How to make a sock owl
Odd socks are the bane of a mother’s life. But don’t despair: upcycle those pairless tormentors and make yourself a sock owl.
What you need:
- 1 odd sock
- 2 buttons
- 1 small triangle of orange felt
- cotton wool (stuffing)
- sewing machine
- needle and thread
- Starting below the heel, cut the ankle part of the sock from the foot part. Make a rounded curve for the owl’s head. (The opening of the sock will be the bottom of the owl’s body.)
- Now cut out the toe part of the sock, the very tip. Cut that in half to form two teeny-tiny wings for your owl.
- With the remaining section, cut it up the side to open it out. Now cut out a rough circle that will form the base of the owl. (So it should be able to fit roughly into the diameter of the sock’s ankle opening.)
- Now take the body part, turn right sides together and sew it along the top curved edge.
- Sew each wing along one side to form the wings.
- Keeping the body inside out and with right sides together, pin the base circle that you cut earlier into the base of the owl’s body, leaving a seam of about 5mm.
- Sew around that but make sure you leave a gap big enough to turn the owl right side out and stuff it with cotton wool.
- Turn the owl right side out through the gap you left. Stuff it with cotton wool through the same gap. Now use a needle and thread to slip stitch the gap closed.
- Sew on the owl’s wings.
- Sew on the owl’s eyes. Glue the beak on.
- This activity was created by Penny Flanagan.
Hoo hoo made that gorgeous sock owl?
- Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia for creating the instructional video.
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