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Sock Monsters

Hello thought I would show you how to while away an hour or so with the children and create a little monster. This monster is all hand-sewn and made from things you will already have around the house. I would say this is a suitable task for 7 yrs and up, but they will need supervision, especially with cutting and using the needle.

You will need

· A pair of socks (make sure they are unwanted and not someone’s favourite pair)

· Needle and threads

· Scissors

· Polyester craft stuffing (or if you don't have this, you can use the sock off-cuts)

· Buttons (could use from old clothes that are no longer required. (Many clothes have spare buttons)

Step 1: Cutting the shape from the sock

You need to cut a square tube shape. Cut this from the leg part of the sock.

Step 2: Sewing

Turn your tube inside out and sew one end, creating a little bag. You can use a simple running stitch or an over-edge stitch, just make sure there aren’t big gaps between the stitches.

Step 3: Stuffing

Turn the tube the right-side out and stuff with craft stuffing. If you don’t have any stuffing then stuff it with the left over sock bits as you don’t need these to create your monster. You could cut these into smaller pieces if needed.

Step 4: Sewing

Now sew the opening closed, turn in the raw edges and sew using a blanket stitch or a simple running stitch.

Step 5: Creating its face

To create the monsters eyes and nose you can use buttons or simple creative stitches (crosses are good as monster eyes or nose). To create the monsters mouth you can do a running stitch, either a straight line or create a zig-zag line. It’s up to you, do you want your monster friendly or scary?

Step 6: Sewing

To create its ears do a loose running stitch around the top corners (one at a time), then pull the thread to gather the fabric making the corners look like ears.

Step 7: Name

Give your monster a name. You could even make a whole family of monsters!

Why not upload pictures of your monsters to the comments section? We would love to see them.

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