Sunday, February 26, 2012

HOW TO MAKE A SOCK TEDDY BEAR

Hi! I came across a cute tutorial last week on how to make a sock teddy bear. He looked so fun and easy, I thought I'd give one a shot. I stitched one up while Tim and I were watching a movie Friday evening so I snapped a few pics along the way and thought I'd share. I tried to track down the original creator and designer of these little bears and I believe the source comes from a site called Taobao

You'll notice I had the help of a little kitty named Boo, who you'll see makes a couple of guest appearances in the step-by-step photos. :) Boo is a frequent sidekick while I'm sewing my RAWR creatures and does have his own drawer in my desk where he likes to curl up while I sew.

On to the tutorial! Here's what you'll need to get started:
• 2 socks (1 is the majority of the bear, the other you'll only need a small amount for the bear's nose)
• scissors
• thread
• marker (or something to draw your shapes for cutting)
• 3 small black buttons, 1 small white button, and any other little embellishments you want to dress up your little friend
• stuffing
• needle, stick pins
• kitty foot on the left hand side of the photo is optional.

On to the fun part!
1. Flip your sock inside out and draw the head and ears at the toe end. The heel becomes his little bum and you draw out the legs on the other side of that. The rest of the sock cuff becomes his arms.

2. Cut out the head shape and then trim a very small portion off the end of the toe. This will become the neck hole where you will stuff.

3. Next cut out your legs and arms. You should have 4 cut out parts. Head, 2 arms, and the body.

4. Keeping your sock inside out, sew around the ears, legs and arms. You can do this by hand or use your machine. Leave the ends open on the arms so you can stuff before attaching to the body. I used a little under a 1/4" seam. 


5. You're now ready to flip everything right side out and begin stuffing! He's starting to come together :) Stuff the head, body, and arms.


6. Hand stitch the head closed and then do the same to the neck of the body.


7. Now hand stitch to attach the head to the neck of the body.


8. Cut out a piece from the other sock to create his little muzzle. Cut out an oval shape – I'd say close to the size of his face and then pin it in place.


9. This part was a little tricky, but just take your time, it will start to take shape. Hand sew the edge of the muzzle to the face of your bear. I stitched all across the top, down one side and halfway along the bottom before starting to insert stuffing. Squeeze a bunch into the pocket you created and then continue on stitching to close the rest of it up.


10. Now for the fun part! Attach your 2 little eyes, and nose. I used 2 buttons to create his nose – a black button, with a slightly smaller white button on top. This is my favourite part in creature creating! They really start to come alive when you add the eyes :)


11. Last but not least, stitch on his little arms!


12. Add any little embellishments to give him some character. Viola! a new little friend! :) 


Boo gave his final seal of approval and then went back to sleep.

Hope you find this tutorial fun and you try one for yourself! I'd love to hear if you create one.

I have lots of RAWR orders on the go, so keep an eye out for some pics on what's coming up this week :) Also, I'm doing another giveaway soon for my Facebook group. I'll be doing a draw at 200 likes. The winner will receive a special EEP to mark the occasion. Pop over to check it out! I'll be posting a picture of the 200 likes EEP soon :)
Jay <3

45 comments:

ShyScout said...

Such an adorable bear and tutorial!! Thank you for sharing. The photo of Boo giving his approval is just too cute. Good luck with reaching 200 likes on fbook, I was number 155 :]

Margot said...

That is super cute! I love all of your creations :)

Erica said...

I'm going to have to make one! I have plenty of mis-matched socks :)

courtney said...

That is ridiculously cute! You cate is precious!

RAWR said...

thanks ladies :)

did you get to make one erica?

Jenni Austria Germany said...

this one is my favorite!

Ashlie Ortega said...

Oh how this is super cute!!! Thanks so much for showing us! I'm A new GFC follower. Thanks for sharing.
Ashlie
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Marta Cardenas said...

Awesomeeeee, thanks very must you are an artist!!!!!

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Anonymous said...

how do i handstitch the head and the body together? i got stuck on number 7... :(

RAWR said...

you just do a little hand stitch all around the head attaching it to the body while you go around. I tried to keep the stitching as close to the centre of the base of the head as possible, that way you'll have more of a rounder shape for the head.

does that kinda make sense ? :)

Anonymous said...

haha! it makes sense but it's soooo difficult! but i'll manage, i have to...

thank you so much! ^__^

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Anonymous said...

OMG THIS IS SO CUTE!!! I'm making one RIGHT now lol.

MH fan club said...

OMG I LOVE THESE!!! THEY ARE SO CUTE!!! I have made one and it looks so cute. U R such an artist!

MH fan club said...

I made one. I might post a pic on my blog!!!!

Anonymous said...

These are awesome xmas gifts and its good for secret santa i am gonna try it!

RAWR said...

MH fan – i would love to see him! pics pics! :)

Anonymous said...

What kind of sock do you use??

Anonymous said...

Just made one for my self not as good as yours going to need alot more practice but on my way, thanks for posting this its so cute n had fun making it :)

Anonymous said...

cuttte! :) imma make a bunch of these! :DDDD

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say thanks for this tutorial. I've been having so much fun making these bears! Here's a photo of the three I've done so far.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8095/8556212188_59d4a72e33_c.jpg

-Glenn

Jessica Anderson said...

This is so good! Tried it myself and it was looking really good until I started putting it all together, now it just looks scary! Need to practice a bit more I think!

RAWR said...

wow! i'm glad everyone is having so much fun making these guys and thanks so much! my apologies for being absent so long. please send along any photos of the bears you made, i'm going to do a new post to share everyone's talents :)

Anonymous said...

I made one!!!!! Its really simple but look so cute!!!! My baby cousin loved it!!! Thank you!!!:)

Anonymous said...

Thank you,we tried it out and it looked really good.

Anonymous said...

Hey,
Thanks for the tutorial. I was very bored and needed a friend. THANKS! His name is Samuel.

lauren alexander said...

I made one of these im 11 by the way yours is alot cuter than mine but mines ok!

RAWR said...

do you have a picture lauren? i've been sharing everyone's creations! i would love to see yours :)

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Lynzee B said...

Mine looks like more of an awkward cat but it's still super cute. Lol

Kim Johnson said...

Me and my 14 year old derby are going to make some and take to the children Hospital. Maybe it will make a comment happy

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Sorry me and my daughter and maybe make a child happy

Anonymous said...

so cute, going to make one for my school project!!!

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Ima Yahya said...

This is so cute!!! I'm definitely gonna make one for my daughter.. she is really tickled with the picture of your cat next to the teddy.Thanks for sharing the tips with us :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, these creatures are so adorable! I was wondering though; what else can you fill these with? Because I don't have stuffing. I'm 12 and I would really like to know!! Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

I love this Thanks so much! This would be a great gift for my friends! I also love sock animals like my grandma gave me a sock money I LOVE it!

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QuietLunchbox said...

I dont get #3- Where do you stitch it around?? You need to be able to add stuffing after that- Im so confused :S

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Angel said...

I made mine. Came out really nice. Thanks for the blog post!

Ritu said...

What a beautiful tutorial and such a cute teddy! I haven't tried it out yet, but I am linking to this in an upcoming post on my blog and will be making one as part of a toddler book club!

diana said...

Hi, was just wondering could you tell me exact size guide, i made these but the head is bit small, was just wondering of the measurements thank you :)