Crafting is a good way to get busy while having fun. There are numerous projects available that utilize recyclable materials, so you end up saving the environment while being creative at the same time. Here is an easy tutorial on how to make yourself a cute Seal plushie from old, unused socks and gloves.
What you’ll need
- 1 White Sock
- 1 White Fabric Glove
- 2 Rubber bands (preferably white)
- Stuffing (as many as needed)
- 1 Strip of fabric, 1/2-inch thick (preferably fleece)
- 2 Black Buttons
- Small amount of sherpa
- 1 black pom-pom (small)
- Fabric glue
- Fabric paint in soft pink (optional)
- Turn your sock inside-out and gather the fabric near the toe seam tightly using a rubber band.
- Turn it back outside-in and fill it with your stuffing.
- Once you have your sock filled-in, tie the cuff end with another piece of rubber band, making sure to leave about 2 inches of the fabric.
- Flatten the cuff and glue both sides together.
- Cut the cuff down the middle until the area where the rubber band is tied. Now your seal has flippers!
- Glue your buttons to the opposite end of the sock. This will form your plushie’s eyes.
- Gather a small amount of Sherpa and glue them below the eye buttons, forming your seal’s mouth.
- For the nose, stick your black pom-pom on top of the Sherpa.
- Tie your strip of fabric around your sock, positioning it near where your seal’s face is and glue it in place.
- Get your white fabric glove and cut off two of the fingers in half — these will be your plushie’s legs.
- Attach them right below where you put your seal’s fabric scarf.
- For added appeal, you may put on blushing cheeks to your seal using a light amount of fabric paint in soft pink.
And now you have an adorable seal plushie, perfect as a gift or as a table companion! You can create as many as you want and can even go crazy with embellishments, or take it a step further by creating colorful seals using printed socks and gloves.
The sky is the limit with the projects you can do with unused materials. These are also great ways to teach family and friends the importance of recycling and the beauty of turning something old into something new!by