Crafting can be expensive, so when I got the chance to acquire some well-worn socks from my well-heeled hubby, I considered their artistic potential. It’s been warmer this weekend, with storms, so Spring is on the brain. I remembered some Pinterest sock bunnies, but I decided to build a quick prototype before I committed space on the craft table to yet one more thing.
It’s at a premium.
I used the following illustrated tutorial from the Handmade Gift Guru to start:
The directions call for rice to fill the sock. However, I had an old polo shirt that the oldest couldn’t wear to school any longer (we’re not good with white) and a stretched sweater. I shredded the polo first and used the pieces to stuff a blue sock. One handful in, then I knotted a coordinating piece of yarn to create the body.
A second handful of strips followed, with a knot to define the head. I cut the heel from the sock from just above the knot, then sliced the remaining length twice lengthwise to make two ears.
And done! A second quickly followed. On the brown bunny, I learned the importance of cutting the heel, as it caused a bit of a bump when left as part of the head. And the shredded sweater made a softer filling.
From there, I asked Son One if he’d draw a face on one for me. When he declined, the bunnies' true purpose was revealed. I found the perfect use for these little guys- I bounced one off of him, and we had an impromptu game of dodgeball! He's getting fast, too.
We don’t really need any more stuffed animals. I present Exhibit A from the youngest's room:
(Although he does love his Beenie Boos.)
Instead, these will be perfect for a “bunny in the hole” game, like corn hole, with the cardboard decorated like a meadow. The bunnies could also be subbed in for the Easter egg toss, after everyone decorated their own bunnies with googly eyes and glued felt.
Or Springtime dodgeball.
Search the archives for a fantastic pipe cleaner bunny for the kiddos, as well as this hostess gift below from my friend Allison's mother. She's a very crafty lady!
This weekend was busy, with travel and errands and a much-needed floor mopping. It didn’t leave a lot of time for crafting, so I was glad I had a scarf on my knitting loom for those minutes I could sit down with some coffee.
Also glad that Son One can manage on his own! As we worked, he made some Perler bead creations, and I ironed some he’d made a while ago. It's neat to see what he does without the patterns online. He accomplished several Super Mario in grayscale.
And Piggy, from Mo Willems' Piggy and Gerald books. This one looks a little sinister, but I just run the iron.