Animal Sock "Pom-Poms": A Tutorial

I love these little socks that I pick up at our local street fair in Palm Desert. They are from Japan and I adore the Japanese writing on them! They come with ducks, pandas, pigs, rabbits and other animals and each one is just adorable.

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Boo loves to mix and match the animals:

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You can easily make a similar simplified version using some felt and thread. I started with these simple shapes for a pig:

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First I stitched the light pink pig head to the dark pink background (will become the pig’s body):

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Then I stitched the light colored snout piece into place with contrasting thread for the nostrils:

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I used the same thread to add some contrast to the ears:

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I added eyes using black thread:

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Then I trimmed the large dark pink felt piece down into a smaller oval shape for the body……

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………and cut an identical piece for the back:

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I place the two oval pieces right sides together and began stitching them together at the outside. As I stitched towards the bottom I placed a small dark pink ovals halfway in to make a foot:

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I stitched a few times around the foot to secure it in place:

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Continuing to stitch along the bottom….until it was time to insert the other foot:

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I stitched all the way around to the other side of the pig, leaving an opening at the top. I turned the pig right side out and inserted a small amount of stuffing:

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Pinching the opening shut….here is what my little pig looked like at this point:

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I carefully folded the front top edge over the back edge and stitched it shut:

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I used some light pink DMC thread to add a little tail at the top:

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Finally I stitched the pig to the back of a sock:

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A finished animal “pom-pom” for your sock!

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These would be great a great way to re-purpose your mismatching socks!

Comments

  1. Ashley says

    They wash fine….we've had a bunch of them for about a year! But I wash everything on gentle….no dryer.

  2. SoSo says

    oh amazing! my daughter had a pair of tinkerbell sox with pom-poms of her head and we have never been able to find anything like it again! thnx so much for sharing!

  3. Kelly @ Make It Sparkly Mama says

    How much fun is that! And something my littlest guy would like too! Thanks for the inspirations!

  4. Ashley says

    How cute!! I think I might have to do this for some mis-matched socks that we have around our house…

  5. The Cottage Mama says

    SO cute!! We have the same socks at our house – my daughter, Savannah loves the little animals! Thanks for the tutorial – now I can make her some more when she grows out of the other ones!!

    Lindsay

  6. Sheila Irish says

    Ashley, is there nothing you can't do? Thank you so much for sharing this absolutely adorable tutorial with us!

  7. sofia's sketchbook says

    i'm gonna make some panda ones….chimi is panda this and panda that…..looooooooooove siennas's shoes…….

  8. SAMZE says

    Genius! I just love this! Fantastic idea for mismatched socks. so so so cute! Thank you for sharing! :)

  9. Sewing-Chick says

    That pig is the cutest thing I. Have. Ever. Seen.

    I can't imagine sewing it though… I hate sewing tiny things!

  10. Maryann says

    Adorable!! Great job on something so small, too!!

    If you know, what kind of felt did you use? Was it the thin kind you can buy in smallish pieces at the craft store, or the thicker stuff (which I have only seen by the bolt or online)?

    Thanks!!

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