These little sock babies were shown to me by a friend at my craft group, we all had a go at making them, so much fun.
You need two socks one white and one patterned, I used 2 to 4 year old ones but you can use 18 month size as well.
The blue ones my favorite, but they are all cute. You can click on the photo to see the face detail, its very basic.
Cut the toe off the white sock this is your head.
Cut the patterned one like I've shown. These were sweet socks with a lovely picot edge which will become the turn up of the hat.
The toe of the patterned sock becomes the body, you need to stuff it firmly, you can sew down to form the legs by machine or hand, I did this by machine. Make sure the stuffing is pushed down into the toes. Stuff the white head quite firmly, don't worry if these two pieces look round you can shape them later. Thread a needle with double thread and large knot, run a running stitch around the top outer edge of both pieces and pull tight, poke the raw edges under and sew hole up. If you want to add a bell or rattle maker now's the time to put it in the stuffing.
Sew head to body using a ladder stitch
This is the hat which is the ankle part of the patterned sock, see the photo of the cuts, its about 2 inches longRun a gathering stitch around the raw edge, pull tight and poke edges under and sew shut like you did with body and head.
To form the arms pinch the body and start at the neck and sew down till it looks right making sure the shoulder is thicker than the hand end. I hope that makes sense, he looks like his hands are in his pocket.
Sew the hat on using ladder stitch, just in and out, I turned up the edge to make a cuff.
Add a little face, I embroidered mine but you can draw it, and a scarf or ruffle and a pompom on the hat and its all finished. Don't think it sounds complicated it isn't, have a go, they really are rather cute.
I have just had a retrospective look at this post, my apologies for my poor photos, I have learnt since then anyway they are still a fun project.
You may also be interested in my other Free tutorial a little dolls Carry cot
DOLLY'S CARRYCOT TUTORIAL