stuffed stuff: Glove dolls

April 29, 2011

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Glove animals

Stuffed stuff: Glove dolls
Created and stuffed in April 2011

When I was younger, my mom was into Teddy Bears. But cute looking Teddy Bears like the ones by Steiff, could be very expensive. So she got me a book on how to make Teddy Bears so I could make them for her. (I inherited my grandma’s crafty skills, but my mom didn’t. :P ) That’s how I got into making plushes and making my own patterns for plushes.

Aside from my first Teddy Bear book, I have a couple of “how to make plush” books, but I rarely use them since I like making things that aren’t regular animals. But recently I had a chance to finally make a plush from one of the books I own. The book is called “Sock and Glove by Miyako Kanamori.” It’s originally a Japanese book but it’s also available in English now.

Sock and Glove book

It's like a picture book and how-to's, in one!

The basic idea of the book is to create plush dolls just from gloves and socks. I guess sock monkeys are popular in the U.S., but in this book it’ll show you how to make a bunny, a piggy, a cat, and so many more!

Sock and Glove book

This book has a how-to on each animal here. (and some clothes for them too!)

The book has a story about a dog and monkey doll in the beginning and shows various animals made from socks and gloves. It has instructions with photos and drawings for each step and it’s SUPER easy to follow. I LOVE LOVE LOVE a book that has instructions with a lot of photos!

Sock and Glove book

This is perfect for someone like me who would rather see the instructions than reading them. (a.k.a. just lazy)

Glove puppies by me

This is the puppy I made! Hehe so lumpy.

Glove puppies by me

The leg on the right is the index finger and the leg on the left is a pinky, so the length is different. But I don't care because it's so darn cute.

How easy you ask? Well, both Derek and I made one together a little while ago. He had NEVER sewn before this. I taught him how to tie a knot, how to stitch, pretty much everything. And three hours later, he had his very first plush he ever made! Everything was hand sewn and I think he did great for the first time making a plush.

Glove puppies by Derek

Derek's very first plush!

Glove puppies by Derek

So adorable :)

If you’ve never made plush dolls on your own, and have no idea what kind of fabric you should get, how to use a sewing machine and you just have no idea where to begin, this is a great book. The basic shape of each animal is already all in socks and gloves.

If you’re an avid plush maker, you can arrange their faces in many different ways, or dress it up by making clothes for a doll.

Glove bunny by me

A bunny I made. (Also from a pair of gloves)

Glove bunny by me

The instructions are basically the same as the dog, but I didn't decide to make it into a bunny until after I attached the tail. So she's got a long-ish tail.

I used the cheapest work gloves ($2.00 a pair) I could find nearby my place but you can use any gloves and socks. You can even recycle gloves or socks with holes in them by roughly patching them up. I did everything by hand but you can of course use a sewing machine on some parts.

I hadn’t made any regular animal plush ever since I was done making Teddy Bears for my mom (she basically told me to stop making them because she ran out of space for them) but this project was so much fun and very easy. And I LOVE the “home-made” look each doll has. It’s truly one of a kind.

Glove bunny by me

Hand stitches and the lumpy body makes me smile.

I often receive emails asking me how to make plush. Most of the plushes I make are from scratch, and I make my own patterns after a lot of trial and error. But that might not be the best way to start making a plush for a beginner. That’s why wrote this post. Making a plush can be very easy and you can still make a very unique plush doll on your own! I hope this post will encourage anyone to try making their own plush doll!

The book is available HERE on Amazon for less than $10. Make sure to check out the photos of everyone’s creations from the customers!

For more pictures of this plush, visit stuffed stuff: Glove dolls set!

You can also check out more stuffed stuff on my flickr.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Adam bNo Gravatar May 1, 2011 at 11:17 am

Very cool book, I would love to get a look at this and make some of these hand puppets from socks, my daughter would absolutely love these :)


AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar May 6, 2011 at 11:07 am

Adam b  
The great thing about this is the instructions for each animal has a step-by-step photo/image. You and your daughter can plan what kind of face to put on, what kind of clothes to make, etc… Also if your daughter is old enough to use a needle, this is a wonderful Sunday afternoon project.  

Hehe, make sure to email me when you make them!


AikoVenusNo Gravatar May 4, 2011 at 10:27 am

Aah, I remember how I used to make sock and glove dolls all of the time. You really want me to break out my needle and thread now.


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