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How To Make A Sock Monkey

Updated on June 1, 2008

How To Make a Sock Monkey

You can call me old fashioned and I don't mind. But I love the traditional sock monkey. When I was 5 years old my mother made me my first sock monkey. It was Christmas morning and I remember opening it up dressed up in pink, with a cute bow on it's head. The passion was born. I love sock monkeys.

Every since that Christmas morning I am always looking for new ideas and ways to make a sock monkey. They are very simple to make. Every sock monkey is unique. This is my favorite thing about them.

Depending on the sock you use and the embelleshiments you add, you will get a one of a kind, handcrafted treasure every time you make one. Read on and you will discover the joy and simplicity of making your own sock monkey.

I will provide you with a free, step by step guide on how to make a sock monkey.

How To Make a Sock Monkey

Find two socks: The First sock will end up being the head, body, and legs of the monkey. The second sock will be the mouth, tail, ears, and arms.

Refer to the diagram below:

  1. Fold the sock with making sure that the heel stays flat.

  2. Mark a center line about 1 inch from the colored heal down to the sock opening.
  3. Sew down each side of the marked line about ¼ inch away from line. You will want to stop stitching when you get ¼ inch away from the sock opening. Leaving your needle in the sock, you will lift up your pressure foot, rotate the sock, and sew to the outer edge of the sock. Make sure to back stitch to reinforce your stitching. Repeat this process by sewing down the other side of your marked line. This will form the legs of the monkey.
  4. Turn right side out and stuff the entire sock.
  5. Neck: Using a thick, sturdy thread (embroidery floss works well) stitch around the neckline using ¼ inch stitches. You will decide where you want the neck line to be, depending upon how big you want the head.
  6. Once you get all the way around the neck line with your stitches, you will pull the floss tightly until you get the neck size you want. Tie and knot the ends of the floss.
  7. Fill the head with stuffing to get the head size you want
  8. Sew the top opening closed.

Use Diagram below for your cutting guide:

  1. Lay the sock out flat and cut out all the pieces.
  2. Tail: Fold the tail in half lengthwise and stitch the raw edges closed. Turn it right side out and stuff. Sew the tail to the monkey’s bottom.
  3. Mouth: Sew the mouth fabric onto the monkey’s face. As you stitch, turn under the raw edge and use an invisible stitch. Leave a small opening for a little stuffing. Stuff loosely and stitch opening shut.
  4. Arms: Fold in half lengthwise (right-sides together) and sew along raw edges. You will want to sew one end shut to make the hands.
  5. Ears: Put two ears right sides together and sew around the curved edge. Turn right side out. Tuck the raw edges up into the ear and fold the ear in half. To make a folded ear you will tack the middle of the ear on the bottom edge and sew the ear in place at the side of the monkey’s head.
  6. Sew on buttons for eyes, and embellish the monkey to your liking. Don’t forget the hat- pull it over the monkey’s head. You can refer to the pictures on this site to give you some creative ideas. Have fun! I hope you enjoy creating your monkey as much as I do!

How to Make a Sock Monkey: Patterns

Tim and Merideth make sock monkeys

Sock Monkey Variations

Like I said before, I love the fact that you can dress up the sock monkey anyway you want. I have tried to include images that will give you lots of ideas as you are creating your own original monkey.

Most of the photos are courtesy of the website sockmonkeyfun.com. I am not affiliated with this site, however was given permission to use their images.

If you are not wanting to make your own sock monkey, you can order a custom made sock monkey through their website.

Creative Ideas For Your Sock Monkey

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Pre-assembled Sock Monkey Kits from Amazon

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      Kookie 2 years ago

      I love sock monkeys!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      so cute, gonna dig out my old socks and make some monekys, Thanks, voted up

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      Futamarka 4 years ago

      Даже принимая во внимание тот факт, что дерево представляет собой легко воспламеняющийся шиньон, современные технологии смехотворчества деревянных париков позволяют уменьшить данный риск и свести практически к минимуму любую вероятность не контролированного возгорания. Специальные составы препятствуют распространению и появлению пламени.

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      loanionse 4 years ago

      When i used to receive on top of living however as of late I've accumulated the opposition.

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      Lewella 4 years ago

      sockmonkey.net you haven't a sock to stand on, since your site says the sock monkey pattern is free, and you do not offer a terms of use for it. Also because she is not selling it for profit she is only sharing it on her site.

      Sock Monkey Lady, thanks for posting this it is much easier to read here than on the other site.

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      gabby 5 years ago

      i love monkeys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Ron 5 years ago

      Really enjoyed this hub. Thank you so much.

      Ron from http://www.intervalstraining.net

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      sam sparks 5 years ago

      i love sock monkeys ever since i got my first sock monkey i have always wanted to make one. see it doesn't matter how it looks it onley matters what you think about it. don't think bad thoughts think happy thoughts and your sock monkey will turn into a star and you will love it forever!!!!!!

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      Jennifer 5 years ago

      In the YouTube film I am sure that the newsreader was sewing the upper part of the foot as the legs instead of the foot part of the sock. Am I right?

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      Patricia 5 years ago

      Fabulous....love my new Sock Monkey. Thank you

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      Colleen 5 years ago

      if someone doesn't want people to read something, the computer is no where to post it...just sayin...

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      anonoymus 5 years ago

      i LOVE sock monkeys. i don't know how to but i'm sure your website will!

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      Hannah 6 years ago

      God guys chill out! This is an amazing site and your just jealous! I for 1 love it so keep your nasty comments to yourselves. :( poor lil sockmonkeys. I'm sorry you had to see that....

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      tesia 7 years ago

      your a block head that's not how you make a sock monkey retard

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      SockMonkey.net can suck it 7 years ago

      See name.

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      butt kiss 7 years ago

      butt kiss no like

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      Mimi Gilles 7 years ago

      I am wondering whether you will permit 'fair use' or sell rights for one-time use? I would like to customize my laptop skin with your "Sock Monkeys" photo - not to sell, only for my own use.

      Let me know?

      Mimi Gilles

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      monkey lover 7 years ago

      dear sockmonkey.net,

      chill...geez, do it for the monkey. no need to threaten anyone. your site was actually my favorite...til now.

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      SockMonkey.net 8 years ago

      The photos and copy used in this page are wholly owned by SockMonkey.net. You do not have permission to use these photos and are requested to remove these photos and copy immediately.

      I will turn in a DMCA Complaint in 7 days.

      Tamara

      (5-18-09)

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      SockMonkey.net 8 years ago

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      The photos and copy used in this page are wholly owned by SockMonkey.net. You do not have permission to use these photos and are requested to remove these photos and copy immediately.

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      SOCK MONKEY FAN 8 years ago

      SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE I LOVE THEM