Have a baby in the family? Make this adorable, squishy doll as a present. Sock babies are easy for a young child to grip as they are soft and small, and they are safe even for small babies. The material is machine washable and durable, and the custom expression you draw on the gift is sure to bring a smile to a child's face.
Stuff one of the infant tube socks with pantyhose. Use yarn to tie the sock shut about 1/2 inch from the bottom.
Fold over the remaining material from the sock opening to make a cap for the doll. Tack down the ends of the cap with the needle and thread, and sew a small, fuzzy ball on top.
Turn the second sock inside-out and cut off the toe right below the heel. Cut it vertically from the bottom of the sock toward the opening, stopping about 1/2 inch from the top. Stitch the open sides of the sock closed.
Turn the sock right-side-out and stuff the two tubes with pantyhose. Slide the base of the first sock into the open top of the second sock. Fasten the second sock to the first sock with needle and thread. Now your doll has legs.
Cut off the third sock right below the heel. Flip it over and cut off the base of the toe. Turn the sock inside-out and cut in half vertically. Sew up the long side of each strip, stuff with pantyhose and stitch up the top and bottom. These strips will be the arms.
Cut a small piece of yarn and tie off the top third of the first sock to make the doll's head. Use markers to draw a face on the head. Attach the arms to the body (right below the head) with a needle and thread.
If you are giving this doll to a small child, don't substitute buttons for the eyes. The child could bite off the button and choke. To wash this doll, put it in a pillowcase and launder it on the delicate cycle. Dry it on low heat.