Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sock Doll Bowling Set

I was inspired by a book by Daniel who makes the cutest sock animals. Max was the first sock creature that I made.

Funny, I usually make sewing projects from patterns as I do not think that I could create something on my own - but I realized, that if I let go, I can actually come up with my own stuff. Moin Moin Cow was the second sock friend that moved in with us.

So, dear friends, here is my first attempt of a step by step tutorial.
Meet: Benny, Paula, Ina, Daniel, Kater Carlo and Moritz. They are little bowling figures that can of course be used for other games like theater etc.

close up of Paula
close up of Benny
close up of Daniel
Lets make Moritz together

- Socks (I used size 25 or 2 years)
- polyester stuffing
- ribbon for the neck tie
- textile marker
- textile glue
- fiber for hair
- needles and  thread, scissors
- buttons
- piece of cardboard or template plastic
- wiggle eyes or embroidery thread for eyes
- black textile marker, either red fabric paint or pebbles chalk. 

1. cut a circle for the bottom of your figure. I used a glass to trace.

2. place the circle where the toe is.

3. stuff loosely

4. make a running stitch on top

5. pull together tightly and stitch a few cross stitches to secure
6. cut the top off and push the remaining edges with scissors or your fingers to the inside securing with stitches

 7. run a stitch for the nose, pull tightly and secure with a few more stitches. Try to grab as much stuffing as you can.

8. wrap a string or embroidery thread around the neck and tie securely

9. draw the face with a disappearing textile marker and embroider. Tipp: enter with your needle from the back of the head or the neck to hide the knots. Go back through the back of the head every now and then, pulling the thread a bit to add sculpted effects and or to adjust the mimics.

 10. next sew the buttons on, entering again through the back of the head or neck

 11. pinch the sides and run a stitch back and forth to sculpt the arms, then embroider the pockets

 12. cut some fiber strips for the hair and sew piece by piece in the middle, then also on each side

 13. give Moritz a haircut

14. glue the eyes on (embroider if you prefer - I use the wiggle eyes because my daughter does not pick and pull on stuff and does not put anything in her mouth. If you want to be 100 % sure, just embroider the eyes) I put a rubber band on the eyes until the glue dries. This way they stay in place and through the pressure, they glue a bit to the stuffing underneath making them more secure.

15. tie a ribbon around the neck and voila!
16. If you use your sock friends as a bowling set, you will have to make a ball either out of a sock or fabric. We have already so many fabric balls so that I did not make one. The Purl Bee offers a free fabric ball pattern with great instructions. (thank you to Purl Bee for sharing!)

The sock gang does not have a proper home yet. I still have this great Toadstool pattern from Ikatbag.

*picture by LiEr from  Ikatbag

 As soon as I have some time I will make it for the bowling buddies. For now they have to live in a toy box but there are worse things like being hit with a ball on the face and thrown around -  I guess.

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  1. These are adorable! Thank you so much for sharing. Saw you at seven thirty three. I'm your newest follower!

  2. Fantastic! Deliciously cute and each character is so unique. I'll have go give it a go :)

  3. You are awesome!! Very cool, I am going to have to try. Glad that you "let go" and came up with these little cuties ;) Thanks for linking up to Help a Momma Out, we appreciate it, and hope to see more of you :)

  4. They are so cute and fun! I love it that they're made of inexpensive materials and various colours, so it really makes them interesting. The step by step tutorial is really cool!

  5. Oh, my, GOODNESS! How incredibly SWEET!! I'm wishin' I didn't throw away those little stray socks last week! I am SO making some of these. Thank you for sharing!!!

  6. This is so dang cute! I was hoping you were selling them on Etsy because I could never make anything this adorable..love it!

  7. I love these! I want to make some! great job! Kristy from www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com my crafty, healthy, homeschool blog.

  8. This is such a cute sock doll! Thank you so much for sharing it at Savvy HomeMade Monday.

  9. So cute!! Would LOVE it if you would share this project at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/11/turquoise-lovin-13.html

  10. Мухомор - класс!!

  11. Hi, so nice I tried it:
    Girls like ist and our little guest always play with them. Thanks for all your great Ideas!

  12. Die sind ja super schön, kanns zwar nicht lesen, aber ich werde versuchen, die lustigen Gesellen für meinen Enkel nachzumachen.


    1. Ich glaube, dass Du sie nach den Bildern schaffen kannst. Sonst bitte Bescheid geben. Dankeschön für die liben Worte

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  14. Wow Kasia, du machst so tolle Sachen, ich entdecke jedes Mal etwas Neues auf deinem Blog, das ich noch nicht bewundert habe. Ich glaube, ich muss mich an einem ruhigen Abend mal hinsetzen und deinen Blog systematisch von hinten bis vorne durcharbeiten <3


  15. Hello!
    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I just completed two sets of these cute little bowling figures - one for my daughter and one for my nephew. I can't wait to see their faces on Christmas morning when they open them! Thanks again for the inspiration (and great instructions!)


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