Who doesn’t love a pair of cozy, fuzzy socks, right? You are going to love them even more after Kathleen George works her magic today and turns fuzzy socks into the sweetest, DIY, Teddy Bear Sock Ornaments. Guys, these are adorable, right down to the tip of their stocking caps! Be sure to make extras – when your friends and family see these cuties, they will want their own Teddy Bear Sock Ornaments. (Or, tell them to follow Crafts ‘n Coffee and DIY their own 😉
To make Teddy Bear Sock Ornaments, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3″ ball
- Fuzzy socks in brown or cream (you can also use old gloves)
- Patterned sock for scarf and hat
- Brushed felt or fur trim in white, ½” x 7” strip
- Black felt, tiny scrap
- Googly eyes, ¼”
- Half-round, 8mm bead in black
- Pompom (to coordinate with hat)
- Ribbon, ¼” x 8” (hanger)
- Blush or chalk in pink
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; twist tie; nail scissors or other pointed tool; needle & thread; tapestry needle; optional: sewing machine
To make Teddy Bear Sock Ornaments:
1. With the sharp pencil, make a ¾” diameter hole in the top of the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. If your sock is especially fuzzy, you might need to make the hole a little deeper.
2. Cover your ball with fabric:
- Cut down one side of your sock (or glove) and spread out the fabric, wrong side up.
- Place the foam ball in the center of the fabric, with the hole facing up.
- Pull the sock fabric up and around the ball, and secure with a twist tie at the top.
- Cut off the extra fabric just above the twist tie.
- Remove the twist tie, and squeeze some glue into the hole in the foam ball.
- Tuck the fabric down into the hole, using the nail scissors or another pointed tool.
- Stretch the fabric up and over the ball as you go, pulling it smooth without wrinkles.
- As you tuck in the fabric, keep the folds evenly spaced around the hole.
3. Add ears:
- Using the pattern, cut out four ears.
- With right sides together, sew the pairs together with a ¼” seam.
- Trim seam and turn right side out.
- Run a bead of glue along the bottom edge, and glue to the side of the bear’s head (see photo).
- Secure with pins while glue dries.
4. Glue on googly eyes and nose. Cut tiny mouth from black felt and glue in place.
5. Make the hat:
- Using pattern, cut out the hat from the patterned sock.
- Fold hat lengthwise with right sides together.
- Stitch a ¼” seam along the long edge.
- Turn hat right side out and check the fit on bear’s head.
- If hat is super stretchy and too big for the bear, stich again with a wider seam.
- Glue hat to the bear’s head, and if needed, use pins to hold it in place while the glue dries.
- Trim the hat with a ½” x 7” strip of brushed white felt or faux fur.
- Glue a pompom on the tip.
7. Make the scarf:
- Cut a 1-3/4” x 12” strip from the decorative sock.
- Fold strip in half lengthwise, with the right sides together.
- Stitch a very small seam along the long edge.
- Turn right side out.
- Tie scarf around the middle of the bear.
8. Blush cheeks and ears with blush or pink chalk.
9. Thread tapestry needle with ¼” ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the fabric at the center top of head, and knot ends.
Adorable, right? Kathleen also shared with us her cute, Polar Bear Sock Ornament.
Kathleen’s Christmas Sock Ornaments are even easier, and a true classic! Better yet, they’re made with socks picked up at the dollar store.
Did you know that yesterday, November 14, was National Teddy Bear Day. Who knew! What a sweet coincidence. We’ll celebrate a little more on Friday . . . See you then!