How To Make A Sock Monkey
One sock will be used to make the body, legs, and head, and the other will be used to make the arms, tail, face, and ears.
This project should take around 2 hours.
You can either use a sewing machine or sew by hand. If you're using a sewing machine, use your walking foot. When you assemble the Monkey, you must sew by hand.
- Turn both Socks inside out. Mark 'sew seams' on both socks as shown in the diagram. Erasable fabric marker works best for drawing, but a pencil will get the job done.
- Lay one sock with the heel facing flat up. You may have to flatten the sock against its natural crease to make this happen.
- Seam (A) is made 1/2 inch (1 cm) on both sides of the centre of the sock starting one inch from the white heel and across the end of the top (where your foot would go in). This will become the split in the Monkey’s legs. Make sure before you sew and cut that your line is indeed on the halfway mark -- a monkey with one fat leg and one skinny leg is not a happy monkey.
- With the sock still folded flat, sew up one side of your marked line and back down the other. Leave approximately 1/4 inch (.6 cm) between the line and each of your seams.Cut along the line between your two seams. The monkey’s legs and coloured feet will now be clearly visible.
- Keep all of these sections open-ended. Make sure they're turned inside-out as you work! If they're not, all your seamswill be very, very rough.
- Cut the second sock into sections as shown above. Though the pattern is only drawn on the top, make sure to cut through both layers. Fold both arm pieces in half lengthwise. Then sew up the open side in a gentle arc around the coloured ends; these ends will become the paws and the opposites (open ends) are where the arm will be stuffed andthen attached to the body.
- Fold the tail piece in half lengthwise. Then sew up the open side and in a gentle arc around the coloured end as you did with the arms; this end will become the tip of the tail and the opposite, open end is where the tail will be stuffed and attached to the body.
- Fold each ear in half and cut across the crease. Then, sew in a gentle arc following the rounded sides, leaving the flat side open. The opening is where you will stuff each ear and then attach it to the body.
- For now, do nothing with the muzzle (formerly the heel). That part's saved for later.
- Flip all sewn pieces right-side out and stuff them.
- You should now have a body with legs, two arms, two ears, a tail, and an unsewn, unstuffed muzzle.
- Sew the seam of the body where you stuffed it.
- I always perform a 'pull test' on all seams at this point to make sure they are strong and re-stitch any that don't pass the test.
- Attach the tail to the rump, folding the raw edge in towards the stuffing. Position it carefully and slip stitch it all the way around.
- You have the choice of making a neck at this point. If so desired, create a pinch approximately 3-4 inches (7.5-10 cm) from the top of the head and sew in place.
- Attach the arms to either side of the body, folding the raw edges in towards the stuffing. You may want them a little higher than your natural inclination says; this will give your sock a more monkey-like posture.
Assemble the face
- Trim away the edges of the heel piece if necessary. Since this will form the muzzle, try to make sure the piece of fabric is uniform in colour. Note that, since the outermost edges will be covered, you do not have to make them perfect.
- Fold the bottom of the muzzle under and sew it to the bottom of the monkey's chin. Make sure no raw edges are visible along the bottom, but leave the top open for now.
- Add stuffing to make the muzzle puff out.
- Fold the raw edge under and stitch the top edge to the face. The muzzle should take up a large amount of the area for the head -- don't worry about needing space for the rest of his features.
- Give your monkey a mouth! Along the heel line of the muzzle (which should be dead center) branch stitch in a contrasting colour of thread.
- If you'd like nostrils, simply embroider two small rectangles above the mouth about 1" (2.5 cm) apart.
- Fold the raw edges of each ear to the inside and stitch them closed. Stitch the completed ears to the sides of the head. They should be in line with where the eyes will be, just above the muzzle. Make sure they stick out from the front!
- Add eyes. The size you need depends on the size of your monkey. And if you're giving it to a young child, either avoid the buttons entirely or make sure they're really well sewn on! Embellish as you see fit with bows, ribbons or clothes.
Congratulations, you've just created your very own Sock Monkey! You are now part of a crafting tradition that started in the early 1900's.