How To Make A Sock Monkey
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:
- Fold the sock with making sure that the heel stays flat.
- Mark a center line about 1 inch from the colored heal down to the sock opening.
- 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.
- Turn right side out and stuff the entire sock.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fill the head with stuffing to get the head size you want
- Sew the top opening closed.
Use Diagram below for your cutting guide:
- Lay the sock out flat and cut out all the pieces.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 MonkeyClick thumbnail to view full-size
How to Make a Sock Monkey: Additional Resources
- Sock monkey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia offers great information on the history behind the Sock Monkey. The website also contains external links for How to Make a Sock Monkey. All information and instructions from Wikipedia are free.
- Sock Monkey Ministries - a unique ministry that reaches out to children, adults, and our Troops
Through a community of volunteers, we share a passion to offer love through a simple act of agape, inspiring hope in the lives of orphaned children, cancer patients, AIDS patients, military personnel (Soldiers), homeless families, and those in need o