This sock snail craft is perfect if you’ve been looking for ways to repurpose those old socks. It’s a great introduction to sewing for beginners and kids as it doesn’t require many skills.
Our snail craft encourages reusing old fabric and creativity!
Washing machines are notorious for swallowing up socks, so ending up with a bunch of socks without a pair is a common occurrence in most if not all households. Why throw them away, when you can use them up for a fun project such as this one?
Want your kids to learn how to draw a snail? Our guided tutorial allows them to learn how to draw it independently, making it perfect for today’s craft.
How to Make the Sock Snail Craft
What you need:
- socks (we used yellow and purple, but any color will do)
- doll eyes (optional, you can sew on the eyes or just use a black marker)
- fiberfill (you can also use scrap fabric)
- hot glue (optional, you can sew it instead)
- black fabric
Step by Step Tutorial
Take an old yellow sock and turn it inside out.
Trace the sock down the line as shown.
See how we stopped near the toes-part? We will need that part stitch-free.
Start sewing it from the sock’s heel.
Follow the line you drew with your pencil and continue sewing almost to the toes.
We need a hole where the toes sock part is, so we can fill the body with our stuffing later.
Cut the sock above the line that you sew.
Turn over the sock (inside out), so the stitches will stay hidden.
We just got ourselves a neat snail body shape from the sock.
Mark where you’re going to place the doll eyes.
Cut two little slots to place the eyes for the snail.
You will push the eyes through the holes you made in the previous step.
See how it looks from the inside.
Put stuffing inside of the snail to create a strong body shape.
You are now going to sew up its body all the way.
Now it’s time to move on to the shell of the snail.
Turn the sock inside out.
We need to sew the sock in the same way as we did with the snail’s body.
This time we won’t leave a hole where the toes would be because we’ll stuff the snail’s shell from the top part of the sock.
Start sewing the sock where the toes would be.
Go all the way to the heal and sew further.
Sew it all to the top part of the sock.
Turn the sock inside out and start stuffing the snail’s shell.
Once you have it stuffed, you can sew the sock up!
Cut off the excess thread.
Use hot glue and start applying it where you started your stitches.
Roll it up like a snail’s shell.
Continue applying hot glue and repeat the rolling process.
Add more glue and roll until it looks like a snail’s shell.
Our snail needs tentacles.
Take the leftover yellow fabric.
Cut out two strips.
Start sewing them up.
We need two tentacles.
Cut out a small piece of black fabric for the mouth.
The mouth can be as small or large as you’d like!
Add a little amount of hot glue to the mouth.
Glue the mouth onto the snail’s face.
Sew the tentacles on top of the head.
Add hot glue to the top part of the snail’s body.
Apply the shell to the snail.
The sock snail craft is easy to make; anyone can do it!
And it looks fabulous!
Don’t you agree?
Make as many as you like with different sock colors!
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