Sock Pets

Forget the rush to buy Zhu Zhu Pets. You can make your own little critters at home using a fun, patterned, adult-sized sock from your collection of strays.


  1. This project will work best if you use a thin, stretchy sock tocreate your critter – dad’s old athletic sock isn’t going to cutit. Fill the sock with uncooked rice or flax seeds until it is firmand oval-shaped. Knot the end of the sock tightly and trim anyexcess with scissors.
  2. Pull the fabric taut and shape it into a little pom-pom. Use asmall rubber band to make a “tail.” Make sure that this knot isvery secure so that the contents of your pet don’t spill out andmake a huge mess.
  3. Glue on two eyes. Use an old button and some glue to create anose. Another option is to trim a small piece of felt for the noseand glue securely.
  4. If you want your pet to have whiskers, trim a few small piecesof string and attach with craft glue.
  5. Glue on two small pom-poms to make the ears. If you don’t havepom-poms on hand, two felt triangles would also make cute ears. Letthe glue dry completely and check to be sure that the pieces aresecurely attached.
  6. Note that this craft project contains small parts that arepotential choking hazards for small children.


  • Several adult-sized, stray socks (anklet socks made from astretchy material work well)
  • Uncooked rice or flax seed (about 1 cup for each critter)
  • Scissors, craft glue
  • Small, colored pom-poms,
  • felt sheets, glue-on eyes, string or yarn, small buttons
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