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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Making a sock toy with Alyson and Frankie

Our friend Alyson was very surprised that people and pups liked her sock toy that I wrote about yesterday.

Alyson says she just makes them up as she goes along and no two of her sock toys are quite the same.

So here, in response to your requests, are Alyson's instructions of how she thinks she made my sock toy.




  1. Take one short sock and two knee-length ones.
  2. Scrunch one short sock up to make a ball (If you wanted to make a bigger toy scrunch two socks up together it doesn't matter if they have holes in, or are odd colours or anything).
  3. Stuff this balled-up sock into the toe end of a knee-length sock.
  4. Stand on the (ball) end and pull it really tight, twisting it at the same time (better to do on when you're on your own as it looks a bit strange!)
  5. Do the same twisting thing with 2nd empty knee-length sock.
  6. Then 'plait' the two knee-length socks together tightly and knot them at both ends.

You could also put a tennis ball into a sock instead of making a 'sock ball' but you'd have to take it out to wash it.

Alyson is quite shy, so here is a picture of her lovely girl Frankie (being unusually quiet).



Hope you can persuade your folks to make you a sock toy out of odd socks. If you do, PLEASE post some pictures for us to see. Pictures of your people making them might be REALLY fun.

31 comments:

HoundDogMom said...

Oh, we will be making us some sock toys for sure. Always looking for a way to re-use them older socks. Happy Wordless Wednesday. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

Two Greyhound Town said...

That is so neat and looks easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! GREAT one ... my mom made several of those as I do enjoy playing tug with it. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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What Remains Now said...

Very neat and Frankie is super cute!

Sarge said...

Hey Winnie!
Wow, what a pawesome toy! I gotta ask my Mom to make one of those for me right away, so I can try to kill it! BOL
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Bouncing Bertie said...

Gosh thanks Winnie (and Alyson) for showing us that. You know, even Gail should be able to follow those instructions. And Lord knows we have enough singleton socks lying around the house.
Toodle pip!
Bertie.

Frankie Furter said...

Thank you Winnie fur lettin Miss Alyson and the... OTHER Frankie show us how to make these Sock Toys... THEY are grrrrreat. I would NEVER have thought to stand on it to stretch and braid/plait it.
Brilliant!!! THANK YOU AGAIN..

All4UrPet said...

This is such a cute idea! I've been looking for new ideas for stuff to make for my pup, Rascal. I've made him several batches of treats, but I think this would be a good place to start shifting into the toy area... thanks for the idea, and keep them coming!


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Scrappy said...

THANKS for those pawesome instructions!

Like I said, Mom has a whole bagful of socks! I could go into the sock toy business here....hmmmmm

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Thanks for the instructions. That sounds easy and it sure makes a great toy. Thanks, Winnie.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Bassetmomma said...

Can't wait to make some sock toys for Fred and Gloria. Thanks for posting instructions!

Lydia @ See Beautiful said...

Oh, that is just too cute! Thanks so much for sharing. Off to find some old socks.

happy seeing beautiful!

Tucker The Crestie said...

Looks like a fun toy!

Chicco said...

Wow! I need a toy like this!
have a nice day.
Woof, woof,

Chicco

Bobby said...

L am off upstairs to find some socks, great idea.
Licks Bobby

Corbin said...

I'm off to find some socks!!!
-Corbin

Amber DaWeenie said...

Oh thank you thank you for da sock toy recipe! Me is off to look for some socks now...maybes I can snatch dem off Dad's feet!

Mr. Pip said...

That's a pretty cool toy! We may just give it a try. Frankie is a cutie!

Your pal, Pip

houndstooth said...

Frankie is adorable! I was thinking as we read it that it would be awesome with a tennis ball in the end, and then you mentioned it! I'm betting that if we got a pair of Mom's socks and made one of those that it would be Kuster's favorite toy ever!

Bunny

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

I'm gonna make my Human make me one!

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Maggie Mae said...

What a wunderful idea! We will ask our mom to clean out her sock drawer and make us some of dose!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Sam said...

Sam has a sock fettish - so we will definitely be trying this out for him!

Sam

Christine said...

Great use for that sock you can never find the match. I think I wont tell humphrey, we will be hiding them for more toys!!

Lorenza said...

Thanks for the instructions!
It is a pawesome toy!
I will tell my grandma about it!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Tessa the Maltese said...

Thanks fur the pawsome instructions fur makin that grrreat sock toy!

woos, Tessa

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Thanks for the instructions, Winnie. I've recently given away all my knee high socks. Will have to find some more and give this toy a go, it looks easy enough for me to make:)

bongodogblog.com said...

This is a much better idea than throwing away old socks.

Declan said...

Hi Winnie. I'm finally back trying to catch up with everyone again. That sock toy looks great. Perhaps I will feed Mum a few more medicinal whiskys, get her to make one whilst I take photos... should be good for a laugh Hehe! Deccy x

Roo said...

What a great way to use old socks! Very inventive toy that looks like great fun to play with! :) Thanks for demo-ing how to make them :D

Waggin at ya,
Roo

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

That sock toy is a brilliant idea! hope you have lots of fun with it Winnie xxx

Peggy Frezon said...

Great idea!! I will check for a sock missing its mate and give it a try!