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This is Crusoe here guest-posting for my friends at Barkpost on how to make a sock puppet dog since I’m pretty well-versed when it comes to making costumes and whatnot! Full disclaimer, I was paid a handsome handful of treats for writing this, but unfortunately Dad is down one sock.
So let’s get started. Obviously you’re going to need a sock to make this. I prefer stinky worn socks over clean ones, so this would be a good time to go take one off a family member’s foot.
Got it? Good.
While you have a nice stinky sock all to yourself, you might as well chew it a bit before we get started.
Now that we got that out of our system, it’s onto the tutorial!
First, let’s look at all the items we’ll need for this project.
Step 1: Position the Sock
Lay the sock out flat on the table with the heel-side facing up. From the toe to the feel of the sock is what forms the mouth.
Step 2: Cut Out the Mouth & Tongue
To measure how long a piece of felt you need, just place your hand naturally on it like this (don’t stretch too far).
After you’ve measured the length, cut out a narrow strip which will be the inside of the mouth – BUT, leave an even narrower strip off the bottom which will be the “tongue” of the dog.
It should fit nicely along the bottom of the sock from toe to heel, but with the tongue portion hanging further off the heel.
Once it fits, glue it all into place but do not glue down the tongue portion, as you want it to be able to flop around.
Step 3: The Nose Knows
You can use a big button or even just cut out a round piece of black or brown felt for this.
If you use a button, DO NOT eat it.
Glue the button to the tip of the toe of the sock.
Step 4: Googly Eyes
You want to position the eyes approximately at the middle joint in your fingers, as such.
When you have them positioned as you’d like, glue them into place.
Step 5: Add the Ears
Replicate the shape of your dog own dog’s ears when cutting the piece of brown felt. Mine are sort of a rounded-corner, elongated triangular shape.
But heck, do them however you want. Maybe your dog has pointy ears that stand up straight, in which case I have no idea what to do.
When you’re happy with the ears, glue them in place.
Step 6: Done!
And that’s it! I know, I know, I can make anything look easy.
Now you and/or your dog has a new friend to hang out with! And the best part about your new friend? They smell like a stinky sock!
You could also name your new sock puppet dog! I think I’ll call mine Moe.