Mr. Gobble, the sock turkey is here to say hello to all Craft Passion’s fans, followers, readers, and visitors. Welcome to the season of Autumn / Fall, where turkey theme is flooded all around, especially in many social media platforms, Pinterest for example. I am glad to create a turkey sewing craft to share with you this year. I hope to see you sewing Mr. Gobble as a gift or home decor for the upcoming Thanksgiving festival. All details, including downloadable pattern (in PDF), where to buy the socks and some of the materials can be found on the next page.
This sock turkey is able to stand with support at it’s back as the legs are filled with densely rolled up batting. You may add wire to the legs for better support but make sure the wire is properly sealed up and won’t protrude and pierce out from the batting and sock.
Sock Turkey – Free Sewing Pattern
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Besides standing up, this sock turkey is able to sit down nicely as well, just prop it down and it is sitting like a baby with the legs open up widely.
The white of the eyes and snood of the sock turkey are made from felt. I used domed button eyes for the sock turkey but you can always substitute them with felt if you are sewing it as toys. The wattle was sewed from the unused elastic ribbing of the socks instead of letting it waste. I also included the pattern and tutorial of the top hat that the sock turkey is wearing. It is sewn from felt as well.
Oh… and the colorful tail of the sock turkey, guess what it is sewn from? It is from a pair of toe socks!!! The colorful rainbow striped toe socks are just perfect for Mr. Gobble. I think he is very happy and proud of its charming tail 🙂
Part of the toe socks was being used for the legs and beak. I gave Mr. Gobble the sock Turkey a pair of big feet so that it has a wider base to stand up steadily. Does it resemble the foot of the Tweety Bird? This sock Turkey has 3 toes instead of 2 toes of Tweety Bird.
I added an iron-on decal (cut from Brother’s ScanNCut machine) for Mr. Gobble with the message “Happy Autumn”. You may personalize it with other messages for example “Happy Thanksgiving”, “I Luv U”, “Happy Family”, even the name of someone or the year of the celebration, etc. If you do not have an iron-on decal, you can always make a small card with the message and hang it on the neck of the sock turkey. Oh yes, if you are throwing a Thanksgiving Dinner, perhaps you can sew a bunch of sock turkeys as table placement cardholders and let your guests bring them back as a souvenir.
I hope you love Mr. Gobble, the sock turkey and start sewing it soon. Please share this free sock turkey pattern and tutorial with your friends and family as they might want to sew it too.
Till then, I wish you all happy sewing and enjoy every moment of crafting!
How To Sew Sock Turkey
Finished size: about 10″ tall
1. Sock (ankle length), dark brown, 1 (single)
2. Sock (Toe sock), colorful rainbow stripes, 1 pair
3. Domed Button eye 6mm, black, 2
4. Felt, color: White (1″ x 1/2″), Red (3 1/2″ x 1″), Black (9″ x 4″), Yellow (1″ x 1″), Blue (7″ x 1″)
5. Poly-fill stuffing material
6. Cotton batting, 2 pieces of 2 1/2″ x 8″
7. Sewing threads: Black, white, red
8. Sock Turkey template
9. Happy Autumn iron-on decal
10. Thick paper (for template printing)
1. Sewing machine or, you can hand-sew without machine
2. Long sewing needle (about 2″) and pins
3. Erasable fabric marker
4. White chalk pencil or white color pencil with a soft tip
5. Blunt point tweezers or an awl
Seam Allowance: approx. 1/4″ – 3/8″ (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.
Always massage the stuffing to loosen the lumps. Roll any long tubular parts with both hands to smooth out the lumps, it will also help to make the parts longer and firmer.
Gather all materials and tools needed as listed above.
Download the pdf template and print it on a thick plain paper. Cut the templates out.
Cut the toe sock horizontally approximately 4″ from the tip of the big toe.
Cut away the elastic band of the sock.
Turn the bottom part of the toe sock inside out, align the stripes and pin. Place feet, leg, and beak template on the sock and trace.
Repeat the same on the other sock but leaving out the beak template.
1. Draw lines as shown in the picture on both side and both pair of the tailpiece.
2. Stuff the tailpiece with Poly-fill stuffing material, stuff all the toe pockets first followed by the feet part. Make sure it is stuffed evenly by rolling and massaging the stuffing.
3. Sew around the raw edges with running stitch, pull to gather the opening.
4. Push the raw edges into the tailpiece to hide, pull the thread to seal the closing better. Knot.
1. Sew running stitch between the 2 sides of the tailpiece. Make sure the needle goes in straight and comes out from the other side. Keep the running stitch distance constant.
2. Pull the thread tightly after you have done the running stitches to the other end. You will see the stippled thread line.
3. Sew the running stitch back to where it comes from to cover the dashes and make it a complete indent line.
4. Sew the other 3 lines that separate the toe. Sewing the tailpiece into 5 sections first in order to make sure the stuffing is evenly spread within the 5 toes.
Sew the center lines of the toe sections in the same way as above. This will give the tail a more defined look of a feather.
Repeat the sewing on the other piece of tail to make it a pair of tails.
1. Sew the feet, leg, and beak as shown in yellow lines, stretch the sock a little while sewing so that the sewing line can be stretched during stuffing. Sew the other piece (without the beak) the same way.
2. Cut out all pieces with about 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn them right side out.
3. Stuff the feet pieces with Poly-fill stuffing material, sew the opening in one line using a ladder stitch.
4. Push the raw edges into the sock and pull the thread to give a neat seam.
5. Draw 2 lines as shown in the picture.
6. Sew the lines just like the way you sew the tail, to create 2 straight dented lines on the foot.
Repeat the same to the other foot. Set aside.
Fold the roll the cotton batting tightly to about 2 1/2″ long and 1/2″ in diameter as shown in the picture.
Sew to secure the batting in a cylinder shape. Cut away the uneven edge to make it to about 2″ to 2 1/4″ long.
1. Sew a few stitches to connect the edge of batting to the seam allowance of the leg piece. Insert the batting into the sock and roll the sock to turn it right side out.
2. Mark a 1/2″ dia circle at the feet as shown in the picture.
3. Sew to attach the leg to the foot by using a ladder stitch, catch some batting in between the stitches so that the batting can sit better inside the tube leg. Push in the raw edges before pulling the thread to tighten up the stitches.
4. Repeat the same to the other foot.
1. Turn the dark brown sock inside out and flatten, align the color border if your sock has a color section like mine, pin. Place sock turkey templates on the sock and trace with a white chalk pencil.
2. Sew the tracing lines (as indicated in yellow) but leave about 3/8″ opening at the bottom of the wings.
3. Cut the pieces out with about 1/4″ seam allowance. Cut 1/2″ from the heel part.
4. Turn all pieces right side out. Use a pair blunt point tweezers to turn the small pieces.
1. Stuff the sock turkey body with Poly-fill stuffing material.
2. Concentrate the stuffing on the head and neck first.
3. Stuff until the turkey body is full and firm.
4. Close the opening by sewing it in one line using a ladder stitch. Pull the thread to seal the opening, knot, hide the knot and cut the thread.
5. Bottom view of the sock turkey body.
6. Side view of the turkey body.
1. Place the white of the eye on the face of the turkey. Sew the domed button eye to the white of the eye, sew a few stitches to secure it.
2. Pull the needle out from the back of the head, pull tight so that the shank of the button set into the head and not hanging loosely. Then go in again at the same point where it came out.
3. Pull the needle out from the other eye, sew another domed button eye. Repeat 3 to set the button eye into the head.
4. Completed both eyes.
1. Stuff and position the beak onto the face, pin.
2. Sew to attach the beak by using a ladder stitch.
3. Push in the raw edges before pulling the thread to tighten the stitches.
4. Place the snood on the beak, sew it with red thread to secure its position.
1. Place the tails next to each other as shown in the picture. Stitch them together where they touch each other (about 1″ long).
2. Full tail.
3. Place and position the tail on the back of the turkey, pin. Sew around the external with hidden stitches.
4. Sew the inside of the tail and pull the thread to tighten the stitches to complete the attachment.
1. The sock turkey is so happy that it has a beautiful and colorful tail. Next, we are going to give it a pair of bigfoot legs.
2. Turn the turkey upside down. Mark 2 circle of 1/2″ as shown in the picture.
3. Place the leg on the marking and stitch around with ladder stitch, catch some batting between the stitches. Push the raw edges into the leg before tightening up the stitches.
4. Repeat to the sew the other leg. The turkey is now pretty happy with its colorful legs as well.
1. Get ready the top hat materials that you have prepared previously.
2. Roll the hat until the edge meets the seam line. Sew with black color thread.
3. Remember to clip notches on the seam allowance on the hat top.
4. Insert the notches into the hat and sew around.
1. Feed the belt through the buckle as shown in the picture.
2. Stitch the other end of the belt on the hat, about 1/4″ from the bottom edge of the hat. Make a few brief stitches until where the buckle is going to set on.
3. Overlap the belt and make some small stitches to secure.
4. Use the buckle to hide the stitches away.
5. Attach the brim to the hat by sewing them together.
6. A completed top hat for the turkey.
1. If you have an iron-on decal or able to cut your own “Happy Autumn” decal, clean up the unwanted white vinyl by peeling them off with a pair of tweezers.
2. A clean “Happy Autumn” iron-on decal is really to be transferred to the belly of the sock turkey.
3. Heat up your iron to medium heat (dry and no steam) or as stated in the iron-on material instruction. Use the iron to pre-heat the belly area of the turkey for about 10 to 15 seconds. Place the iron-on decal on the belly of the sock turkey. Press with medium pressure the iron to adhere the decal for 20 seconds on each section. Make sure to iron all the words.
4. Remove the protective plastic after it has cool down.
Hats off to you, yes, you, who’ve had read this tutorial to the very end. It is a rather long tutorial and I am glad that you have followed through. Have a nice time sewing up the sock turkey and please link back or show me your version of Sock Turkey, Mr. Gobble. I am looking forward to.