So, understandably, I'm always sad when it's time to pack her up.
Then this year, I thought why should I pack her up? I have angels all over the house, year round.
With a little alteration, I could make my own sock angel (on my crafty to do list for years ~ especially since I could never track down the lady who made them again!) and she could hang out with me every season!!
With a basic sock angel doll pattern and the right seasonal placement or accessories, the possibilities were truly endless.
Snowy Winter Angel
Cute Valentine Angel
Thanksgiving (or all year round) Give Thanks Angel
Traditional Christmas Angel
Hey, why stop there?
You get the idea.
Of course, my process started with a few pairs of white tube socks. I originally bought dollar store socks. No good...they were too thin, the weave was opening up and I knew right away they wouldn't work.
Here's the rest of the supplies I used. Some I purchased (with coupons of course), others I already had on hand in my craft cabinet.
I needed poly-fil, poly-pellets, moss, garland, buttons, wired ribbon (for wings), other ribbon (for adornment), thread, embroidery thread, felt, glue gun, buttons, paint, brushes and scissors.
The first step was to stuff the head with poly-fil. I used enough in the toe of the sock to create a nice, round head.
I tied it off with white thread to keep the stuffing in place.
In order to paint the heads, I stretched the sock over a one liter seltzer bottle. It was full to hold the weight of the stuffed sock. I used a fairly large bristle brush to apply a flesh colored craft paint. I did not use fabric paint.
Drying these suckers was the tricky part. I needed a way to suspend them, so I grabbed a clothespin banner, tied it to the handles of my desk cabinets and strung them up. They looked a little creepy, but it worked.
I left them overnight to completely set.
My kids were not happy about this.
In the morning, I stuffed the bottom half of the sock with more poly-fil and a few scoops of poly pellets for weight. I have to say this was a messy job. I have never worked with the pellets before and they can get everywhere if you're not careful.
I was not careful. At first anyway.
There was a definite learning curve. Eventually, I got smart.
I stitched the majority of the bottom up FIRST and then cut away the extra sock, so the pellets would not escape. Then I cut the rest away and finished the stitching. I used embroidery thread for a stronger hold.
To cover the seam, I added a small round felt circle to the bottom of the sock angel.
Now, I am sure there are other ways to do this craft, for example, stuffing from the bottom up and sewing up the head instead. That may even work better when it comes to those tricky pellets, but I am just sharing the process I followed.
Once the basic construction was done, I was able to have some fun!
I added moss to her head, a small halo from a cheap garland I picked up in the Christmas aisle, ribbon wings, a ribbon neck bow and button adornments on her sock "dress".
I used more craft paint and a very small brush to add eyes and a heart shaped mouth.
I have a new friend who can hang out with me all season long and I am thrilled.
I can't say that this is the easiest craft I have ever done, while not complicated, it was time consuming...especially since I made six of them.
It's also not a neat craft. The moss gets everywhere and sticks to the side of the glue gun. And your fingers. And the countertop. Next time - Ha! Next time - I would definitely make this little girl in a box, so the stray pellets and moss would all be contained. The paper I laid down to craft on was definitely not the best way to control the mess. Just a little tip...
Now, I am off to grab a cup of hot water, sweep up that moss and stare at my brand new sock angel for a bit.
And enjoy that fact that I will not putting her away!
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