Another new sock animal’s pattern and tutorial has been added into Craft Passion’s library….. Meet Ruki the Sock Raccoon. Ruki is well-known to have a stripy chenille fur coat, a chubby face with trademarked dark circles around the eyes, and a big bushy tail. Ruki loves to play with anything that it is in globe shape especially glass marbles.
Sock Raccoon – Free Sewing Pattern
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Ruki appears in various colors, be it gray or brown stripes, it is the Ruki the Sock Raccoon. It is about 8 inches tall, sewn from a pair of microfiber chenille socks, scraps of white and gray felts, a pair of button eyes, button nose and black 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 on the tutorial page.
On a sunshiny day, while the everyone is happily enjoying the warmth of the sun, two Ruki the sock raccoons are playing glass marbles on the green lawn.
“Let’s play glass marbles together, bro!”
“But I do not know how to play.”
“It is easy than you think. Come, let me show you ….”
“Let me try.”
“Well done, bro, you finally got it!”
“Thank you, bro, for teaching me.”
Hope you have enjoyed every moment of your day by learning and making beautiful crafts. The best thing about crafts is making them and registered them in your memories because every craft tells a story.
Finished size: approx. 8″ tall
Download and print separately: Sock Raccoon Template
1. Microfiber chenille socks, Brown/Gray stripes , or Black/Gray stripes, 1 pair
2. Button eye 9 mm, black, 2; or equivalent button (as the eyes)
3. Button eye 15 mm, black, 1; or equivalent button (as the nose)
4. White felt – 7″ x 4″
5. Gray felt, 4″ x 2″
6. Black embroidery floss
7. Poly-fill stuffing material
8. Sewing threads (matching colors)
9. Sock Raccoon Template
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 a thin sock.
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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.
Download and print out the Sock Raccoon 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 Raccoon.
Remove the elastic bands at the cuff edge of the socks.
Turn the sock inside out, flatten and lay the sock as shown in the picture, align the stripes pattern so that they are lined up in both top and bottom layers. Pin.
Trace the sock raccoon 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. 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 traced lines with either using a sewing machine or hand stitch.
Cut out the sock pieces with approx. 1/8″ – 1/4″ seam allowance. Felt pieces do not need any seam allowance, just cut them out following the traced lines.
Turn all pieces right side out and stuff them 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 raccoon that can sit on its own, do not fill the upper 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 raccoon 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.
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.
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.
>Place the eye marking and muzzle piece to the head of the sock raccoon, slightly lower than the center of the head. Pin.
Starting from the bottom, sew around the eye marking piece until you are at the bottom of the muzzle, leaving about 1/2″ opening. Stuff the muzzle with stuffing material densely through the opening until the muzzle is raised.
Continue to sew to close the opening.
Add a philtrum line at the center of the muzzle with black embroidery floss then sew on the 15mm button nose.
Begin and end all the sewing knots at the bottom center of the head which will be hidden when the head is joined to the body.
Pin the ears to the head, arced the base of the ears a little to make them look natural. Check the position of the ears before sewing to make sure that they are at the same height and same depth. Sew the ears to the head by stitching around the base where it touches the head.
They love to play the glass bubbles on the grass.