Sock Dog

It takes only an afternoon and some very basic sewing skills to turn a pair of stray socks into a cuddly canine -- and what's better than getting a puppy for Christmas?


The colors and patterns of the socks you choose will help inspire the breed: We turned long, brown striped socks into a basset hound disguised as a member of Santa's team, and black-and-white checked 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.

What You'll Need


  • Pair of socks
  • Stuffing needle and thread
  • Pipe cleaners (for tail, ears, and antlers)
  • Large button with two holes or a pom-pom (for nose) 2 small buttons (for eyes)


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    Turn one sock inside out. Cut off the cuff. The calf section becomes the legs; the more you cut off, the shorter the legs will be. (If you're using an anklet, there's no need to cut it off; your dog will have stubby legs.) The toe becomes the neck.

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    Flatten this sock with heel on top. Cut from ankle to beginning of heel. Sew sides to make back legs (leave an opening at the center to insert the stuffing).

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    Turn sock right side out and add stuffing. Stretch and shape as you stuff to form the body and the back legs.

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    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.

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    Cut the second sock into parts as shown. (If you're using an anklet, cut off the thin cuff, and cut off the toe -- it will become legs, ears, and tail in step 9.)

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    Slip the head piece over the neck, and sew in place. Add stuffing.

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    To make the snout, turn edges of head piece in, making a curve, and stitch shut.

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    For floppy ears (such as the basset hound's), 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.

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    For an anklet, cut toe as shown. Sew ears as in step 8, inserting pipe cleaners for perky ears (like the Scottie's) before sewing to head.

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    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.

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    Turn tail piece inside out; sew sides, leaving bottom open. Turn right side out; stuff or insert pipe cleaner. Sew on.

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    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.

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    Add finishing touches: For antlers, twist 3 or 4 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.

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