Maybe you were the not-so-lucky recipient of a bumper pack for Christmas, or perhaps you’ve got spares in the draw whose other half you cannot for the life of you track down. Liberate those poor, unloved socks by giving them a second life in the form of a soft, squishy bear toy – with a little personalisation he’d make a sweet Valentine’s love token, and we’re sure kids will love cuddling him too.
If by some freak occurrence you don’t have any spare socks right now, buy some pure wool work socks for the main body (you only need to use one of these for each toy so you can make two!), and a thinner, smaller decorative pair for the jumper.
- One large thick wool work sock
- One printed sock
- Tiny piece of black felt for the nose
- Polyester stuffing
- Needle and thread
- Beans for weight (optional)
How to make a sock bear
You Will Need
Hem the decorative sock using zig zag stitch.
Machine stitch the bear shape template on page 100 onto the wool sock using zig zag stitch. Sew through both layers.
Snip away the excess around the seams. Put the toe to one side – this will become your snout.
Stuff the shape you just made. If you want, put some beans in the bottom to help the bear stand.
Pin the heel closed.
Slipstitch the bottom closed, tucking in the rough edges.
Pinch all the fluff from the top corners of the wool sock and pin diagonally across to create your bear’s ears.
Hand stitch a straight line across the pin lines
Pull the thread to create a rounded ear and tie a knot in the end to secure.
Take the sock toe you put to one side in Step 4 and pin in place to create a snout.
Trim the excess then slipstitch the snout in place, tucking the rough edges under as you go.
Sew the felt nose in place.
Embroider the eyes using black embroidery thread or doubled-up regular sewing thread.
Pinch the sides to create the arms, then sew in place.
length of your bear’s neck. Cut a strip from the jumper or sock 5cm (2″) wide, and the length you just measured. Fold in half lengthwise, RS together. Sew around the edges leaving a gap, then turn RS out. Wrap around the bear how you want and add a few hand stitches to secure it in place.
Add extra embellishments such as buttons or lace, or maybe stitch a motif personal to the bear’s intended owner.