This soft toy couldn’t be easier to make as it is designed from knitted and fabric rectangles.
Height from top of head to feet: 35cm
You will need
• 2 pairs of striped socks
• template (see below)
• oddment of orange corduroy fabric
• scraps of cream, white and black felt
• 1 x 50g ball of orange DK yarn
• pair of 4mm knitting needles
• polyester toy stuffing
• matching coloured thread
• red, white and blue embroidery thread
• dressmaker‘s pencil
• fabric glue
Cut open the socks down the centre back to the heel and down the sole to the toe section. Press flat so you have one piece of fabric. Enlarge the grid template to the actual size and cut out. From the striped sock fabric, cut out two ear pieces, two arm pieces, two leg pieces and two rectangles 15cm x 8cm for the pants. From the corduroy cut out two ear pieces, two arm pieces and two leg pieces. For the face, cut out the cream felt for the background, two white circles for the eyes and a small black circle and cross for the eyes.
Body (make two pieces)
Using 4mm Ns, c/on 40 sts.
Work 4 rows in g st.
Starting with a k row, work in st st until the work measures 19cm from the beg, ending with a p row.
1st row: k2, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last 4 sts, k2 tog, k2 [38 sts].
2nd row: p.
Rep these 2 rows 5 more times [28 sts]. C/off these 28 sts.
Place one striped sock piece and one corduroy fabric piece with right sides facing to make a pair. Machine-stitch around the outer edge of the ear, leaving the lower edge open. Turn to the right side through the opening. Stuff the ear with polyester toy stuffing, using the knitting needle to push the stuffing into the area. Close the lower edge with a few hand stitches. Repeat for the other ear.
Arms and legs
Work exactly as given for the ears.
1 Place one knitted body piece on a flat surface so the wrong side of the knitting is uppermost. Take the lower side of the ear with the hand-stitched edge and place it on the top of the head so the cast-off edge and fabric align. Tack the ear in place. Repeat for the other ear.
2 Place an arm on each side of the body, so the hand-stitched edge aligns with the side edge of the knitting. Place the arms in the side centre. Now, in exactly the same way, attach the legs to the body at the cast-on edge.
3 Turn the knitted piece over to the right side. Place the other piece of knitting on top so both pieces have the right side facing. Starting at the lower side edge, machine stitch up the side, over the head and down the other side. Make sure the arms and ears are caught in the seam. Turn the body through to the right side though the open lower edge.
4 Stuff the body with polyester stuffing, using a knitting needle to push the stuffing into the top of the head. Neatly hand-stitch the opening at the lower edge.
5 With right sides facing, place the two rectangles together for the pants. Machine-stitch the two side edges closed so the rectangles form a tube. With the right side of the pants and the right side of the body together, tack the lower edge of the pants around the lower edge of the body. Machine stitch the pants to the body; the top of the legs must be caught in this seam to secure them.
6 Fold the right side of the pants over the seam allowance at the lower edge. Press a hem along the top edge of the pants for the waist edge. Using the blue embroidery thread, work two large cross-stitches at the front and back of the waist, inserting the needle into the knitted body to hold the pants in place.
7 Using fabric glue, stick the black centre of the eyes to the white felt eyes. Sew the eyes to the cream felt face using white running stitches. Draw a smiling mouth with the dressmaker‘s pencil and, following the line, embroider it with small neat backstitches using the red embroidery thread. Place the face onto the body and handstitch it in place with large red running stitches.
Use the fabric glue sparingly so that it doesn’t seep out through the felt and spoil the work. Buttons can be used instead of felt eyes, if you prefer.