This sweet snuggly sock sloth makes the perfect gift!
- a pair of one size fits all chenille socks
- 5mm safety eyes (recommended) OR normal buttons for eyes
- plain black safety eye (7-15 mm) OR a suitably sized button for a nose
- small pieces of white, grey and navy felt (or colours to match your socks)
- embroidery floss for stitching on facial features
- 4 small strong circular magnets, about 5mm diameter (optional)
- matching thread
- sewing machine
- sewing needles
- water-soluble fabric marker
Note: Always use safety eyes on toys for children under 3. Regular buttons are a choking hazard.Click here for the sloth template
Finished size: About 40cm in height
Note: When shaping your sloth roll the arms and legs with both hands to even out the lumps.
- Trace and cut out the facial features in felt and put them to one side.
- With the socks inside out, align and pin the stripes and position the heel of the sock as shown on the
template. Mark the cutting and stitching lines from the template onto the socks.
- Sew the socks according to the dashed lines and cut according to the solid lines. Keep the leftover
sock fabric to wrap the magnets if using on the hands and feet OR cut circular pieces of felt to cover the magnet when stitching them onto the limbs.
- Trace 12 claws onto felt, cut out, then lay them onto a second layer of felt. Pin in place and topstitch the two claw layers together with the sewing machine, leaving about 3mm all around the edge of the claw EXCEPT the opening of the claw that needs stuffing. Cut out the claws. Stuff them, making sure to push the stuffing carefully into the tip of the claw first.
- Join the claws in groups of three, sewing together as indicated in the diagram on the template with zigzag
lines. Note: Because the claws of the sock sloth are arched you need to make sure that the claws are inserted correctly into the opening of the legs. With the body and legs piece still inside out, and the back
- Sew to join the claws to the legs and arms and then turn all the parts right-side out and stuff, keeping the lower arms and legs more firmly stuffed than the uppers. Sew to close all openings EXCEPT the head.
- Next, position and stitch the white eye felt pieces on the face piece where marked on the template. Note: If you are using safety eyes for the eyes and nose you will need to create small holes through the felt and
insert the eyes and nose first to make it easier to push the safety eye pins through the felt AND the sock fabric. If you are using normal buttons this doesn’t apply as you can sew the buttons on after closing up the head.
- Position the felt face piece slightly lower than centre on the head and sew it on with blanket stitch. FOR SAFETY EYES: Stitch the main face piece on halfway, secure eyes through all layers of fabric and then sew the rest of the face on. FOR NORMAL BUTTONS: Sew to attach the eye button at the top half
of the white felt for each eye.
- Position the navy eye marking (eyelid) on the face with the bottom half of the white circle of felt and button eye exposed through the opening. Sew on with blanket stitch.
- Sew the nose button on and embroider the smiling mouth on the face.
- Handstitch the head to the body, stitching in roughly the position a neck would be, keeping the circle small so that the head can be easily turned. Finally, attach the arms.
- Spray water on the face to erase the water-soluble markings.
- If using magnets either enclose them in the leftover sock fabric and stitch those to the palms of hands and soles of feet, or cut a circle of felt, stitch in position on hands and feet and slide the magnet in before sewing closed completely using blanket stitch.
Note: Take care to pair the magnets correctly so that they attract each other.
PHOTO: DYLAN SWART
Magazine issue date: March, 2018