If you are like me, you hate matching socks. I normally just take all my socks & throw them into my drawer. I rather pair them when I need them. And even then, my socks don’t match.
But now pairing socks can be fun! In a child friendly sense anyways.
My son is entering that age where puzzles & matching games are fun, so I decided to create a little game for him. I love making handmade games and having a little learning lesson behind it. Plus it can entertain for hours.
This little game I whipped up yesterday during naptime. It took probably an hour tops to pull together.
I call it the “Sock Matching Game.” The shape is actually a stocking but I like the idea of socks better.
The game is composed of felt & clothespins, making it durable & simple. If you wanted to go over the touch, you could decorate them with fun embellishments.
This is what you need: various colors of felt, clothespins, scissors, hot glue gun/fabric glue and sizzix die cut machine & stocking die.
This is the die I used in my machine, but if you don’t have the machine/die, you could free hand it by tracing/cutting with scissors.
First cut your felt and run it through the machine. If you are using the stocking die, be sure to cut the felt down a bit so you only get the stocking cutout. Otherwise the felt will be wasted.
This is the shape straight out of the machine. Using my scissors, I clipped the top part off.
These are all my cutouts I did.
I had ten clothespins, so I did ten pairs.
Then using my scrapes & some fun felt prints, I cut out some rectangles for the “cuffs” of my socks. Each sock got two rectangles.
I paired everything up and hot glued the pieces together. (If you prefer fabric glue, go for it!) One piece on the bottom, sock in the middle, then the top piece. This is where you could add some fun embellishments like glitter glue, sequins, paint etc…to give your socks a fun look.
And this is what one of my final sock pairs looked like. Each sock pair gets a clothespin so they can be “paired” together.
And that is it. The game is as simple as mixing all the “socks” in a pile & having your child pin the pairs together with the clothespin. Wouldn’t this be fun to store in a mini basket? Kinda like a pile of socks in a laundry basket? I’m on the look out for the perfect one. I have a feeling this game will get some good use out of it!
If you don’t like the sock shape idea, you could do any shape you desire. I just hope this tutorial inspired you and if you decide to recreate it, I hope you have fun with it!