How to make a sock snake

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I promised my cousin I would write a quick blog entry on how to make a sock snake so here it is.
How to make a sock snake

To start with you need a pile of socks or sock ends. I make lots of sock animals www.sockanimalsandfriends.co.uk so having a pile of sock snake parts was easy for me.
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It does not really matter what colour or pattern though I mostly had stripes. It also doesn’t matter if each part isn’t the same length but I would make the socks the same size so that the width is more or less the same. I stacked my sock tube parts up then and got my sewing machine ready.
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To sew each part together I folded one sock tube inside another making sure the right sides were together. Then pin the raw edges together.
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Once the two parts are pinned together you can sew as neatly as possible around the tube.
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I did this from the inside as you can see. Removing the pins carefully as you sew around the tube. I didn’t bother zigzagging the edges of the join but I did whizz round a second time to make the seam strong.
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Now simply repeat this process until you have the length you want. I should note that I started with a sock toe so this could be the snake tail.
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I simply kept going and going as we wanted a lovely long snake. Once you have finished the length choose another sock toe section for the head. I used my scissors to cut a neat hole in the toe that I will sew up later for the mouth.
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Stuffing was not as easy as other animals and I had to roll the whole snake back in on itself to start stuffing it’s tail. I use lovely soft toy stuffing which I buy in bulk from eBay. It’s proper safety fire regulation tested too which is good. You can buy this type of soft toy stuffing from most fabric stores. I know big stores like Dunelm also sell it.
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Once snake was stuffed I cut a length of ribbon and sewed the opening closed with the ribbon in the middle. I did this in a straight line not gathering. After I had sewn the sock closed I created a mouth by pushing the end of the sock in and sewing it closed with a running stitch along the edge. Running stitch being just in and out. It created this lovely ridge.

The eyes are pieces of felt bought at a local fabric shop. I craft glue them into place then sew them on. There you have it. Lovely long sock snake.
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