Created with the most basic stitches, these five easy projects are perfect for kids just learning how to sew.
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Turn a pair of socks into an irresistible plush character -- bunny, alien, monster, undefinable critter from your child's imagination -- with just a few simple lines of stitching.
Turn two kids' knee-high socks inside out. For ears (or hair) and legs, cut into both ends of one sock. Pin closed the two leg pieces, as shown above left. For the arms, trim the top 6 inches or so off the other sock. Cut up through its center and pin the cut sections as shown.
Using a needle and thread, sew the arms and legs shut with a simple running stitch, rounding the feet and hands. Leave a 1-inch opening unsewn in the center of the arms.
*Do not sew the center portion closed.
Turn both pieces right side out. Stuff the smaller section with fiberfill.
Stuff the legs and body, then slip the arms into place.
Add button eyes and facial features with embroidery floss. Stuff the head, then close up the top by wrapping clear elastic hair bands around the ears.
Originally published in the September 2013 issue of FamilyFun