DIY: How to make a sock monkey
I’ve never been a fan of “cute” or blue for boys and pink for girls, so I’ve been having real trouble trying to find new baby presents for my friends. As I am now at the age that most of my friends are having their second, third, fourth and even fifth child, they already have everything they need, so I decided to make a sock monkey.
My son’s first soft toy was a sock dog called “doggie” and he still hugs him at night. Unfortunately, being a first time mother, I didn’t understand that you need to buy a few of their favourite toys so you can wash them and replace them in the, very likely, event of them getting lost. I made him a sock monkey to take out and about with him, so we could leave Doggie safely at home.
The sock monkeys have proven such successful presents that I thought I would offer this tutorial on how to make one. They take me about 2 hours to make.
You will need:
A pair of ankle socks
Embroidery thread to match your socks
Ribbon for the bow tie
Embroidery thread for the eyes and mouth (I have used blue and red)
Buttons for the eyes (if you are making it for older children/adults)
Cutting up the socks
This is the most important part about making the monkey. Most of both socks are used.
a. Take sock 1 and flatten so the heel is on top. Cut down the middle, from the ankle end to the heel section. This will be the body.
b. Take sock 2 and flatten so it is on its side. Cut down middle from ankle to heel.
c. Cut around the heel.
d. Cut down middle from heel to toe.
e. Cut top section in half (above where the heel was).
f. Keeping the double layer, cut two ear shapes out of the bottom section between the heel and toe.
Here are the pieces labelled with the part they will become:
Making the monkey
1. Turn sock 1 inside out and do a running stitch from the ankle end to the heel, leaving a gap by the heel to fit the stuffing in (make sure you leave some thread to sew up the gap). It doesn’t have to be particularly neat but it is good to have it tight so the stuffing doesn’t fall out.
2. Turn sock 1 back to the right side and stuff (make sure the thread ends stay on the outside). You want it to be quite firm but still squashy. Sew up the gap.
3. Take the arm section (sock 2) and turn inside out. Running stitch along one end and both sides. Turn back to the right side, stuff and stitch gap. Repeat with second arm.
4. Sew the arms onto the sides of the body (sock 1), about half way down.
5. Take the tail section (sock 2) and turn inside out. Running stitch along toe end and both sides. Turn back to the right side, stuff and stitch gap.
6. Sew the tail onto the back of the body (sock 1), just above the heel.
7. Sew the face (sock 2) onto the body (sock 1) just above the top of the arms, leaving a gap for the stuffing. Stuff and sew up gap.
8. Take the ear piece (sock 2) and turn inside out. Running stitch along the sides, leaving space for stuffing. Turn back to the right side, stuff and stitch gap. Repeat with second ear.
9. Sew the ears onto the sides of the body (sock 1), just above the face piece.
10. Sew on buttons for the eyes or embroider them on (for babies and younger children).
11. Embroider a mouth onto the face piece using a large back stitch in the contrasting thread.
12. Tie ribbon into a bow and stitch onto chest.
Your monkey is now finished!
Do send me photos/links to your final monkeys as I would love to see them.
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