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Make a Doggy Sock Puppet

Make your own pet pal to love and play with at home.

Doggy Sock Puppet

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
  • scissors 
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1. The ears

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Choose a fabric scrap for its ears. Fold the material in half.

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Draw an ear shape.

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Cut out the ear shape.

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Unfold the fabric.

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Cut two slits in the sock.

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Thread the ears through the slits.

2. The eyes

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Choose some old buttons for eyes. If you don't have buttons use fabric, or even paper or card.

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Sew or stick the buttons on. A glue gun will keep buttons on longer than a glue stick.

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You can add extra buttons like I did, but 2 buttons will also do! 

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Sewing.

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More sewing.

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Ta dah - your doggy has eyes!

3. The nose

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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.

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Sew or glue it on.

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Your doggy sock puppet has a nose

4. Finishing touches

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All you need is your hand to bring it alive! 

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Well done your doggy sock puppet’s complete!

Doggy Sock Puppet

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! 

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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!