- 2 tube socks (ladies' or men's - size large)
- Fiberfill stuffing
- No-Show Mesh Stabilizer
- Tear-away Soft Stabilizer
- Dissolve-Away Mesh Self-Adhesive Stabilizer (for the face)
- Assorted yarn for hair
- Top stitch or 12 wt. sewing thread in a color to match socks and a color to blend with yarns
- Sewing thread (top & bobbin) to match socks
- Face embroidery design from A Bit of Stitch (see NOTE below); hand and machine embroidery versions are both available
- Fabric for "shoes" (optional) - approximately 2" x 4" per shoe
NOTE! Machine embroidery designs for the girl's face (large & small), boy's face (large & small), and buttonholes - plus patterns & instructions for a pair of panties, t-shirt and pants - are included in a single download HERE! (This download was free during the first week of publication.)
If you don't have an embroidery machine, hand embroidery patterns for the faces are available as a free download - click HERE to find it.
Looking for materials for your sock doll? Click HERE to find some kits!
Now pull up your socks and let's get started! 😄
1. Embroider the face before beginning. Read the directions included in the hand or machine embroidery design download to do so.
2. Cut the ribbing off both socks. Cut a 6 ½” piece from the open end of the un-embroidered sock and split in two. These two pieces will become the arms.
3. Gather your supplies. It’s fun to include at least three different types of yarn for the hair if you have them, but keep in mind that you can also use other fibers that will lend themselves to hair – narrow ribbons, skinny strips of scrap quilting fabric or knit fabric, etc.
Thread your sewing machine with matching thread in the top and bobbin (the thread color should match the sock).
Cut a slit in the sock with the embroidered face; the slit should begin at the straight, open end of the sock and end at the doll’s crotch. Depending on the length of your sock, this may be between 6.5” to 7” long. These will be the doll’s legs.
4. Turn the arm sock pieces inside out so that right sides are together. Sew each arm as shown in the photo above marked with the blue dashed lines. You will want the arms to be about 1.5” wide when finished, so adjust your seam allowance as necessary. After sewing, trim the seam allowance to ¼” and turn the arms right side out. Set the arms aside for later.
Beginner’s Tip! Trace a curved “hand” end on one side of the folded sock fabric arm to make it easier to sew. Place a piece of soft tear-away stabilizer under the fabric as you sew the curve to help keep the fabric from stretching.
5. Cut a piece of No-Show Mesh Stabilizer about 6” x 8” and place it on your work surface. Cut 10” to 12” lengths of yarn and place them across the stabilizer as shown in photo #1 above.