Sock Frogs

Silly sock frogsWhen I made the first sock frogs it didn’t occur to me that they’d be such a hit. There’s just something about those large silly smiles that induces people to smile back at them.

I chose the cheap nylon womens socks because (mainly) there’s a lot of eye appeal in the colors and patterns.

First things first I suppose. Ankle socks are more readily available in two and three packs, but the drawback is that it may take both socks from a pair to make a single frog. To see if I could do it, I tried eeking out the purple striped frog from a single ankle sock– I did it, but not without some difficulty, had I needed to recut a piece I would have had to sacrifice the 2nd sock.

sock, embroidery scissors, tatting thread, matching sewing thread, poly-filStart by gathering your supplies. You’ll need quilting or sewing pins, a disappearing ink marker, a pair of scissors, polyfil, matching sewing thread, tatting thread (okay fine, other threads will work but tatting thread is the best), assorted needles and embroidery thread.

Start by fluffing the poly-fil and stuffing the very toe of the sock taking care not to over stuff (these are cheap socks, too much stuffing will reveal the poly-fil through the fabric.)

running stitch around the base of the frog body

With your tatting thread put a running stitch around the sock where the stuffing ends. Do not tie knots, just leave the ends dangling, you’ll need those ends in a little bit.

cutting the sock 1/2 inch below the stitch line

Then carefully cut away the sock about 1/2 inch below the stitch line. When sock is cut away, gently tighten the tatting thread and redistribute the fabric so that it eases in towards the center fairly evenly. Tie the ends now keeping that tension and tuck and stuffing barf and the raw edges inside so that what you have looks more or less something like this:

raw edges are tucked in

Time for a little machine sewing! Take that bit that you just cut off and grab that disappearing marker. Flip the sock remnant wrong side out and draw four webbed feet. Do not cut out the feet yet! Secure the fabric so it won’t slip, and with small straight stitches go right over your marks.

machine stitching the frog feetOnce that’s finished trim the seams to a scant 1/8th inch and turn them them right side out.

frog feetIt is not necessary to stuff the feet. Merely turning in (at the ankles? If that’s the appropriate word for this part of the frog anatomy– I just don’t know) will be sufficient.

frog eyesFollow the same process for the eyes. These do need to be turned and stuffed, before adding a little running stitch around the base of each to allow a little gathering and the tucking in of the raw edges.

frog eye turned, stuffed, stitched and tuckedTime to figure out where everything goes. I found that by using quilting pins I can play around with the positioning of the eyes and feet before committing to anything.

marking the position with a disappearing ink markerMark the position of the pin, and you can replace the eye back into the right spot.

eye sewn into placeUsing the matching thread, ladder stitch the eyes into place.

Repeat the process with the placement of the feet.

frog feet

Now cut the bottom of the heel to cover the bottom.

sock frog bottom cover

Tuck the raw edge under and ladder stitch it into place.

frog bottom

To make the mouth I simply follow the line of the toe seam and shape the mouth with stitches.

frog mouth shapingJust like a ladder stitch but catching the seam under the needles before going to the other side to make the lips stand up a little more. Pull firmly but not tight (as this is just sewing thread and will snap easily.)

mouth

At last its time for the eye details. If you aren’t sure of your embroidery skills go ahead and use a bead or some fabric paint. I used a simple backstitch and a french knot in black embroidery thread.

frog eye embroideryAnd here he is:

finished sock frog

11 Responses to “Sock Frogs”

  1. Fabulous!
    Thank you so much for this tutorial.
    I have been making “bean bag” type frogs for YEARS … started when my girls were in elementary school. They are in their 40’s now and I still make them frogs! (‘Cuz they ask for them!) These are going to be a great big surprise for them.
    Marcia in CA

  2. Hi Wendy!

    So glad you’re feeling better. You are a gem to make up this tutorial My daughter is into sock creatures and I’ve been directing her over to your site for ideas and your tutorials. Me? I just love reading your stuff!

    Best,

    Victoria

  3. Thank you so very much for making this tutorial, even though you were sick…you must be a very special person. I appreciate it so much…You have a great imagination!

    Hope you are up and feeling better really soon!
    Marilyn Gray
    southernlady582003@yahoo.com

  4. Love, love, love the frogs! I am a sock-aholic and just love things made from them….and I love frogs too.

    Hugs, Judi

  5. These are so clever! Thank you for sharing

  6. Love the sock frogs. My DD has collected frogs for years. She will absolutely love these. They are so adorable.

  7. Can these be made at any size. I have been looking for something to do to get back into doll making.because I live in such a small space. Can these be sold or would you rather them be gifts? Annette Jackson showstammyblue@yahoo.com

  8. Can these be made in any size? I have been looking for something to do to get back into doll making. Can these be sold for children?

  9. COOOOOOl loving these frogs, just made pigs, ponies and am in the middle of cats and I work in a special needs school and there classrooms are all referred to as different coloured frogs (red, yellow frogs etc.), so they will love these as there mascots……thankyou for the idea love them :0)

  10. I’m so glad you have a use for them. I would love to see pictures when you’re done.

  11. I definitely will Wendy again thankyou :0)

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