For over 6 years since I started to design and make the first stuffed animal softie by using socks, this sock puppy (Pug breed) is my 23rd sock animal pattern and tutorial. It is fun to make cute things out of a pair of socks and shared the free pattern and tutorial via Craft Passion, though the journey is not easy I thoroughly enjoy the process. (Click here to view my other design of sock animal patterns & tutorials.)
Sock Pug Puppy – Free Sewing Pattern
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I have been wanting to design a canine theme sock animal for quite some time. Just happen to coincide with the year of Dog this year, I told myself not to procrastinate the plan anymore, so here is the Sock Puppy in Pug breed, I named it Puggie.
Puggie is about 8 inches tall, sewn from a pair of microfiber chenille socks, scraps of white and brown felts, a pair of button eyes, button nose and yellow embroidery floss, it is then stuffed by the polyester filling material to hold its shape. For your ease of sewing, along with the details of the instruction, a pattern template is also included below. Besides the sock pug puppy, I have also included the dog bone template which you can sew to match up with the sock pug puppy.
If you have difficulties in getting the right type of socks color and material to sew, you can get them from Craft Passion Shop. I only have a small quantity in stock, just in the hope to provide material support to those who need it. Due to a lot of restriction, I do not plan to grow the shop too big as my passion is still on design and sharing the pattern and tutorial of handmade crafts, however, I will do my best to provide good support.
In most of my craft designs, I will make a test piece and fine-tune all the little details. Until I am fully happy with the outcome, I will proceed to the next stage which is to sew another one and develop the documentation materials for the pattern and tutorial that you are reading in the tutorial page. The materials include shooting the steps photo as I am progressing, draft down important notes to be highlighted in the instruction area. All these details are not done in hours but in days. Lots of photos to be chosen and processed, create templates of the pattern electronically and lastly putting everything together in the written words. Yes, very time consuming but the hard work gets rewarded when I receive a good response from the supportive reader like you.
I hope you like the Puggie sock puppy as much as I do and looking forward to seeing you sewing it with love and passion.
Pug With Dog Bone
Finished size: approx. 8″ tall
Download and print separately: Sock Pug Puppy Template
Make: 1 sock pug puppy
1. Microfiber chenille socks, Brown, or Khaki, 1 pair
2. Button eye 15 mm, black, 3; or equivalent button (as eyes and nose)
3. White felt – 1″ x 2″
4. Brown felt, 2.5″ x 5″, 3.5″ x 2.5″
5. Yellow embroidery floss
6. Pipe Cleaner
7. Poly-fill stuffing material
8. Sewing threads (matching colors)
9. Sock Pug Puppy Template
Make: 1 Dog Bone
1. Fabric, 7″ x 7″
2. Poly-fill stuffing material
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 the thinner sock.
Click here to shop for other microfiber chenille socks to sew Puggie Sock Puppy
Always massage the stuffing to loosen the lumps. Roll any long tubular parts with both palms to smooth out the lumps, it will also help to make the parts longer and firmer.
How To Sew Sock Puppy
Download and print out the Sock Pug Puppy Template on a letter size cardstock. Cut out the paper templates from the cardstock.
Gather all the materials and tools listed above to start sewing the Sock Puppy.
Remove the elastic bands at the cuff edge of the socks if necessary.
Turn the sock inside out, flatten and lay the sock as shown in the picture. Pin.
Trace the sock puppy templates on the sock as shown in the picture with a water-soluble fabric marker, or, you may use a silver permanent marker to lightly trace the line on the darker color socks.
The body of the pug puppy is connected to the legs as 1 piece, only the leg template is given in the pattern template. Place the leg template on the sock to trace both legs. Trim off about half inch from the cuff edge to make the body.
Since not all socks are made in the same size, sometimes you might need to adjust and hand sketch the template on the sock if needed.
Sew along the solid traced lines (except earpieces) with either using a sewing machine or hand stitch.
Cut out the sock pieces with approx. 1/8″ – 1/4″ seam allowance. Felt pieces (except ears) do not need any seam allowance, just cut them out following the traced lines.
Cut ear pieces from felt with allowance only on the 2 slant sides, the bottom doesn’t need seam allowance. Placed the felt earpieces on the sock, pin and sew along the solid traced line. Cut out with approx 1/8″ – 1/4″.
Turn all pieces right side out and stuff the body, arms, and head with adequate poly-fill stuffing material, massage and shape it nicely. A pair of blunt point tweezers will be of good help to insert the stuffing material into smaller parts like the tail and the arms.
For the body, stuff both legs densely to make them round and firm.
Then stuff the lower body densely, slowly reduce the density as you fill. Shape the body into a pear shape.
If you want to make the sock puppy that can sit on its own, do not fill the upper part of the legs that link to the body. By doing this, the legs are able to bend better. Also, shaping the bottom of the body flat with a bigger base will help the sock puppy to sit properly on its own.
Sew to gather the raw edge and close the top opening once you have done the stuffing and shaping.
After I took this picture, I added a big ‘cross’ at the abdominal as the belly button of the sock puppy.
Stuff the arms densely at the front tip, slowly reduce the density towards the opening. Sew to gather the raw edge and to close the opening.
Shape the arm by rolling it with both palms to make it round at the tip and slender towards the opening.
The left arm in the picture is before shaping, the right arm in the picture is shaped.
Do not stuff the ears. Just fold in the raw edge of the sock side, whip stitches it to the felt side to close the opening.
Fold the pipe cleaners into a third then twist the strands together. Insert it into the tail.
Fold in the raw edges, slip stitch them to close the opening.
Stuff the head densely with the stuffing material. Sew to gather the raw edge and to close the opening.
Shape the head to a round shape. The head should be slightly bigger than the bottom of the body for cuteness proportion.
I placed 2 pins at the endpoints of the toe seamline as a reference point when I need to place the parts on the face. The toe seamline is facing the back.
Place the muzzle piece onto the lower half of the head. Pin.
Starting from the bottom, sew around the muzzle, leaving about 1/2″ opening. After that, stuff the muzzle with stuffing material densely through the opening until the muzzle is raised.
Continue to sew to close the opening.
Sketch the crease line and sew stitches across the crease line and the edge of the muzzle, as shown in the picture.
Always leave longer thread (loop) in between the stitches so that you can pull the thread to tighten the stitches stage by stage.
Once the stitches are tightened, it will form a bump that resembles the nose crease of the pug puppy.
In order to make the nose crease more obvious, insert the needle straight into the head before bringing it up to the opposite line. This way, it will catch more stuffing between the lines and hence make the nose crease fuller and prominent.
This is how the nose crease line looks like after the sewing is done.
Sew the mouth with yellow embroidery floss as shown.
When necessary, always begin and start the sewing from the bottom of the head where you can hide the knots at the part that is going to join to the body.
Sew on a 15mm black button as a nose.
Place the white felt eyes and make a few stitches with white thread to secure the position. Followed by sewing on the 15mm black buttons as the eyes. Please note that pug has wide eyes, which means there is more white at the center between both eyes, thus, sew the button at the outmost position of the white felt to create this effect.
Next step is to attach the ears to head.
Placed the ear just slightly over the toe seamline, if you look carefully at the picture, you will see the green pin is there to make the point I mentioned before.
Sew around the bottom of the ear that is touching the head. Repeat the same to the other ear and make sure they are balanced in appearance.
I purposely position the ear in the way that it shows the brown felt on the outside because pug has a darker color at the outside of the ears. But it is not wrong to do it the other way round, just like I did for the dark brown sock puppy.
If you want to make a more wrinkly pug puppy, add another crease fold on the forehead.
Sketch a pair of wide ‘V’ lines of about 0.5″ to 0.75″ in between.
Sew them with the same technique as the nose crease.
This completes the head part.
Put all parts together and sew them up one by one.
First, sew the head to the body, then sew the 2 arms in between them.
Turn the sock puppy over to sew the tail to the back of the body.
Twist the tail to make a curled tail.
You may tack the ears of the sock puppy by making some stitches at the tip of the ear so that the ear stick to the head.
Spray the sock puppy with water to erase all the visible blue marking if needed, leave it to dry.
Fold the fabric into halve with right side facing each other.
Trace the dog bone template on the wrong side of the fabric.
Sew 2 layers together and leaving a 1″ opening at the center of the bone.
Trim the seam allowance to about 1/4″, clip into the seam allowance along the curve, being very careful to not clip into your seam.
Turn the dog bone right side out from the opening. Smooth out the curve and the seam.
Stuff it up firmly then sew to close the opening.
Spray the dog bone with water to erase all the visible blue marking if needed, leave it to dry. The dog bone is done.