How to Make a Sock Elephant

By China Zmuida ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Two socks (preferably with colored heels)
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Stuffing for the elephant (such as Poly-fil)
  • Sewing machine (optional)

Creating toys for your children is not only fun, but it also makes you smile when you see the delight in their eyes. Making a sock elephant is a bit challenging and requires knowledge of how to sew. It also takes patience to create this little critter, and it can take about two days to make. You can use a sewing machine to quicken the process, or sew the animal yourself to give it a more vintage appeal.

Before you start making the elephant, turn one sock inside out. Begin by cutting about 3 1/2 inches from the bottom of one sock.

Measure about 3 inches up (vertically) from the heel of the inside-out sock. Sew a 1/8-inch seam (horizontally) on each side to the end of the sock. After you have sewn the seams, cut a small opening between the seams (approximately 1 1/2 inches upwards) to create a hole for the stuffing. Put the sock right-side out.

Start stuffing the elephant's head. Make sure you stuff it well enough, so that it's not lumpy. Tie a ribbon where you want the elephant's neck to be.

Stuff the remainder of the sock. Begin to stitch up this part of the elephant (i.e. his body and legs).

Take your second sock and cut it in half (horizontally, where the heel is). The lower part with the ribbing end will be the elephant's legs. The heel will be the elephant's mouth, so cut around the heel for this. The mouth will look like a triangle.

The bottom part of the sock to the toes will be its trunk. Cut it out so that it will shape into a trunk. The top part of the sock will be its ears. Cut out two rounded flaps.

To make the elephant's mouth, stuff it with a little fluff and sew it to the elephant's face.

Take the bottom legs (about 5 inches in length) and stitch them up first. Then stuff them tightly with fluff. Sew them to the front of the elephant's body, one on each side.

To make the trunk, you'll want it to be no longer than 6 inches. Take the strip and sew it lengthwise (the long end). Sew it to elephant's face.

Sew the ears slightly, and attach them to the head of elephant.

Now take a pair of buttons (the same color) and sew one on each side of the elephant's head. If you like, you can take a small section of sock, roll it tightly and sew it onto your elephant to make a tail.


If you are making this elephant for a child under 2, stitch the eyes of your elephant instead of using buttons. They can be a choking hazard for your little one.