• Turn your favorite socks into adorable bunnies, kittens, hamsters, turtles, penguins and more
• 16 projects are categorized by skill level, from super-simple to more advanced
• Your dryer ate a brand new sock? No worries-stray singles can now become the perfect gift in just an hour
Enjoy making whimsical stuffed animals using baby socks, knee socks, crew socks…any kinds of socks rock! Give your critter's face plenty of creative expression by embellishing with your favorite buttons and embroidery. Several projects are easy enough for children to make for their own toybox, but you'll want a bunch of these irresistible cuties for yourself, too!
Gold medal winner in the 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Awards.
Review The Sewing Directory - July 12, 2010
"I've always wondered how to make sock animals but have never had a go at it, this book is a perfect guide.
It's full of inspiration, lots of different animals to make, octopuses, squirrels, lions, rabbits, mice and many more from all shapes and sizes of socks and some from gloves too.
Its projects are split into skill categories, those for beginners and children, for intermediate level and the more experienced. There are step by step written and photographic instructions to guide you through the projects.
There is also a section at the front telling you what supplies you will need and showing a few different stitches. It also gives you a few tips for making the projects in the book. Now you have something to do with all those mysterious odd socks that appear in the washing!"
Review Through The Eyes of a Quilter Blog - September 7, 2010
"I was so excited that I nearly tripped over my own feet when I happened to see this book at Quilt Market several months ago. A handful of little critters were scattered around it and as soon as I picked one up I fell in love. They were soft, squishy, and totally adorable.
I begged a copy from the kind folks at C & T Publishing so I could tell you all about my great find. Socks Appeal (GREAT NAME!) is written by Brenna Maloney. Where has she been all my life? I love the way she writes. Her “voice” makes this pattern book read like a letter from your best friend—who is really smart and can explain everything you need to know about making cool animals from socks.
In describing the types of socks to look for, Brenna doesn’t hold back. With regards to anklets she writes, ” I hold these in contempt; I really do. More on this later.” (Don’t you love it?)
About 2-toed socks she shares, “Okay, I really have no earthly idea what to do with this one. But don’t you think it’s cool?”
There are 16 odd little creatures to make from wild socks, and I must admit I have a large personal collection. I’m deciding which pair to sacrifice first, maybe the lone socks who survived the dryer but lost their sole mates.
Socks Appeal has lots of wonderful examples and Brenna invites you to inject your own creativity into each. Bring along your whimsy, a scoop of playfulness, and some smiles too. Enjoy!"
Review Library Journal - September 16, 2010
"Did your washing machine eat one of your favorite striped kneesocks, leaving you with a lonely orphan? Maloney has a plan for that sad sock. Perhaps there's a penguin, hamster, or octopus inside that yearns to be free, and with a few snips and some simple sewing, you can make it so. Her collection takes the classic idea of the sock monkey and makes it into something new using basic techniques and imagination. Maloney's style is very informal—it's like reading the inner monolog of a craft blogger—and this will either charm you or distract you, depending on your tolerance for quirk and personal stories. Most of the projects are easy enough for (supervised) children, but adults who like a little whimsy won't be disappointed, either."
Review Crafts n Things - December 1, 2010
“If you love these adorable sock penguins, then check out the entire collection of irresistibly sweet sock critters. Turn your favorite socks into adorable bunnies, kittens, hamsters, turtles, lions and more! Included are step-by-step photos for picture perfect results. Did your dryer eat a brand new sock? No worries - stray singles can now become the perfect gift in just an hour.”
Review American Sewing Guild Notions - October 1, 2010
“Who can resist 16 fun and funky critters made from socks? The whimsical sock menagerie includes owl, rabbit, penguin, lion and mouse. Although not written specifically for kids, many of these projects are easy enough for young sewers to make.”
Review ForeWord Reviews - November 1, 2010
“Considering all socks lost every year to clothes dryers, books about making and re-using socks will never go out of style. In Socks Appeal: 16 Fun and Funky Friends Sewn from Socks, Brenna Maloney makes a convincing argument that socks are for more than just feet. The featured items are all animal figures that will appeal to children and adults alike - the kind with which kids will snuggle and adults will decorate their office spaces. The projects range in difficulty from beginning to intermediate, and Maloney's easy-to-follow text is often humorous. This is the perfect project book for crafters ready for something besides amigurumi.”
Review Lady V dZine - December 7, 2010
"Turn your favorite socks into adorable bunnies, kittens, hamsters, turtles, penguins, and more
15 projects are categorized by skill level, from super-simple to more advanced
Your dryer ate a brand new sock? No worries—stray singles can now become the perfect gift in just an hour
Enjoy making whimsical stuffed animals using baby socks, knee socks, crew socks…any kinds of socks rock! Give your critter’s face plenty of creative expression by embellishing with your favorite buttons and embroidery. Several projects are easy enough for children to make for their own toybox, but you’ll want a bunch of these irresistible cuties for yourself, too! Check out the Socks Appeal website.
I now have a use for the toe socks that have been lingering in my drawer for ages!"
Review By: Dona Reynolds, customer review - October 19, 2011
Sit Down & Have Some Fun!
"My washing machine eats socks! I know yours does too! Not to worry anymore. I know what to do with the leftover ones. Hamsters, lions, mice and penguins! Yes, I'm talking sock creatures - very, very cute sock creatures. Brenna Maloney's Socks Appeal: 16 Fun & Funky Friends Sewn from Socks gives us all we need to know.
Brenna did an exceptional job on this book because it is fun to read, easy, concise, with wonderful results and you already have the fabric! Even my grandchildren are making them for gifts for their friends! If you're new to sewing, just following the simple directions and the colorful photos. If you've been sewing for ages like me, sit down and have some fun!"