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Sock Angel Doll For Every Season

December 21, 2016

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Make a super sweet sock angel doll for any season or occasion.

Follow the easy DIY directions to create a treasure of your own and one that works for anytime of the year.

Sock Angel Doll Sitting on the counter with crocheted snowflake

 Many years ago, on one of those lazy, hazy Saturdays, before kids, I found myself wandering around a local craft fair, in search of something fun for Christmas.

I came across a woman selling the most darling Christmas sock angels, so I scooped one up.

It's been true love ever since...from both the perspective of a holiday decor junkie and a crafting enthusiast.

She's a genius little creation and one of the items that makes Christmas feel like Christmas in my home.

Sock Angel Doll on the fireplace

 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.

DIY Sock Angel Pattern For All Seasons Pin graphic

 Snowy Winter Angel

Winter Snow Sock Angel

 Cute Valentine Angel

Valentine Sock Angel Doll

Country Kitchen Angel

Country Kitchen Sock Angel Doll

Thanksgiving (or all year round) Give Thanks Angel

Give Thanks Sock Angel Doll

Traditional Christmas Angel

Christmas Sock Angel Doll

Hey, why stop there?

Add a diploma for a Graduate Angel, a tiny teddy bear for a Welcome Baby Angel, a veil for a Bridal Angel, a small gift for a Birthday Angel.

You get the idea.

How To Make A Sock Angel Doll

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.

Two pairs of white athletic socks on a table

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.


Buttons - These are darling!
Wired ribbon (for wings)
Ribbon (for adornment)
Embroidery thread
Glue gun
and Scissors

Supplies To Make A Sock Angel

1. Fill

The first step was to stuff the head with Poly-fil.

I used enough in the toe area of the sock to create a nice, round head.

Stuffing A Sock To Make A Sock Snowman Or Angel

2. Tie

I tied it off with white thread to keep the stuffing in place.

Using thread to craft a sock angel

3. Paint

In order to paint the heads, I stretched the sock over a one liter seltzer bottle.

It was a full bottle so it would 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.

Placing a sock over a bottle to make it easier to paint

4. Dry

Drying these suckers was the tricky part.

I needed a way to suspend them, so I grabbed a clothespin banner I had in my stash, 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.

Drying painted craft dolls upside down on a string

5. Stuff

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.

Psst...I got even smarter when I made my adorable sock snowman and devised a quick trick. It was also a great project for my unused dollar store socks. 

6. Sew

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.

Sewing up the bottom of a sock

7. Glue

To cover the seam, I added a small round felt circle to the bottom of the sock angel.

Adding Felt To The Bottom Of Sock Dolls

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 used based on the doll I had at home.

Once the basic construction was done, I was able to have some fun!

8. Decoate

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".

Sock doll almost completed

I used more craft paint and a very small brush to add eyes and a heart shaped mouth.

Christmas Sock Doll completed in front of a tree

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!

Do you craft with socks?

Hey check out my other sock angel! This one's an ornament.

sock angel ornament

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  1. She is adorable! I have never crafted with socks but seeing what you created makes me think I would like to try it. son would say the same thing your kids did...Creepy!

    1. It was so funny, Karen...they actually shudders when they walked by! Ha! They liked the finished product much better. And thanks...I say give it a try, it was fun. :)

  2. too cute.. next year this will be my gift to the staff.. thanks so much for the great idea and instructions.

    1. Oh thanks so much for the comment, Sonny!! I am glad you liked it. :)

  3. These are the cutest little dolls ever! Merry Christmas!!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    1. Thanks so much Ricki!! I had fun making them…well, except for that messy hair!! ;)

  4. Very sweet angel, Kim. I haven't made anything with socks, but I've seen some really cute snowmen made from socks, sock monkeys and a dachshund on Pinterest. I think it would be fun to try. Keep creating, my friend. Hugs, Nancy

    1. A dachshund, eh? Now that sounds like fun!! You're so creative, I bet you would come up with a great looking sock pal. I have seen the snowmen, too, and always wanted to make one. I guess I will have to try that one next! Thank goodness snowmen don't have hair!! ;)

  5. Kim these are so darling. Love them. Super Cute! I am not crafty like you to make these!!!! I love having Angels out all year round too.
    Merry Christmas.

    1. You have an angel collection extraordinaire, Kris, and from true artisans…just beautiful!! :)
      Merry Christmas!!

  6. Cute idea! She looks so sweet. How ambitious of you to make six at once!

    1. Ambitious or crazy...that is what I was asking myself last night, AnnMarie!! ;)

  7. A sweet angel indeed. I am pinning. :-)
    I like how you shared that we can have angles in our home year around. :-)
    Merry Christmas!!

    1. Thanks Carla!! I have six angels in my kitchen right now…and yet I never thought about keeping that one out all year long. I guess I just classified her as a Christmas angel and that was that. I am excited to have her around all year. I feel like a little girl with a new dolly now! ;)
      Merry Christmas!!

  8. This is the cutest craft ever! I love, love this idea, Kim. Beautiful! Merry Christmas! xxx Maria

  9. Hi Kim, wow you made the cutest sock angel! Thanks for the tutorial and I pinned as I would love to make one for next year.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks so much, Julie!! I love being pinned and Merry Christmas to you, too!! xoxo

  10. These are so lovely, and great that you can make them to fit so many seasons and time of the year.

    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas

    All the best Jan

    1. Jan, thank you so much. Merry Christmas to you, too!! :)

  11. Love these sock angels....and I do believe i could make one for myself. I also think one for every season would be a good idea too..You know you are just too darn crafty! Wishing you and your family a happy and blessed Christmas

    1. Thanks so much, Cathy…and you could totally make one! She’s just time consuming. And a bit messy! ;)

  12. What a cutie, and the variations are endless. Thanks for sharing the tutorial :)

    1. Thanks Kathleen! I think she's sweet and I'm glad you like her! :)

  13. I have a pattern in a craft book for an animal crafted out of a sock but I really like your angel though! At some point the plan is to make something out of a sock with my little one.

    1. I have always wanted to make sock snowmen and bought the socks with them in mind, but that angel has been on my to do list forever, so I went for it. Animals sound like fun, too. I can see your daughter making a good friend! ;)

  14. Hi Kim,
    I have never seen a sock angel before...they are so stinkin' cute! I think it's the perfect decoration/craft to leave out all year long too!
    I have made puppets before out of socks...
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas! Hugs, Kimberley

    1. It's been a long time, but I have made sock puppets, too. Good memories!! :) Happy New Year!

  15. Oh, that's a very sweet craft!

  16. She's just way too adorable, I don't think I could have one. I'd be wanting o take her to bed with me every night and well, it might just get a little kinky :/.

    Merry Christmas Kim!


    1. You always make me laugh, Doreen! Happy New Year!! :) xoxo

  17. I like her! Nice work! I think I'd probably use the tiny DT pebbles instead of the pellets. Much easier to work with, but they'd make a bumpy dress. next idea... I love your projects. Definitely room for innovation, if a body simply can't stand to make something completely according to instruction! ;-)

    1. Now I have to go look up DT pebbles, because those pellets are a pain to work with. I'm glad you like her and my you said, definitely just a guide! :)

  18. Clarissa never looked prettier! ;) Love this idea! Her little buttons and heart shaped mouth are the cutest. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, my friend! xoxo

    1. You are the queen of names, Lisa! Thank you for bestowing a sweet one upon her. I hope your Christmas was merry and bright. All the best in 2017!! :) xoxox

  19. Very cute sock angel. I love the picture of all of them hanging in your kitchen. Happy New Year.

    1. Thanks, Lorri!! Hahah...those heads in my kitchen made me laugh, too! ;)

  20. One of the things I missed! OMG, cuteness-overload! I have tons of old socks in our dryer drawer! Thanks!

    1. Thank you, Vel! I am kind in love with her, too!! I feel like a kid on Christmas morning with a new dolly!!

  21. what about making these for toys i have pretty much figured out how but not sure what to use for hair.

    1. That would be so cute...but yes, the hair. The moss would not work. They do sell doll hair, but I've never worked with it. Good luck and keep us posted! 😊

    2. Yarn for the hair..when I made some puppets for my LO in the hospital I put a knot at the end to keep it from pulling through and using a bigger needle pulling each strand through..easy peasy.

    3. Great idea, Margie! Thank you for weighing in with your helpful hint. 😊

  22. This is such a pretty project, its made with such detail. Beautiful job

    1. Thank you, Maria! She's one of my own favorites.

  23. Wow you are getting things early for the holidays! This is absolutely adorable!

    1. Thanks Maria! I like to keep them up all year. One for every season! :)

  24. Yes, I’ve crafted with socks, Kim, with my grandchildren! We’ve made bunnies, gnomes, and snowmen from socks. NOW, I know I’ll be making angels!! I can’t wait! ❤️

    1. Oh, bunnies!! I love that idea for spring. I might have to add that to my crafty to do list. Thanks for the inspiration, Kitty!