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Funky Sock Monkey

Colorful Design

overview

we ordered a *bunch* of fun socks to try our sock monkey. this pattern was our favorite! talk about personality 🙂

1-2 hours

maker checklist

  • 1 pair of socks (matched or not?!)
  • 2 buttons + scraps of felt
  • poly-fil stuffing
  • ballhead pins
  • needle+thread (or sewing machine)
  • good scissors
  • ruler + thin sharpie or chalk

instructions

body:

1

prepare the socks. turn them inside out, and lightly iron them – iron one laid on its side (this will be the arms and tail), and the other laid flat (this will be the body, legs and mouth!)

2

transfer the pattern onto the pair of inside-out socks using thin Sharpie or sewist chalk.

3

sew the body sock, and then the sock with the arms and tail.

tip!

sew first, then cut.

4

cut along the cutting lines, carefully rounding the corners of the limbs and tail.

5

turn each piece right side out and stuff with polyfil.

tip!

use a thin marker or chopstick to coax the arms and tail into right-side-out shape. this is a useful tool for stuffing them too!

6

assemble your monkey! pin the arms and tail in place secure so they stay in position while you sew. use small, closely-spaced stitches to make sure they are firmly attached.

tip!

the legs should be nice and tight so put enough stuffing in to form them well. then, roll them between your palms to shape.

eyes:

1

set the eye fabric on the center of the head and pin in place.

2

stitch it in place with a blanket stitch.

3

sew the buttons into place (optional) in the center and secure with a knot.

tip!

use a contrasting thread here to give your monkey puppet a bit more color.

ears:

1

fill the ears with stuffing, fold their raw edges over, and close the opening with a ladder stitch.

2

pin the ears on each side of the head and whip stitch around them. keep the ears aligned with the side of the monkey.

tip!

you can also create ears from stiff felt, if you prefer not to sew these tiny parts

nose:

1

cut the heel from the remaining bit of sock.

2

pin in place, add a little stuffing, and sew.

3

add stuffing just before you close the
stitching; finish off and secure with a knot.

mouth:

1

sketch the placement first! do this in chalk or washable pen (not Sharpie).

2

fold the raw edge of the mouth and baste stitch it. secure it with pins and sew with a ladder stitch all around the mouth section.

3

stop when the opening becomes about an inch wide and stuff the mouth through it. finish the stitch and add embroidery branch stitches across the middle of the mouth for decoration.

tip!

if the head doesn’t turn out round, pinch the fabric vertically on the top of the head and stitch it in place like that.