Make a Doggy Sock Puppet
Make your own pet pal to love and play with at home.
Feathered, furry, or scaly, pets can bring lots of happiness to a home.
Follow along with artist Gemma Gottelier and have a go at making your own puppet pet pal with materials you can find around the house.
Gemma made a doggy, but you can make any pet you like - maybe an unusual one, or a made up one!
You will need
- an old sock, perhaps one of your socks has lost its pair…
- a scrap of fabric (or recycle some old clothing)
- buttons for eyes (or wiggly eyes, fabric, paper or card)
- a button for a nose (or a pompom, or a fabric scrap)
- a needle and thread (or glue)
- Sharpie or felt tip
1. The ears
Choose a fabric scrap for its ears. Fold the material in half.
Draw an ear shape.
Cut out the ear shape.
Unfold the fabric.
Cut two slits in the sock.
Thread the ears through the slits.
2. The eyes
Choose some old buttons for eyes. If you don't have buttons use fabric, or even paper or card.
Sew or stick the buttons on. A glue gun will keep buttons on longer than a glue stick.
You can add extra buttons like I did, but 2 buttons will also do!
Ta dah - your doggy has eyes!
3. The nose
Choose a button for the nose. Or you could use a pompom, or cut out some fabric in the shape of a dog's nose.
Sew or glue it on.
Your doggy sock puppet has a nose!
4. Finishing touches
All you need is your hand to bring it alive!
Well done your doggy sock puppet’s complete!
Dress it up with a lovely collar! I used an old bow tie, or you could use a hair band, bracelet or recycled fabric - or you may have other ideas!
How will you look after and play with your lovely doggy puppet at home?
What about giving it a name? Mine is called Buttons!
How does your doggy sound?
What do they like to do?
What about making them a cosy bed to sleep in? Or some food?
How about making a friend for your doggy to play with!