The other day on Pinterest, I saw a picture of sock monkeys. Now, I've never been a particular fan of the strange little creatures, but when I saw these I thought, "I know some kids who could enjoy these!" My brother Josh has 4 children, who we call "The Monkeys." I happen to have their family for Christmas, so why not make sock monkeys for my favorite little Kaiser Monkeys? After doing one I realized it was soooo easy and that I should make a quick tutorial.
For 1 sock monkey you need:
- 1 pair of socks
- 2 buttons
- fluff (that's batting, for you technical people)
Okay, here we go!
Turn one of your socks inside-out, and flatten it with the heel facing upward:
Because these socks were knee socks, I had to shorten them, but if your socks aren't so long you can skip this step:
Now from the cuff (or bottom of your sock), cut a straight line up the middle to about 1/4 inch below the heel. (The heel becomes the bum of the monkey)
Cut the heel out of the other sock. This will become the nose-mouth (hahaha thanks, Matt).
From the other sock, after cutting out the nose-mouth (okay, it's probably actually called a snout...), cut out 2 arms of equal length and width, a tail piece, and two half-circles for the ears:
Sew the feet and legs together, leaving a small opening in the crotch so you can turn it right-side-out and stuff:
Turn right-side out:
...And stuff. Then sew up the crotch. Hooray, you have the body:
Sew the arms and tail together, leaving the end open so you can turn them right-side out. Then stuff the arms. I opted not to stuff the tail; I like it a little floppy:
Hand stitch the nose-mouth to the front of the face. First, it looks a little deformed, and you may think you've done something terribly wrong:
But leave a small opening, stuff the fluff in there, and whip stitch it shut, and your nose-mouth takes the proper shape:
Now whip stitch the arms and tail on. It clearly doesn't have to be perfect:
Here's what it looks like from the front:
Next sew on some button eyes, the ears, and hand-stitch the mouth, and you've got yourself a sock monkey:
Here are the 4 I've made:
One for each of my favorite monkeys! (Carly, if you read this, no telling that I'm sending these to them. After all, it's for Christmas!)