Feeling spirited, and a little bit crafty? All you need is a needle, thread, and some basic sewing skills to complete this afternoon project. Turn a pair of your stray socks into a cuddly canine: after all, who doesn’t want a puppy for Christmas?
The colors and patterns of the socks you choose will help inspire the breed. You can turn a long, brown striped pair of socks into a basset hound disguised as a member of Santa’s team, and a black-and-white checked pair of anklets into a Scottie. Adding fun details, like pipe-cleaner antlers or a stylish argyle-sock sweater, helps the dogs get dressed up for the holidays.
- A pair of socks
- 2 identical buttons (for eyes)
- 1 button (for nose)
Turn one sock inside out and cut the cuff off. The calf section will become the legs; the more you cut off, the shorter the legs will be. (If you’re using an ankle sock, there’s no need to cut the cuff off; your dog will have stubby legs.) The toe will become the neck.
Flatten this sock with the heel on top. Cut from the ankle to the beginning of the heel. Sew the sides to make the back legs. Make sure to leave an opening at the center to insert the stuffing.
Turn sock right side out and add stuffing. Stretch and shape the sock as you stuff to form the body and the back legs.
Sew leg opening shut from side to side. Sew feet shut; bend paws forward at ankle, and stitch the fold in place. Bend neck back, and stitch the fold in place.
Cut the second sock into parts as shown. (If you’re using an ankle sock, cut off the thin cuff, and cut off the toe; it will become legs, ears, and tail in step 9.)
Slip the head piece over the neck and sew in place. Add stuffing.
To make the snout, turn edges of head piece in, making a curve, and stitch shut.
For floppy ears (such as the basset hounds), cut toe into ears as shown. Turn each inside out; sew sides together, leaving bottom open. Turn right side out, stitch shut, and sew to head.
For an ankle sock, cut toe as shown. Sew ears as in step 8, inserting pipe cleaners for perky ears (like the Scottie’s) before sewing to head.
Turn front-leg pieces inside out; stitch, leaving bottoms open. Turn right side out; stuff, stitch shut, and sew to body. Bend paws; stitch folds in place.
Turn tail piece inside out; sew sides, leaving bottom open. Turn right side out; stuff or insert pipe cleaner. Sew pipe cleaners on.
Sew on small buttons for eyes using different color thread for pupils. For nose, sew on a larger button with two big holes (for nostrils) or a pom-pom.
- 13. Add finishing touches: For antlers, twist three or four brown pipe cleaners together for each side, letting ends branch out; make a chin strap from another pipe cleaner, and twist antlers around it to attach. For a sweater, cut off foot of crew or knee sock; slip calf section over dog, mark where front legs fall, then snip holes for legs. For a collar, tie on a ribbon and tuck in a fake holly sprig. Or cut a ribbon band to fit around neck and overlap; place it on dog; sew ends together, folding under raw edges.
Find the original post from Martha Stewart here.