Sock Puppet Madness

It’s been a long time since I did anything with my socks, except wear them. The one and only time I’ve made a sock monkey was back in 2008 but they are still very much in vogue.

Take Bawston the ornery cat puppet, for example. He’s a baseball fan with a questionable temper, so watch what you say to him. A more friendly guy is Sebastian Metaphor. He may seem aloof with his hipster appearance but behind those sleepy eyes lies a heart of gold. If you are a sophisticated sort why not have a crack at Penelope Durtlinger, an heiress to a small fortune with an insatiable thirst for power.

sock puppet madness

All three feature in Sock Puppet Madness which includes 35 of the most fun, outlandish, off-the-wall and enchanting characters on the planet, and by following the simple step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to put together your own puppet in no time. The book is by Marty Allen, a Boston-born, Brooklyn-based puppet-maker, artist, writer, musician and liker of life. You can find out more about him by visiting his website at

The book is laid out really well which makes it easy to follow each pattern.  Templates are included at the back of the book but need to be copied at 200% although you can also copy them freehand to make your puppet unique. The sock puppets don’t require any sewing which means anyone can make them. They are simple to create, using just a few readily available materials that cost next to nothing, from felt to cardboard, buttons and marker pens – plus everyone has an old sock they can use, right? So what are you waiting for?

Sock Puppet Madness by Marty Allen is published by CICO Books at £12.99, and is available from all good bookshops or call 01256-302699.


If you would like to win a copy of Sock Puppet Madness just leave a comment below and let me know who you would make a sock puppet of – perhaps a celebrity or even your other half?

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Small print:

The prize consists of one copy of Sock Puppet Madness. The giveaway ends February 21st at 8pm. The winner will be selected at random from all entries received and notified by email or their twitter handle. The prize is as stated: no cash alternatives are available. UK and ROI only.


The winner is Cerys at


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42 Responses to Sock Puppet Madness

  1. I would make a sock puppet for my little boy. I would try and make him a special penguin as he loves them or a puppet of himself!

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  2. Christina Field

    I would try and make a postman pat sock puppet,or shaun the sheep.I would make them for my grandson

  3. claire curtis

    I would try to make a sock puppet monkey for my little boy

  4. Andrea MacLeod

    I would try and make a peppa pig puppet for my daughter!

  5. Laura Harris

    Lady GaGa – making outfits for it would be a hoot!

  6. Laura Baker

    I would make a sock puppet of my neighbour totoro – so cute!

  7. sarah smith

    mickey mouse – my daughter would love it

  8. jemma price

    I would love to do this with my son and make him happy :)

  9. hannah oneill

    I’d make one of Boris Johnson

  10. Gary Topley

    I would make one of Keith Lemon :)

  11. Kirsty Fox

    I would make a sock puppet of my husband and make it really plump, lol, don’t tell him I said that!!

  12. Kirsty Fox

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  13. Kirsty Fox

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  14. Brigitte Leprince

    I would make a Madagascar puppet sock not sure which character yet, but would make it nice and colourful!

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  15. looks a great book!
    i would make a sock puppet of a duck for my son theo as it was his first word and he loves them so
    and maybe a horse as playing with one is better than eating one…. boom boom 😉
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  16. Paul Meulen

    Bob Marley

  17. dawn

    I would make a Comic Relief themed sock puppet (with red nose, boppers etc.) and use it ro raise money on 15th March

  18. Tina Holmes

    The hungry caterpillar!

  19. KATHY D

    DJ my nieces bearded dragon

  20. I would choose Jon Snow … Because then I can have Snow every day
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  21. Cate E

    I’d make a sock puppet of Animal from the Muppets, who is our son’s favourite (as well as his Dad’s!). This is a great idea to use up odd socks, and random socks given as presents for Christmas that will never get worn!

  22. Lucia Jefferson

    I would make a crocodile with lots of teeth!

  23. I’d attempt to make a sock of David Beckham. It won’t be anywhere as good looking, but I could snuggle with it every day 😉

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  24. I would make a sock puppets of my children and my husband, he’s really easy to do because he’s got massive eyebrows!! 😀

  25. Laura Pritchard

    I’d try to recreate the dragon from ‘Room on the Broom’ – my son loves him!

  26. Laura Pritchard

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  27. Lisa Aldwinckle

    The Gruffalo for my son!

  28. charity Nyamukondiwa

    i have a 4 year old who is in love with sock puppets and has been saving all her old tights so we can make some puppets …will make them of each other …

  29. sarah rees

    i would try a sock puppet penguin :)

  30. Heidi Marie Marshall

    Kermit The Frog! Let’s get retro….for my Granddaughter. Love the Muppets! We could go the whole way and do all Muppet Puppets :)

  31. Miss Tracy Hanson

    Would make one of our dog. So that my great-niece can have her own special “Roxy” :) 😀 x

  32. Alex Telford

    I would make one of my husband so my lil boy could still see him when daddy’s at work. Don’t think it would be as good as the real thing though!

  33. Alex Telford

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  34. Id make some with my boys for their puppet theatre @astrongcoffee1
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  35. Ruth McLees

    It would have to be an alligator sock puppet with teeth made from white felt and button eyes

  36. Jennifer Toal

    I’d love a Simon cowbell one;)

  37. Ian Dowson

    I would make one of Superman, heroic Sock puppet to protect all other Sock Puppets!

  38. Fiona Matters

    My dog – a nice black and white collie!

  39. Crystal

    I think we’d make my parents so the kids could feel closer to them as they are overseas.
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  40. I’d make a sock puppet of our rather large tabby cat Pompom
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  41. What a fabulous looking book. I would love to make a mad professor puppet complete with crazy hair like Einstein :)
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