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 in the pattern & tutorial section below.
On a sunshiny day, while 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.
- Microfiber chenille socks, Brown/Gray stripes, or Black/Gray stripes, 1 pair
- Button eye 9 mm, black, 2; or equivalent button (as the eyes)
- Button eye 15 mm, black, 1; or equivalent button (as the nose)
- White felt, 7″ x 4″
- Gray felt, 4″ x 2″
- Black embroidery floss
- Poly-fill stuffing material
- Sewing threads (matching colors)
- Sock Raccoon Template
- Sewing machine. You can also hand-sew it if you prefer.
- Long sewing needle (about 2"), tapestry needle, and pins
- Water-Soluble Fabric Marker
- Blunt point tweezers
- Spray bottle filled with water
- Printer and card stock for templates
- 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. Draw pattern on the sock. Sew then cut. Turn sock pieces right side out.
- Stuff parts with poly-fill stuffing materials and sew as instructed below.
- Sew to close the opening. Massage the parts to even out the lumps of the stuffing.
- Sew felt pieces to the head, followed by nose, eyes and ears to the head. Then sew the head, arms, and tail to the body to complete the sock raccoon.
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
RUKI SOCK RACCOON
Download and print out the Sock Raccoon Template on a letter-size cardstock. Cut out the paper templates from the cardstock.
Gather the materials and tools needed to sew 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, DRAW, SEW & CUT
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.
STUFFING AND SHAPE
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.
Stuff the tail lightly just to create a puffy tail.
Fold in the raw edges, slip stitch them to close the opening.
Do not stuff the ears. Just fold-in the raw edges, slip stitch them to close the opening.
Cut out felt pieces to make the eye markings of the sock raccoon.
Place the gray piece of the white eye marking piece, align them, pin. Sew around with matching color thread.
Place the muzzle on the eye marking piece, align and pin. Sew with matching color at those places that are in contact with the eye marking piece.
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.
DETAILING ON THE EYES
Sew on the 9mm button eyes, you may add some white of eye underneath the button by gluing a tiny piece of white felt in the shape of a crescent, this is optional.
All parts are ready for assembly.
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.
This is the top view of the head and the position of the ears looking down from the top.
Pin and sew the head to the body. Keep a small contact point at the join of 1″ – 1.5″ diameter, this is to reserve some space for the arms to fit into the area.
Pin the arms to the space between the head and the body. Sew the arms at those places that in contact with the head and body.
Lastly, sew the tail to the back of the sock raccoon.
Spray the sock raccoon with water to erase all the visible blue marking if needed, leave it to dry.
They love to play the glass bubbles on the grass.
Socks will be stretched after they are stuffed so thick socks that are close-knit make better quality sock raccoon toys.
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.
Purchase the exact same material and tool used in this pattern from Craft Passion Shop.