I've been meaning to get a decent tutorial put together on how to make a sock monkey. Sometimes, I think I'd like it if how to make a sock monkey was some kind of state secret and the only way to get one is to buy one of mine. Then I could be a Professional Monkey Maker. But truthfully, I'm happy that the how-to of monkey making is out there for the whole world. If it wasn't, then I wouldn't have had a guide to make my first monkey.
So in the spirit of sharing the monkey love, I'm going to link you to a fantastic tutorial on Urban Threads. That's pretty much how I do it. Of course, I'm still very new to the sewing machine technology. All of that sewing can be done by hand (I recommend using a doll making needle - they're crazy long, but make it easier to sew these creatures by hand).
You can use the pattern that is provided by the folks who make the original Red Heel socks:
That pattern was all I had when I did my first monkey. Somehow, he ended up without a tail. oops.
I've even given my monkeys some embroidery tattoos like the ones in the tutorial. Actually, I recommend the embroidery as a way of covering up either writing on the sock (like a brand name) or unsightly holes.For example:
hole in toe? (what you see here is the tip of the tail)
accidentally make a hole in the front of the monkey? (seam ripper accident)
now he's all heart!
Next time, more ways to embroider your monkey...like tattoos or monograms.
Posted byHello Pineapples! on Friday, October 10, 2008