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Sew a Harold Speculex Sock Puppet

Harold is one of the three Super Speculex Bros, all so different but with a mutual love of, and dependence upon, glasses. Harold is also an amateur scientist (holding patents in applied flying burrito technologies and experimental aeronautics). His eyeglasses expertise encompasses the complex science of spectacles as well as the science behind eyes and perception. Ladies fall for him like bricks off a bridge, and he’s left a trail of broken hearts longer than a line at the post office.

Harold Speculex is the consummate sock puppet with eyeglasses. His techniques apply across a wide array of styles, demonstrating how the eyeball is not always attached right to the head, a notion that isn’t obvious…

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Sock Puppet Madness by Marty Allen

Published by CICO Books

It's a simple equation: old sock + craft foam x glue = a collection of the most amazing incredible, outrageous, awe-inspiring sock puppets you've ever seen. Sock Puppet Madness 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. 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're a sophisticated sort why not have a crack at Penelope Durtlinger, an heiress to a small fortune with an insatiable thirst for power. All the puppets are so simple to create, using just a few readily available materials that cost next to nothing - plus everyone has an old sock they can use, right? So what are you waiting for? Buy this now and make your own collection of sock puppets and join in the fun. And once you've made all the projects, why not create your own characters based on friends and family, too.

© 2018 Marty Allen / CICO Books · Reproduced with permission. · Sock Puppet Madness by Marty Allen is published by CICO Books at £12.99 and is available from


  • How to make a character plushie. Harold Speculex Sock Puppet - Step 1
    Step 1

    Once the sock is reversed, add the oval of blue sticky felt for the mouth interior, cut to be slightly smaller than the cardboard oval, and put a large amount of head fluff in the top for structure.

    EYEGLASSES: From blue craft foam, cut out two 1 in (2.5 cm) circles and “hollow” out ¾ in (2 cm) openings (see pattern). Edge the interior and exterior with a slight “edge in.” Cut out two small circles of white paper, sized to fit the hollowed-out openings. Carefully glue each white circle inside the hollowed-out openings. Using a black marker, add a black dot to the center of each eyeball. Using the same blue craft foam, cut out a very small ½ in
    (13 mm) long glasses bridge and edge the sides and a touch in. Again using blue craft foam, following the pattern, cut out the 2 in (5cm) glasses arms, also edging slightly. Glue the two main eyeholes via the small bridge. Glue the glasses arms so that they point toward the back of the head, applying just a drop of glue and holding in place. Glue the full glasses/eyes so that the bottom of the lenses sit just atop the mouth.

  • How to make a character plushie. Harold Speculex Sock Puppet - Step 2
    Step 2

    TEETH: Harold is nothing without his goofy grin. From white craft foam, cut out two ½ in
    (13 mm) long by ¾ in (2 cm) wide front buckteeth and two slightly smaller teeth. Glue them about ¼ in (1 cm) apart along the top edge of the mouth.

  • How to make a character plushie. Harold Speculex Sock Puppet - Step 3
    Step 3

    HAIR: Harold is, like several other sock puppets, proud to be bald. Glue each blue pompom about 1½ in (3 cm) behind the glasses and 1½ in (3 cm) apart.

  • Step 4

    Now get ready to be stunned by Harold’s all-too-complete knowledge of your eyeballs. Don’t worry, he’ll take the edge off by making you the best burrito ever. Don’t get too close, ladies!

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