Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Magnetic Sock Fishing

I'm sorry I missed you for Motherhood Monday, yesterday.  With the holiday, I was so off schedule, I forgot!  But, I have a tutorial for you, today.  It might seem lengthy, but it's just because I gave you lots of photos.  This is perfect if you are looking for something to make for a little girl (or come to think of it, it would be a great boy gift, too)!  Just make sure you pay attention to the age of the child, as there are small components to these and could pose a choking hazard.

I found this fishing game on Pinterest, some time back and wanted to make it!

At the time, it did go to a page on this website.  But, it's a dead link, now.  But, even then, there were no instructions to make it, which made me sad.  So, I set out to figure it out.

What you will need:

  • 1 wooden dowel
  • Ribbon or fabric strips
  • Socks (1 per fish)
  • Magnets (1 per fish, plus 1 more)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Buttons ( 2 per fish)
  • Fiberfill
  • Fabric scrap (roughly 2" x 2", depending on the size of magnet you use)

Here we go!

Turn your first sock inside out.  I put mine over a glass candle to make it stay in that position and give me a hard surface underneath (check a couple of photos down to see what I'm talking about).  Take your magnet and put some hot glue on it.  You want enough to secure it well.

Stick the magnet to the toe end of the sock.  This will be the fish's nose (Do fish have noses?  Is it a snout?  I don't know).

Now turn the sock right side out, and glue the button eyes on.  If you want to sew them, you can, but gluing is faster and seems more permanent to me.

Stuff your fishy full of fiberfill.  Leave about 2 inches of sock at the end.

Pinch the fish at the bottom of the stuffed part and sew shut.  I used a zig zag stitch, because I have issues with my machine eating stretchy materials.  It's OK if the stitching shows.  We are going to cover it up anyway.

Now your fishy's butt should look like this.

Tie a ribbon around the area you just stitched.

Now your fishy is done.  Make a bunch, and stack them up, and see how cute they are!

Next up...Fishing Pole

 Grab your fabric scrap and glue a magnet to the middle.  Then, glue a long piece of ribbon to the other side.

Gather the fabric around the magnet and sew it closed at the top.

Trim the excess fabric to make it look like a cute little bundle, and tie another piece of ribbon around the stitching.  This is going to be your "fish hook".  But...it's better.  :)
I didn't take a picture of this part (sorry), but glue the other end of the long ribbon to your wooden dowel.  I wrapped it around a couple of times and added some extra ribbon to make it look sorta' flowy (you can sort of see this in the final picture).

If you want some water, it makes it even better.  I took some blue fleece, cut it in a wavy pond kinda' shape and then sewed little ripples in it.  Can you see the ripple?

Ta-da!  A magnet sock fish game.

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