How to Make a Stocking Doll

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How to Make a Stocking Doll
Make a Stocking Doll (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Kids love huggable sock dolls. They're easy to make, and you can throw them in the washer. Use different kinds of socks to make different kinds of dolls: crew socks with a heel make a sitting doll, and tube socks make a reclining or standing doll.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Ribbons
  • Athletic Socks
  • Batting
  • Fabric Glue
  • Scrap Yarn
  • Sewing Needles
  • Thimbles
  • Threads
  • Scissors
  • Permanent Markers
  • Rubber Bands
  • Permanent markers
  • Rubber bands

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay sock with the toe seam and ribbing flat on the table.

  2. 2

    Find the center of the ribbing and mark a line all the way down the ribbing. This will make legs.

  3. 3

    Stuff the foot of the sock with lots of batting, up to the ribbing.

  4. 4

    Start at the top of the ribbing, 1/4 inch from your center mark or the width of your sewing machine's pressure foot.

  5. 5

    Sew both layers of the sock alongside your line until you reach the bottom of the ribbing.

  6. 6

    Leave the needle in the sock and lift the pressure foot. Turn the sock at a right angle.

  7. 7

    Stitch until you are 1/4 inch from the other side of your center mark.

  8. 8

    Leave the needle in the sock. Lift the pressure foot and turn the sock to sew a line 1/4-inch from the center line to the top of the ribbing.

  9. 9

    Cut on the center line. This will separate the legs.

  10. 10

    Stuff the legs with batting.

  11. 11

    Sew a running stitch around the edge of the leg to gather the end of the leg.

  12. 12

    Gather the sock end together and do a few stitches to close it.

  13. 13

    Tie the ends of thread in a knot and clip.

  14. 14

    Do this to both legs.

  1. 1

    Wrap a rubber band around the top third of the stuffed doll body. This will be the head.

  2. 2

    Stitch the neck instead of using a rubber band for small children.

  3. 3

    Use the second sock to make arms and a hat.

  4. 4

    Turn the sock inside out.

  5. 5

    Divide the foot of the sock into three equal parts and mark lines. The arms will be the sections on the outside edges of the sock. Round off the end of each line at the toe. Arms should be about 3/4 of the length of the foot part of the sock and should look like fingers in a glove.

  6. 6

    Sew along your lines, leaving the bottom of the section or the section closest to the ribbing open to fill with batting.

  7. 7

    Cut out arms 1/4 inch from the seam.

  8. 8

    Turn arms right-side out and stuff with batting.

  9. 9

    Stitch ends closed leaving 1/2 inch of sock. This is where you attach the arm to the body of the doll.

  10. 10

    Slide the excess 1/2 inch of sock under the rubber band on each side of the head with the arm of the doll pointing up.

  11. 11

    Hand-stitch the end of the arm down under the armpit to the body.

  12. 12

    Wrap ribbon or yarn around the neck to hide the rubber band.

  1. 1

    Tie ribbon pieces at the wrist and the ankle to make hands and feet.

  2. 2

    Cut ribbing off a scrap second sock.

  3. 3

    Sew a running stitch around the cut edge.

  4. 4

    Gather the sock edge closed and tie it off.

  5. 5

    Place the hat on the doll's head. Roll up the edge of the hat to look like a stocking cap.

  6. 6

    Mark lightly with a pencil where the hat goes on the doll's head. This will be for the hair.

  7. 7

    Glue doll hair or yarn for hair along the line with a good fabric glue.

  8. 8

    Draw a face on the doll with permanent fabric markers or fabric crayons.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also stitch yarn in place for the hair. Thread a large needle with yarn. Make a small stitch, pull the yarn through to the length desired, clip and tie a knot. Continue until you have all the hair needed.
  • Do not use anything that can come off and go into a baby's or toddler's mouth.

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