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See how to craft a bird puppet using one pair of red-heeled socks.
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Carol: Well, we are back with Ann Mooney, I got to tell you, better set the VCR for this one. You're not going to what these socks are doing now. Ann, do you have a name for this one? Ann: Just the red wing sock bird. Carol: The red wing sock bird. Is that the cutest, silliest, confused thing you’ve seen? Okay, she's going to take us on a trip to how to make this thing. How many socks, first of all do you need? Ann: All of these animals take one pair. Carol: One pair. Ann: Any animal takes one pair. Carol: Okay, I got pair of socks. Ann: You're starting with that. Let me show you, to cut the first sock. Basically this is going to be your body. Come in about an inch or so from the brown, you have a 1 inch notch here. Follow the brown all the way up to where the white starts and then just cut out the white heel. Here you're going to be cutting this section right here. Is actually going to be the mitt, that’s the wing. I was working the wings, one of these. Carol: You're going to put your hand there. Ann: To put your hand in. right. And this is the white section which you’ll cut off. You will trim this down because this is going to be your tail, but you’ll cut it off initially. Carol: Okay. Ann: So sock number two, basically you're cutting one more of these mitts from the top section. The heel, you cut with about an inch of brown around the edge. And the legs are a third mitt section. Okay, one for each wing and then one of these you're going to cut down the side and make two top panels to decorate on the wings. Carol: So this is cut just like the other sock, but the other sock, then you cut this off and kept the white part. Ann: And this one is extra, so you can keep it as your spare if you screw up the first tail. Carol: Okay. Ann: Okay or it’s your scrap pile. Okay, here's the body. What I'm going to do is just show you, the body you turn inside out and then you stitch from about half way into the notch. You come up as a curve. This is the back of your bird. So you're going to just curve it down to about the middle of the notch. Leave this part open. Carol: So this was this notch like this, but we turned this way. Ann: Right. Carol: Okay. Ann: And then watch when I turn it like this, okay. Right side out. And then you're going to do major stuffing here. And again, stuffing it really tight. Because the first thing to go in any of these sock animals as they get older are like the thin areas, the neck or whatever. You want it nice and firm so it will last a long time. Okay, so you're going to do it like this. And that is basically your body and your head. This part you just do some little tucking back here, some pleats. Pull it underneath this brown and sew it down tight. Now the more tightly you do that, the better the head pulls up. Okay. So that’s your body. Now the wings look complicated, but they're really not that bad. Just remember that they are three layers deep. Because the first one is where you put your hand in. the first one and the second one. And then you have a panel to decorate on the top. So one of these little mitt things, you’re going to fold inside out. Stitch along the edge, turn right side out. And that’s one of your wing mitts. And then do the same of course to the second one. This one that you cut in half along the edges, and you end up with just one piece, its only one layer thick. This is going to be what you put your decorating on. And that will be sewn on top. You take the heel from the second sock, just turn the brown under and put it on this so that the point corresponds to the top of that. This is where you’ll end up with, okay. This is a little decorative. Carol: This is just to make it look pretty. Ann: To make it look pretty and to also give you one more layer to do a little stuffing in, because you can stuff where your hand goes in. So, you're going to sew this over the top like that. Okay, so you’ll now have three layers. Put a little stuffing between the two top and the middle one. Just not real firm, you don’t want it round, but you want a kind of sort have a little substance. Then, let me show you how you sew the wings on over here. Okay, the top part you sew fairly high, because you really want to make sure the wings stays up far enough from the body and don’t flap. Then you fold it back, sew. Turn him. You're going to sew that second layer down nice and firmly as well. This one you leave open, just turn your raw edge under. So you’ll end up with the wings looking like that and having a place to put your hand in. Okay, so those are the wings, which are the most complicated part. And that’s actually not too bad. The tail, what you did was this was the white section of the first sock. And you cut it in kind of, what I call a tulip shape. It’s not really a scallop, because you kind of come to a little points. Do it like that, turn it inside out, stitch it. When you turn it right side out, you stuff it. Carol: Oh, that is cutest. That goes right in the end of the bird. Ann: And all you have to do, to make it look a little more like feathers delineated here, just stitch down here and then it will come out looking like this where you have something that does look a little more like a cluster of feathers. In terms of the face, you can use the red heel, the other red heel. And make it into a tiny red cone, and then it will have this look here. Which is more just a straight red cone that I have button eyes in this guy. If you do it so that you fold it with a little more white, you have something that looks like two layers of a beak. And this one is for you, so that you can have him to fly at you in various sets for the rest of this season. Carol: Along with the sock monkey. Ann: Right. Carol: I create the rest of them, I'm not going to have room for people. Ann: Well, and to make sure you have wing action, they say the best way to do this according to my sons, you should cross your wrist so that you can actually work the wings. So this is for you. You’ll be happy I didn’t put gold hair on it here and make a Carol Duvall bird. So that’s for you. Carol: Thank you so much. We’ll fly away home any moment. But let me remind you of course that Ann has these wonderful books out all about the sock monkey’s friends and family and adventures and everything. And Ann, thanks again a million. Ann: Well thank you, it’s really fun. Carol: Now, we got more coming up. We're going to show you how to use those squiggly scissors and hard punches and do some beautiful glasses.
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