Monday, March 25, 2013

Sock Alligator {Delightfully Creative}

Last Week, I posted about the magnetic fish game I made for my nephew, which featured sock fish. 

Welllll...., I got  a little ambitions with this gift. I had this grand idea in my head to make it an intricate game with point values for the size fish you caught and such. As if my free-spirited nephew would have gone for that.

Anyway, it seemed like a great idea to make a sock alligator-and if you caught the alligator, then he ate all your fish (meaning, you'd have to throw them back). Because I nearly failed Physics in High School, I failed to realize the alligator would be much harder to catch, despite how many strong magnets you place inside. 

Oh well-I still made the alligator, but not the rules!

Isn't he cute? I winged this one and figured it out as I went along, so I don't have tutorial photos.

I used two green striped socks-one for the body and one to cut up for the feet. I sewed the two sides of the heel together, like I did with the fish-except on the outside instead of the inside. This created his eye bumps. I am sure that has some scientific name, but as I said before, Science is not my forte.

Next, I stuffed the sock with Polyfil and strong magnets, leaving enough empty at the top to make a tail. I sewed the sock shut just below where the tail would start.

Next, I made a tail. As you know, alligator tales are long, pointy, and scaly. I attempted to create that look by twisting the tail piece and stitching in places where the tail twisted to secure the twist. To be honest, I wasn't sure how that was going to work, but it did.

  (Top view)

I then made each leg and stitched it on. I didn't feel like stuffing little legs, so I cut small pieces of the second sock and rolled them to make legs. It looked a little shabby, but I really liked it that way so I stuck with it.

Last, I made the teeth and eyes out of felt and glues them onto the sock alligator.

And yes, I did insert enough magnets that you can catch this alligator with the fishing pole. I doubt an alligator will go after worms, but meh, who cares?

Delightfully Creating By the Seat of My Pants,

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  1. This is SO cute! What a creative idea, love it!

  2. So cute! I love alligators, they have a special place in my heart. :) Found you via Clean & Sentsible and would love for you to visit my blog.

  3. Oh my goodness! I love him! What a fun idea. Thanks for linking this up to Monday Funday!


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