You Will Need ...
  1. Sock

  2. Rubberbands (large and small)

  3. Scissors

  4. Stuffing: Polyfill, beans, rice

  5. Markers

  6. Glue

  7. Decorative items: felt, ribbon, glitter, sequins, pipe cleaner, googly eyes

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Step 1: 

This craft can be made into almost any animal or critter imaginable. Essentially you stuff the sock with your stuffing of choice, and use rubber bands to create segmented body parts. You can choose to cut the sock to the specific size of creature you're interested in, or you can use the entire length of the sock. I will show you how to make a stuffed kitty as it reveals all the different segmenting options.

Step 2: 

Take your stuffing and stuff the sock to form the head of the cat.

Step 3: 

Then using a rubber band, tie the bottom of the head segment so the stuffing stays in place.

Step 4: 

Next, pinch a little bit of the sock at the top of the head. This will become the kitten's ear. Use another smaller rubber band, to tie the ear segment in place. Repeat this step for the other ear.

Step 5: 

To make the cat body, stuff more of the Polyfill into the sock until the body has achieved the fluffy fullness you are hoping for. Again, seal this segment closed by tying a rubber band around the bottom of the body.

Step 6: 

To complete the cat, repeat the steps you used to make the ears, only instead create little paws. Remember, pinch a segment, wrap a little rubber band, pinch, wrap, pinch, wrap... you get the idea!

Step 7: 

Go ahead and decorate away! With the assistance of some glue, you can add eyes, clothes, felt, pipe cleaner whiskers... just about anything to make your animal come alive!

Step 8: 

If you don't have stuffing, you can also use beans! Here is an example of how to make a bean-stuffed owl. You'll need a small cup of beans, scissors, rubber bands, and your sock.

Step 9: 

Cut the bottom of the sock off, as that is all you will need to create the owl's round body.

Step 10: 

Then pour the small cup of beans inside the sock pouch, and seal the segment with a rubberband, just as you saw with the other segmented body parts of the previous stuffed animals.

Step 11: 

You can trim the top part exposed beyond the rubber band if you would like.

Step 12: 

Just as you made the cat ears and paws by pinching pieces of the sock and securing them with tiny rubberbands, you can do the same to create the owl's lil' horns.

Step 13: 

Just as you would with our other stuffed critters, go ahead and decorate to your heart's content!

Step 14: 

Here's the owl I made!

Recycled: 
Fodder
Supervision: 
1 adult per 10 children
Variations: 

The possibilities for animals, monsters, and other creatures are endless! Here are some examples.

Variation Photos: