Monday, July 6, 2009

Sock Animals

So, my husband got me some gift cards to Michael's and JoAnn's, and I was so excited to use them up! We went to both stores and browsed... well, I browsed while my husband entertained our son. Let me tell you, I can go crazy in any craft store! There are so many ideas running through my head! "Oooh! I can make this... I can use this for such and such..." My brain was hurting by the end of the "shopping spree". Anyways, I found this Sock and Glove book by Miyako Kanamori at Michael's, and I thought it was so cute! There are some great ideas on how to make your own stuffed animals out of socks and knit gloves! Obviously, everyone has seen a sock monkey before, but I thought all the other animals were super cute too! I was so excited to try to make my own sock animals! Here's what I came up with so far....
I made a sock dog, monkey, elephant and cat. They aren't the prettiest sock animals. In fact, they may even look pathetic. But I was happy with them, for my first try! It didn't take me very long to make these. I would work on them during my son's naps, or at night when he was sleeping, and throughout the day if I wasn't busy with something else. All were hand-stitched. I probably could've used the machine for some of the stitching, but I was more comfortable just hand-stitching this time. The sock dog was my first. I made him using toddler sized socks. I'll probably make a bigger dog later on. The monkey and the elephant were made using some women's knee-high socks, and the cat was made from women's trouser socks. My son thinks the cat is a mouse... I guess the ears were a little too rounded. I even added "claws", and he still makes his sign for "mouse" when he sees it! Oh well! I am going to buy more socks and gloves so I can make some more animals! 

Tell me what you think of these... and be honest! If I get better at making them, I am thinking of selling them. Would you buy one? 

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15 comments:

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

These are so cute! You did a great job! I am very impressed. I love the puppy with his tongue sticking out.
I say keep making them and sell, sell, sell!:)

Stepfanie said...

Those look extremely adorable!

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The Dimino's said...

Adorable!! I love them!! Stopping by from sits!

Jessica said...

You did a heck of a job for your first attempt. And yes, you should sell them.

The Blonde Duck said...

Those are adorable! Sell!

Debbie said...

I love them. I especially like the cat.

Genny said...

Stopping by from SITS.

I think those are really cute!

Grand Pooba said...

Those are simply darling!

Multiple personalities.. said...

What a great project! I found your blog from the SITS site...lovely to meet you!

SugarandSpice said...

I am dying to try this. I know my 6 year old will just love it!

The Rambler said...

They look fantastic!!

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egt said...

Just stopped in from SITS!
Very cute idea...my son would love this project...I'm going to go look for this book!

Elizabeth said...

Oh my gosh, these are soooo darn cute!! I wish I was crafty like this, I'm the kind of person who couldn't sew her way out of any situation. I would absolutely buy one! Stopping by from SITS this morning, happy Tuesday to you!

Robbie S. Redmon, LPC said...

Congrats on being #1 at SITS today!

mub said...

Agh that sock kitty is SO cute! I looked at ordering that book on Amazon but went with another one. I'll add that one to my "someday" list again =)

I probably wouldn't buy one because I make them, but I do know there is a market. I have people asking me to make them monkeys ALL the time.