Sock Lost Its Pair? Don't Despair...Make a Bunny!
by Shannon McMath
Oh no, another sock came out of the dryer without its pair. What do you do? Put it in the drawer and hope the other shows up? Throw it out? No! Make a Stray Sock Bunny. With some very basic sewing skills and only a few supplies you can create this adorable little guy to play with, use as an Easter decoration, or give as a gift.
If your child has never sewn before, this is a great opportunity to teach him/her a basic stitch. It’s a little skill that comes in
handy for all kinds of craft projects. And years from now, when they are away at college and a button falls off or a hem needs mending, they will be able to fix it themselves thanks to this simple Stray Sock Bunny craft.
What You Need:
- One Sock
- Pillow Stuffing
- Strong Thread – Embroidery floss works well
- Googly Eyes
- Pom Pom – size depends on the size of the sock
What You Do:
- Begin by laying the sock down on your work surface with the heel facing up. This will help you figure out how to cut the ears since the heel of the sock is the bunny’s nose. Use scissors to cut part way down the length of the sock. Then diagonally cut off the tip of each “ear” to make a point.
- Next, fill the sock with the pillow stuffing. To keep the stuffing inside, you will need to stitch shut the head. Sew a straight line across the head right under the base of the ears. Be sure to make a large knot so it won’t slip through the sock material.
- Now it’s time to give your bunny a little bit of shape. Using the needle and thread, stitch around the sock where you want the neck to be, again making sure to use a large knot so the thread won’t pull through. Go all the way around and when you get to the other side, pull it tight so it gathers up and makes a neck. Tie off the thread.
- The arms are a little easier. You will sew through the sock from back to front to back, etc. Try to make the stitch line as straight as possible. Do this for both of the bunny’s arms.
- To finish off the shaping, you will now sew a straight line at the lower end of the sock to make the bunny’s legs. Use the same technique as with the arms.
- The final touch is to glue on the googly eyes, button nose, and don’t forget to add a pom pom tail! Tie a pretty ribbon around it’s neck and you have a cut little bunny to play with or give as a gift.
Use different size socks and make a whole family of bunnies to play with. These little guys would look really cute sitting along your mantle at Easter time. Another idea is to use this as a slumber party project. Just ask everyone to bring a stray sock and you provide the rest of the materials.
Shannon McMath lives in Northern California and enjoys spending time with her daughter engaging in crafts of all kinds. Having earned a degree in Art & Design from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, she has learned to recognize the role that creativity plays in our society, and also how important it is to foster creativity in children.