March 11, 2010

Ahh... Real Monsters!- A Tutorial

So I thought I would venture out there and try my first tutorial. I have recently begun making Sock Monsters from the inspiration on this blog, A Cookie in Each Hand. I have just been making them for fun, as something to try. However my hubby, Chris, refuses to let them go! He wants me to make TONS to put in our future kids' rooms. It is quite cute... he is very attached to them.

But when it comes to tutorials I like the really detailed, visual ones because that is they way I learn best. So hopefully this will make sense to you all. But if you feel pretty confident the tutorial from the link above may be better suited for your "super" skills.

  • 1 pair of socks (must be mid calf to knee length)
  • batting (or some sort of stuffing)
  • Needle
  • Thread (I used embroidery floss that I had already)
  • Sharpie
  • Pins
  • felt- various colors for eyes and tummy
  • buttons- for eyes and tummy embellishments
  • embroidery floss- to sew on embellishments
*** I do not have a sewing machine (not yet!) so I hand stitched these... however they would be super easy to use the machine.

1. Flip the sock inside out. Grab the Heel section and fold it together like in the picture below. Should have three little "humps" from the heel to sew together in a straight line. Try to think about how it will look right-side out, you are trying to form two lips.

2. Sew up the Mouth (you can see it finished in the picture above). Then outline the top of your monster, like it's "ears" or "antennas". For this one I made them lopsided, or different heights, and more of a square shape, but you can do what ever you want (see other monsters at end for more ideas).

3. Sew along the outline you drew. Make sure to stitch small and close together so when you turn the sock right-side out it will not have big gaps. Also make sure to have good, strong knows at the ends.

4. Draw your outline for the legs too. It is Important to not draw a line connecting both legs (like in the groin area) because this is where you will stuff your monster.
5. Sew up the legs (with the same tight stitch) and make sure NOT to sew across the groin area to connect the legs! {I made that mistake once and it turned out...well... disastrous}

6. Cut just outside your outline (make sure not to snip any of your sewing). Also, although you did not sew in the groin area (sorry for using this word so much...haha) you need to cut across here.

7. Turn your sock Right side out and make sure the ears and legs are pushed out completely to their whole shape. A pen (with the cap on) can be helpful for doing this.

8. Take handfuls of the batting and stuff it into the monster, starting at the top. Work out the bumps as you go along. You can decide how much stuffing you want... maybe you want to have a cute chubby monster---so stuff it more!

9. Once the monster is all stuffed, take a matching thread and fold over raw edges of sock. Just do a simple loop stitch to close the monster all up. It's okay if it doesn't look perfect (my first ones were a bit rough) because its a MONSTER!
10. If you have really long socks (like these knee highs) you should have enough sock left over (from below the legs) to make the arms. If you don't just use your other sock. Repeat like ears and legs above by outlining your arms and then stitching along the outline.

11. Just like before, cut out the arms and flip them right side out.

12. Stuff the Arms with batting. Leave a little bit of the raw edge without stuffing so you can fold it over.
13. Fold over the raw edge of the arms. Thread needle through (with thread already knotted at end) from the inside of the arm to out, through both parts of the folded over hem. This way the end of the thread will be hidden inside the arm.
14. Place the arms where you want them. You can even pin them in place. Then just start with a loop stitch, grabbing a small part of the monsters body and you then go through arm too. (this gets easier with practice, you learn the tricks as you do it more)

15. Pick out the colors and buttons you want for your monsters eyes. Be creative here and add your own flare!
  • 1. sew button onto first layer of felt
  • 2. trim around button to form a circle
  • 3. sew first layer of felt on to the second layer. I used a contrasting color thread so it would show!
  • 4. (add the other buttons for other eye onto second layer). Trim around the eyes on second layer of felt.

16. Sew on the eye "patch" with a contrasting thread to make it stand out. I would just go down through the felt and into the body and back out both with the needle before pulling the thread through (like pictured above). When you get to end I would knot of your thread and then I used a pen to push the end of the thread underneath the eye "patch" to hide it.
17. Cut out a piece of felt for tummy (or you can just add buttons on chest for embellishments (like on my green and blue monster below). Pin the felt onto the monster and sew it on with contrasting thread, like with eye "patch".
18. YOU'RE DONE!! Congrats you have created your own sock monster.
19. Love and snuggle your monster...This step comes highly recommended from my Husband!
20. Make more monsters and introduce them to each other!

Hopefully this tutorial make sense... it is my first... so it may not be my best. If you have any tips to add, watch to share your creations or need any help, please feel free to email me: amandajones85(at)gmail(dot)com!

I hope you enjoy these monsters as much as my Husband and I have. It is fun to pick out the socks and embellishments and get creative. These also make pretty inexpensive gifts and are soooo lovable!

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  1. SO cute Amanda! (This is Elizabeth Leavitt, by the way...I found your link on facebook!) One of my goals this year is to make homemade gifts, so this is perfect! Maybe I'll make one for my little boy's birthday in September (he's turning 2, what?!). Love it, love it!

    Mind if I post a link to it on my blog?

  2. Thanks for the photo tutorial! I was so afraid to tackle the monster..but you've made me brave! (I saw your link on Somewhat Simple) Thanks!!

  3. Thank you so much for linking up today! I have been wanting to make one for my little man and have been looking around. I really like yours, so I think I'll have to find me some socks and give it a try!


  4. love those for my new grandbaby!

  5. SO cute Amanda. My fave tutes are the pudding pops and the lil' monsters... can I send in an order when we find out what we're having? Either monsters or headbands!!! :)

  6. Very cute. It is a great tutorial. I just started blogging too and am scared to do an actual tutorial, but you made it look easy, think I'll try. Thanks!

  7. that is such a great tutorial... Thanks for linking up to link up to check me out saturdays over at my blog

  8. oooh, my little one LOVES monsters right now, this would be perfect for him! :)
    we have a friday fun finds party... if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link up this week!

  9. Saw you from treasures for tots. Super cute. I will totally have to make one.


  10. Cute monsters. I love their faces and the stripes!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I really appreciate it!


  11. I love this! I'll have to try this with my kids!

  12. My Cousins are coming this summer and this is going to be a great project with them. I will have the monster body ready to go and they can help with the embelishments. Thank you so much for the great tutorial!!!!

  13. Wow! These are so stinkin' cute! I can't wait to make them, but I'm afraid I don't have any cute socks to use! Thanks for the great tutorial. I am pretty dense and pictures really help. -Brittany

  14. I love this idea and am trying to work on making one. But I am having the hardest time with the mouths--any suggestions? (

  15. i love the monsters. wanna try to sew one. thanks for the tutorial ^__^

  16. So cute. I will try to do this tutorial with my fifth graders on Monday- wish me luck.


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