Make your own Letterthief from striped socks!


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Are you also a fan of the literary thief? The Letterthief is the main character in the picture book Alphabet ( Charlotte Dematons ). On every record of the book, you'll find the letterthief somewhere, although you should look good.! The book is in use in many schools because it is a fun tool to learn the letters!

The picture book Alphabet is a great book where children learn the alphabet. You will find (at all) no text, only very beautiful drawings, for every letter of the alphabet a page. On that letter page you will only see things from the corresponding initial letter. A super fun and educational discovery and search book! The letterthief keeps trying to steal the letter!

Don't you know the book yet? You can HERE read all about!


Here at Yoors we have already made the letter thief, from a toilet roll:


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Now you too can make the letterthief out of regular striped socks! Miss Barbera , undermaster teacher and creative mother of 3 children, sent us the whole roadmap in pictures and with method, so that everyone can make this funny striped male, from 1 pair of socks, easy. That's totally super?

Check out the steps below to easily sew your handmade sock doll, the famous letterthief! Nice to use as teaching material for the Alphabet book, but also just fun to play with!

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These are the striped socks (HEMA) that Barbera used for!

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Cut 1 sock to the heel, this will be the legs. The foot of the sock becomes the head and abdomen.

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The other sock you cut off at the heel, the “foot” you do not need. Cut it in half, this will be the arms.

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Make sure everything is spelled inside out. Sew everything together and make curves at the hands and feet.

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Turn everything back right.

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Fill the arms, body and arms with filler wool or cushion filling. (eg. from Zeeman)

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Sew the ends of the arms.

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Make sure that the head is well stuffed and tie it off.

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Make sure the rest of the body is firm. Sew the sealing hole by hand. And sew the arms by the neck to the body.

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The base of the letterthief is now finished!

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The backpack is made of felt, unfortunately there is no pattern.

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The ears and eyes are made from a piece of felt, and for the nose you make a woolen felt ball (dry felt wool and felt available at Meaningful Crafts )

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Additional Activity Tits! (also by Juf Barbera)

1. See together with the kids which letter the letter thief has in his backpack. For example, the B, of Brood. Keep it in mirror image and also upside down and discuss the letter D and P:). Find the words starting with the B in the letterplates (Book Alphabet). After that you go in the house in the classroom or in school) in search of objects with a letter B. For example, there will be. bananas, books, bread, rusks, a fire truck, a bear and a bubble blower!

2. Put the letter thief in a mixing bowl with a whisk in his hands. Discuss with the children what the objects are called. After that, just collect stuff with the initial letter G, which can be in the mixing bowl. So you can make up everything with different initial letters and do all kinds of games with it and practice with sound recognition .


Do you have any questions, suggestions or more nice tips?

Send a message via Instagram to Miss Barbera, click HERE

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