Put a Sock in It

Were you motivated by my last blog post to begin hand knitting your socks? If so, you probably have started to wonder what to do with those unwanted store bought socks filling your dresser drawer. Don’t worry. I have the answer: sock creatures!

You might be surprised how many books you can find on the subject for inspiration and instruction. Recently some library staff decided to get together to sew sock creatures. Our motto was “There are no mistakes. It only adds personality.”

Stray Sock Sewing : Making Unique, Imaginative Sock Dolls Step-by-Step by Dan Ta has colorful photos of  each step in the process. From diagrams showing how to cut the socks, where to place the stuffing, how to sew the pieces together, and suggestions on how to embroider a face, someone with little sewing experience can easily create a creature. The cats, pig, zebra, and tweens were made with instructions from this book.

Sock and Glove : Creating Charming Softy Friends from Cast-off Socks and Gloves by Miyako Kanamori includes the patterns for the bird and fish in our photo.

If you’re a sock monkey fan Sock Monkey & Friends : 9 Different Fun-to-Make Sock Animal Projects by Samantha Fisher is the book for you. The cover of the book pictures a monkey made with orange and yellow striped socks but there is no reason you can’t make a traditional Rockford Red Heel sock monkey.

Sock dolls don’t have to look like anything realistic. Stupid Sock Creatures : Making Quirky, Lovable Figures from Cast-off Socks by John Murphy is a great example of this. He calls them stupid creatures or beasties. They might have horns, wings, or 3 eyeballs. Make whatever is in your imagination. The black sock creature with the red bone through his skull in our photo is inspired by this book.

Even Martha Stewart makes sock creatures. In her book Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts you’ll find the pattern for our family of Dachshunds. She also includes patterns for a Bulldog and a Dalmatian.

Other books on the subject are Socks Appeal : 16 Fun & Funky Friends Sewn from Socks by Brenna Maloney. It includes projects easy enough for kids to make with plenty of illustrated instructions. Toys to Sew by Claire Garland has a section on what she calls sock cuddlies. She even gives instructions for clothes.

We had a great time making our sock creatures. You can see them in person in the Children’s Room display case during the month of October.

Kim and fellow sock creature creators:  Kathy, Carol, Mary, Gloria, Richard, Chris, Kevin