Andrew Hunt

The sock monkey has become a fun craft project for parents and children to do together. The concept of the sock monkey is being able to take something as common as a sock, and turn it into something creative and fun. This presentation uses the same sock idea, but instead of making the common monkey, the directions explain how to make something new, an owl.

Step One

Collect your materials.

To make one sock owl, you will need:

1 Baby Sock, size 12-18 months
1 Felt Square
Thread (Same color as felt)
Yarn (Differing color than the thread)
Embroidery Thread
Toy Stuffing
Scraps of Material

Step Two

Select the baby sock you will be using (Fig. 1) and turn it inside out (Fig. 2) so the heel is facing up. (Fig. 3). The heel portion will be the owl's face in the final product.)

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Fig. 3

Step Three

Draw a line about an inch and a half above the toe (Fig. 1), and draw a u-shaped line at the top of the sock (Fig. 2).

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Cut along the newly drawn lines. Save the toe part of the sock that is being cut off.

Fig. 3

Step Four

With the needle and thread, sew the top of the sock together while the sock is still turned inside out.

When you have finished, turn the sock right side out.

You should have two points that will be the ears.

Step Five

Stuff the owl with the toy stuffing to make the shape for the body of the owl (Fig. 1). You may stuff the owl as little or as much as you like depending on how fat you want your owl (Fig. 2).

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Step Six

Sew the bottom of the owl together by tucking and sewing the bottom of the sock together.

Step Seven

Take the leftover toe portion of the sock, and cut it in half. These will be the owl feet.

With the toe inside-out, sew the long side of the halves together (Fig. 1). Turn the foot right side out, and finish stitching the shorter side together (Fig. 2).

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Repeat with the other half of the toe portion. These will be the owl's feet.

Step Eight

Sew the feet onto the bottom of the owl (Fig. 1 and 2).

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Step Nine

Next you will cut out the felt and material. You will be cutting out the wings and eyes of the owl (Fig. 1).

Depending on how long the body of the owl is, you will want to cut out two wings that fit on the side of your owl. Measure from the bottom of the owl's ear to the bottom of the owl's body. Cut out two wings from the felt to fit that measurement.

You will then cut out two pieces of material that are slightly smaller than the wings (Fig. 2).

Cut out two circles, big enough for a button to be sewn to, for the eyes (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Step Ten

Once the felt and material are cut out, you will sew the material onto the felt wings (Fig. 1). Use the yarn to sew on the material so that you can see the contrasting color between wing and material (Fig. 2).
Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Step Eleven

Attach the wing to the owl's body using the thread. Place the wing on the side of the body, lining up with the ear.

Starting at the bottom of the wing, sew the wing to the body of the owl. Repeat with the wing on the other side of the body.

Step Twelve

Attach the felt circle part of the eyes.

Using the yarn, take the needle through the side of the body (so that you cannot see the knot) and stitch the felt circle onto the face of the owl (Fig. 1).

You should be able to stitch on both owl eyes, then take the yarn out the opposite side of the body (Fig. 2).

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Step Thirteen

You will now attach the buttons onto the eyes.

Place the button on the felt circle on the owl's face.

Bring the yarn up from the bottom of the owl, and sew the button to the owl's face. Sew on the buttons by going in an out of the holes on the button (Fig. 1). Complete both eyes (Fig. 2).

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Step Fourteen

Using a pencil or light colored drawing utensil, draw a triangle on the face for the beak of the owl.

Using embroidery thread, stitch up and down the outline that you have drawn until you have filled the triangle.


Once the nose is complete, the owl is finished.

You can use the sock owl as a toy for children or pets, or you can make multiple owls for projects such as a baby mobile.