes pattern so that they are symmetrical in both top and bottom layers. Pin.
Trace the templates on the sock as shown in the picture with a water-soluble fabric marker. Since not all socks are made with the same size, you will need to adjust and hand sketch the template on the sock if necessary.
TRACE, SEW, CUT & STUFF
Sew on the traced line with either using sewing machine or hand stitch.
Cut out the sock pieces with approx. 1/8″ – 1/4″ seam allowance.
Stuff the pieces with adequate poly-fill stuffing material, massage and shape it nicely. Take note that the head of the Sock Narwhal is round.
Top view of all the parts after stuffed with the filling material, massaged and shaped.
It is easier to use sock’s material or knit fabric for the unicorn horn due to its long and narrow shape. However, stuffing could be challenging to retain the uniformity, so make sure to stuff it bit by bit and give it a good massage to prevent the lumpy bumpy appearance.
A pair of blunt point tweezers will be of good help to insert the stuffing material into smaller parts like the tail, fins, and the horn.
ATTACH TAIL & FINS
Sew to attach the tail to the body by using ladder stitch or slip stitch. Make a few loose stitches on the marking lines between the 2 parts before pulling the thread tight to bring them together. Repeat the sewing until you have completed the round and securely attach the tail to the body of the sock narwhal.
The look of the seam line between the body and the tail.
Mark the position of the flipper fins under the body of it. About 3.5″ across the body horizontally depending on the size of your actual whale, you may be eyeballing the positions if you prefer.
Sew to close the opening of the fin.
Sew to attach the fin to the body by ladder stitch, sew around the part that is in contact with the body.
Repeat the same to the other fin.
This is how the sock narwhal looks like after the fins are attached. Mark the position of the eyes.
SEW EYES, HORN & LIP
Sew to add the domed button eyes to the sock narwhal, pull the thread tight between the eyes to sink them into the body.
Attach the unicorn horn to the forehead of the sock narwhal by sewing around with ladder stitch.
Lastly, outline the mouth with yellow lace thread or embroidery floss.
Spray it with water to erase all the visible blue marking, leave it to dry.
If you aligned and pinned the sock properly especially at the sewing line, the stripes will line up nicely at the seam.
Get the Sock Shark pattern & tutorial and make a companion for the Sock Narwhal so that it won’t feel lonely to be alone in the sea.
Socks will be stretched after they are stuffed so thick socks that are close-knit make better quality sock narwhal toys.
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Tip: always massage the stuffing to loosen out lumps. Long tubular parts should be rolled with both hands so any lumps will be smooth, and help to make the parts longer and firmer.