Craft Fail 101: Fat, Lumpy Sock Bunny

18 Jan

Ladies and Gentlemen, Happy Lollipop Tuesday.

If you’re new to the beauty that is the Lollipop Tuesday series, check out a brief explanation here.  Otherwise, onward!

Today’s new attempt: Completing a craft tutorial.   Task:  A bunny made out of a sock.

Before I post my pathetic account and my failure of a bunny sock, I should submit a disclaimer.   I attempted the “Quick Little Bunny Tutorial”  featured on Elsie Marley’s Blog (linkity link) without 3 important things –  a baby sock, sewing skills, and patience.   Because after all, the joy of Lollipop Tuesday is in how much I absolutely suck at new things.   I will learn to embrace it.  You will be inspired.

Okay! To start, I had no baby sock.  Thus, I found the smallest sock in my drawer and went with it.  Let the record show that I am a big girl with big feet.  Size 10 feet, to be exact.  Thus, my bunny is… fatter… than the originally intended design. 

Since my sock was a grown-up sock, it was white and dirty and gross.  So to start, I dyed it black.   In honor of Martin Luther King’s birthday.

Those are my good kitchen tongs.

 I was presented with a rather large problem after this dyeing session.  Namely – where to put the dye.   An attempt at rinsing it down the tub dyed the tub black, a security deposit blunder that I’m still trying to undo with a good old fashioned bottle of Clorox even as I write this.

I freaked out, ran to Dave, and asked him what to do with the evidence.    Without hesitation, he replied that I should flush it down the toilet.  And you know what? It worked.

All right – sock is dyed, dye is down toilet, bathtub is soaking.

I have absolutely no patience for anything in life, and didn’t feel like waiting for the sock to dry… so I stuffed it and sewed it while it was dripping wet.   Besides a bad case of granny fingers, I saw no negative repercussions to this.

For some reason, the logo "Hue," which was green before the dye job, turned bright yellow. Chemistry is a bewildering magic.

I feel as if I should reiterate that I have absolutely no sewing skills.  So every time Elsie’s tutorial said “make a running stitch,” I just ignored it and ran the thread around, through, up, and down every which way until it kind of looked like it was supposed to. 

Behold the Big, Fat, Lumpy Bunny

And voila: A big, fat, lumpy bunny made out of an old sock.  I think it speaks volumes about the clarity of Elsie’s tutorial that I did not pursue this project with any degree of passion and had absolutely no sewing skills and yet somehow my end result actually resembles an adorable bunny.  Minus the adorable.

 End result: Down one security deposit, up one useless sock bunny.  Bids start at a penny.


19 Responses to “Craft Fail 101: Fat, Lumpy Sock Bunny”

  1. Lori January 18, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Nice job! Regarding the dye stains in the bathtub – try the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser… it got hair dye out of tile in our bathroom that had been there for almost two years.


    • Connie T January 19, 2011 at 1:42 am #

      At least I learned not to pour die down the bathtub drain. I think if I ever dye something, I will pour it over the gravel outside. They will never notice the new colored rock.


    • Jackie January 19, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

      I didn’t even think of that. The Magic Eraser is so darn cool. Thanks for the tip 🙂


  2. CoriScores January 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    This is the best thing I have read all day. Thank you.


    • Jackie January 19, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

      Thanks! Love the icon, btw. 🙂


  3. 4myskin January 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Aww! I like this idea! And your bunny isn’t so bad looking. 🙂


    • Jackie January 19, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

      haha thanks… but I photographed it from its “good side.” If I flipped it around, you’d see a dismal mess os stiches and sadness. Definitely follow Elsie’s tutorial (listed in the post) if you decide to give it a go. Hers are so darn cute.


  4. Zenalicious Mommy January 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    Made me laugh out loud…love that you dyed the sock too.

    And I think that some Comet soaked overnight on the bathtub will help with the stains 🙂


    • Jackie January 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

      Well between the Clorox, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, and some Comet, I’d better be getting that Security Deposit back. 🙂 Thanks for the tip!


  5. Connie T January 19, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    Actually, after looking at the tutorial, yours came out pretty good. You just need better lighting to show it off. I bet you could go to a dollar store to buy little socks and try it with the small one. A running stitch is just a stitch that goes up and down thru the material in a line or a circle. Then when you get to the end of the circle, you just pull both ends, to gather it up.
    Kind of like ——- a dash line.


    • Jackie January 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

      Connie, of all the people to read this, you are the only one who bothered to give me a hand with that running stitch. I had no idea it was so easy. I actually really love the little ones Elsie did and I’ll be certain to try again with the correct stitching thanks to you.


  6. laurayvette January 19, 2011 at 3:10 am #

    randomly came across your blog.
    Try Purell hand sanitizer in the bathtub if the other stuff doesnt work.
    Purell, and lots of paper towels. just pour the Purell, and wipe off. (ie, you don’t have to let it sit.)
    It gets hair dye, acrylic paint, and everything I’ve ever tried to clean off of bathtubs and sinks off.


    • Jackie January 19, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

      How bizzarre! I would have never thought of that. I’m battling hair dye stains constantly so thanks so much for the comment.


  7. knotrune January 19, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    I love the idea of your Lollipop Tuesday! I’d give it a go if I had time, maybe later in the year, and once a month or something 🙂


    • Jackie January 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

      Thanks! I’m quite a hermit and I tend to oppose new things, so it’s a good trial for me. You should give it a go – try once a month! Or you can live vicariously through me and throw some ideas my way in the comments on the “What’s Lollipop Tuesday?” page.


  8. mamanne January 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    Aw, I think your bunny is cute! I may even try one….


    • Jackie January 22, 2011 at 1:12 am #

      Haha thanks 🙂 You certainly should give it a try. Even in my lack of ability, it only consumed half an hour of my time. And staring at my fat, lumpy sock bunny is an instant stress reducer.

      Or you could make it properly and actually use it in Easter baskets because they’re just so darn cute.


  9. sarah2001fung June 15, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    To tell the truth, when I first read the front bit of your post, I thought it would be bad, since you wrote Craft Fail. But when I scroll down to see your final product, I said to my dad “That’s good. She thinks it’s bad but it’s good.”


    • Jackie June 17, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

      haha well thank you. I didn’t think it looked anything like my intention but I certainly appreciate the vote of confidence


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