How To Sew Sock Monkey

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Gosh… I am supposed to sew some thing for the Earth Month this April, but I can’t wait to sew these sock monkeys. My hands simply took over my head and see what I did after a few days and nights of sewing…. a house full of sock monkeys!!!! Do you love them?

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I have seen a lot of sock monkey photos hanging around friends’ photo albums in many photo sharing websites, so envy. These sock monkeys are so cute and so adorable that I would want to hug one, I bet my kids would love to have them to accompany too when mommy is busy with works. Therefore, I went out to shop for some socks thinking that may be 4 to 5 pairs should be enough, I ended up with 20 pairs of colorful socks, simply can’t resist for not buying ;-). I made a few prototypes and showed them to my parents, siblings and their families during a dinner. Now, everyone wants one from me…. ha ha ha… Seeing their positive responses, I am certain that you will want one too :mrgreen: …. After a few researches and findings, here is my version of sock monkey. Though it may looks a bit different from the popular vintage sock monkey of Red-Heel that comes with a red lip but it is surely as lovely.

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With different sizes of socks, I made the sock monkey out of a family, from baby, toddlers, teens to adult. 3rd picture in the above album shows the family photo of the sock monkey, from daddy, mommy, sister, brother, triplet toddlers, and a baby. Not forgetting a brown sock monkey, the photographer who took this family photo that can do yoga. The sister (in purple stripes) who has magnets on her limbs are good in exercise and can be hung on any metal surface. Click next on the above photo album to see them all.

sock monkey

The siblings are indeed loving each other, not only they are huggy to human, but they also hug each other, like this one.

sock monkey

[Update: August 15, 2014] I have just published an amigurumi pattern to crochet the twin brother of sock monkey, crochet amigurumi monkey, aren’t they look identical?

amigurumi sock monkey

sew monkey doll from sock

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sock monkey for new born

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{CLICK HERE to get pattern & tutorial of Sock Monkey.}

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  2. I was on a road trip and stopped into a knitting factory museum in Rockford, Illinois where they have tons of museums. The city is located outside of Chicago. Rockford is the home of Nelson Knitting Company where the sock monkey originated from. Nelson Knitting Company also has the actual US patent on the sock money pattern. I guess sock monkey’s were popular even during the Victorian era. I also learned that Rockford is home of the famous Peaches depicted in the Tom Hanks/Gena Davis movie ‘Leauge of Their Own’ about the female baseball leagues during WWI. I really enjoy your DIY’s. You seem to post topics that people want to actual try. Thank you.

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  6. please en français. MERCI

    Translation (by Google):
    please in French. THANK YOU

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  8. I agree with the poster who commented about the button eyes being a choking hazard. I embroider the eyes on my stuffed pets.

    The original socks used for sock monkeys were the Fox River Mills Red Heel socks. You can still buy these socks and make the original 1932 sock monkey. Each 2 pack comes with a free pattern.
    https://www.foxsox.com/defaultEcomm.aspx

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  10. These are so cute! Made one yesterday but your head is more defined in the neck giving the head a more rounded look. The only thing I can think to do is tie a tight string around the neck to make the head look more separate from the shoulders but i don’t really like that idea. Any thoughts on what i should have done different?

  11. Thanks so much for these clear and detailed instructions!! I m now on my third sock monkey and they all have different personalities and quirks. Your project is brilliant and definitely the best instructions online for sock monkeys that I have found. Your monkeys are lovely, thanks for your inspiring post!! x

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  13. i would love too make all of these munkeys

  14. they are so cuuuuuuuute

  15. have you ever tried a “Mr Potato Head” sock monkey? I would like to make one for a friend!
    thanks for any help!

  16. I do not have a sewing machine. What type of thread do you recommend I use?

  17. Love your pattern, except for one thing…. Never put buttons on stuffed animals they are a chocking hazard.
    For the older children, put on safety eyes… , because even little children/tots/toddlers can come in contact with them..
    For monkeys for the smaller children… I use felt, sewn down, and/or embroidery the eyes on.
    I would hate to be the person who is the maker of a monkey/stuffed animal that had buttons and a child would choke on it and die….

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  19. Thank you so much for your monkey tutorial, here is my first one
    This one was a gift for little girl, but I plan to sew them a fundrising for our non-profit organisation.
    Václava, Czech Republic

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  22. You can find the original, red-heeled socks at http://www.foxsox.com. This company has sold all kinds of sock monkey products for over 20 years. Click on “shop online” at top of page. On the page you come to, products are listed in red. Click on the 3rd choice that says “red heel products.” This page shows all you need to do to get started making sock monkeys. You can buy the socks (they recommend size large, unless you have a reason for making a smaller monkey). You need one PAIR of socks for a monkey–but you need to buy two pair of socks tied together (you can make two monkeys!). The directions are attached to the socks, but online directions may be clearer. You can also buy a kit, with supplies included. You can buy a monkey that’s already made. You can buy a book that tells you how to make several other animals/people.

    Have fun.
    And great tutorial, Joanne!

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  24. Hi, I love these! I want to make one, but I only found a cute pair of socks that are knee length. Is there any modifications to make these with knee length socks?

    • Hi Gabriela, You can either use you knee length socks to sew a long arm and feet monkey, or you may cut away the excessive length from knee length and change it to crew length. Hope this help and I am here to answer you if you need more info.

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  27. Where do you purchase your socks? Love all your sock patterns, especially the sock monkeys.

    Thanks
    Vera
    Vedoca39@bellsouth.net

    • I bought them from local shops, many has asked me the questions and I have searched in many online shops but I still can’t find a shop that sell decent socks to make toys. May be I should open an online sock shops, please stay tuned!

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  29. My grandchildren now have a sock monkey,sock bunny,and I made a red sock fox at Christmas.I’d like to send you a picture if you want.

  30. hei! thanks for sheering such a thing!!
    im a beginer, but i love this monkeys and im making one. The most difficult for me is to make sew round shape! for example the end of arms and legs! on you epic they look so perfect!! mine have not so super round shape:/ the same with ears… how do you do it? do you sew very slowly?or you do it by hand or how can they look so perfect,and identical? awesome!!!:)

    • You are right, Katasia, I sewed very slow and I lift up the presser foot when needed to make a good curve. Don’t worry if it is not perfect, the sock is stretchy, it will smooth out after the stuffing of the the curve was not very bad.

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  31. Hello, your little monkeys are so cute! The prettiest I’ve seen!
    Can you tell me where do you find their black eyes please?
    Can I buy you a monkey?
    thank you
    Marlene

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  33. HI Joanne,
    Its Marcia again. The local newspaper here is doing an article on Sockmonkeys 4 kids. It comes out on Friday. Is there any chance that you could post my blog on your blog, or attach it somehow? It’s just for people who want to make sockmonkeys for charity…..my blog tells all about the things I have been doing. Its growing. Monkeys bring so much joy that I’m just anxious to spread the word…..your blog is so awesome…I wondered if you wouldn’t mind?

    The blog is sockmonkeys4kids.com. There are no strings attached at all. I just do it for the pure joy of making monkeys for kids in the hospital and other hazardous places. Hope to hear from you soon…..marcia

  34. Oh…….I love this pattern!!!!!! I am going to make these as soon as I get the supplies. Thanks!!!!!

  35. Last holiday we spent at Ghana. We made the monkey out of socks – which we all brought – with about 30 schoolchildren. Quite an experience for them, because they have nothing no siccors or anything and for us because it was very warm and dark in their African classroom. An experience that we and our daughters will never forget

    • Wow, this must be a good adventure to teach how to sew sock monkey in a dark and warm classroom to 20 schoolchildren. You are indeed a very kind-hearted person, I hope the kids there are now able to sew their own sock toys, they deserved them!!!!

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  36. Hello, I love this tutorial but I am having trouble trying to make my own LOL! I’m not very crafty and I was wondering if you sell these sock monkeys? If so I would love to purchase one!

    • Thank you for the interest to purchase the sock monkey. At this moment Craft Passion is not able to take in any orders yet but it is in the plan to open up a store soon.

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  37. Hi, I have been trying to find the perfect monkey plush and stumbled on your creations on pinterest. I think they are awesome, only problem is that, i don’t do crafts and know that I shouldn’t as I would only ruin all the socks in the world! lol so my question is, do you sell your plush toys and is it possible to personalize them a bit? only in terms of colors, if any. they all look awesome.
    It means a lot to me to find the perfect monkey. I hope you can help me out on this one:)

    AWESOME WORK!

    Cheers!

    • Thank you for the interest to purchase the sock monkey. At this moment Craft Passion is not able to take in any orders yet but it is in the plan to open up a store soon.

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  38. thank you for the instruction. I just made my first sock monkey last night and my neice loves it. though I cant let her play with it coz she keeps on eating the tail.ahaha. will this be good as a business? I really don’t have any idea.

  39. HI Joanne,
    Your tutorial is awesome and your monkeys are darling.

    I make sock monkeys for kids in the hospital, and encourage others to do it too. I put a link to your site on my blog so that interested Monkeymakers will know how to make monkeys.

    Happy MonkeyMaking…..marcia

  40. I love this tutorial!!! What kind of socks do you use? I got some cheap ones from Walmart that are pretty thin, will they still look okay, or should I use some wool ones?

  41. I just have a question. Am having trouble getting arms right. I triced to take hem out of top of sock but can’t do it without putting hole. Also same problem at bottom of feet. Thinking of trying with mans sock as it would be bigger

  42. Hello! I love your monkeys and your beautiful website! I’m looking to make a skinny one that’s only about 12″-14″ for my new baby… what size of sock should I buy? Thanks!

  43. Good morning. Love Love Love the monkeys. Thank you for your generosity in sharing the pattern. Do you use 100% cotton socks or will polyester be ok. I don’t cochet, is there a knitting pattern in the works? Peace. Jill

    • I used cotton sock for some of the monkeys but not very sure if it is 100%. I also used wool socks for some monkeys too. Sorry, I don’t have knitting pattern on the monkey as I haven’t learned how to knit amigurumi yet.

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  44. Hi Craft Passion,I was just wondering if you had to use the batting or thick aquarium filter pad for the tail or is it just optitnal.Thanks 🙂

    • It is not optional, you need to stuff the tail by using the loose polyester filling or by using batting. I used batting because it gives a smooth and event tail on the monkey 🙂

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  45. Your sock animals are sooo cute!!
    I googled “sock monkey” and yours are the best by far- info and results. now i know what to do w/ all the unneeded socks i can’t bring myself to throw away!:)
    Thx so much for sharing!!! Lord willing my younger siblings will love their Christmas gifts! 🙂

  46. Hi, just a quick question: is it possible to make this sock monkeys for selling? Or do they have any kind of rights?.
    Thank you.

  47. Is it possible to make a sock monkey out of a towel?

  48. Is it possible to make a sock monkey out of a NFL gatorade towel. I got one of the pink break cancer awareness towels and would love to make one out of that. Might you be able to help?

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  50. I just finished making my first sock monkey for my 2.5 year old daughter using your guide. It only took me a weekend to complete even without a sewing machine! I can’t wait to show it to her tomorrow. She loves monkeys so this was perfect for her. Thank you for sharing this!

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  54. Hi there, I love your tutorial! I’m going to give these a shot as gifts (instead of party bags) for my son’s birthday party. Just wondering, in some of the picutes you have added little embroidered noses, do you do that before or after you attach the mouth?

    • I did it after stuffing and sewing the mouth to the face but you can always do it before the attachment. The reason why I do it after is because the stitches are flatter and neater, when you pull the floss it will create a little “sinking” effect so it will make the nose more refine.

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  55. I have made 3 sock monkeys so far. They are adorable but I’m wondering where do u get the socks you use from. The ones I get they are not as cute 😉

  56. I want to attempt to make a sock monkey as well but I only have short sox, I don’t have long ones

    • Ohh…. then you will need to add a few step to modify your short sock to to crew length sock. Prepare 2 pairs of short socks, cut away the elastic part of a sock and cut out the foot part of another sock. Sew both up to get a crew length sock. Repeat the same to the other side of the sock. You will get a pair of crew length sock but with a seam line across the ankle area. Continue with the rest of the tutorial to sew the sock monkey.

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  57. Thank you very much 🙂 Will try them at the weekend. so excited x

  58. These are so adorable. I am going to attempt to make one of these sock animals. which is the easiest to make and how long did it take you to make it?? I do not have a sewing machine so it will take me a long while anyway. I was thinking of asking my mum to use hers 😉

    • Hi Alana, glad that you take up the courage to attempt the sewing of sock animals. I would recommend you to sew the single sock sock lion as your first project, then you can try the single sock bunny, sock penguins, followed by the bigger sock animal like sock lion, sock bunny and sock monkey etc….

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  59. I am not very experienced with sewing but I am willing to try this monkey because he is adorable and I have a nephew having a birthday. I wanted to make sure that all the black lines on the diagram are the sew lines and the blue are the cut lines right?

    • Yes, Sara, you are right. The black line are sewing line and the blue line is cutting line. Please sew before you cut. Happy sewing and please show me after you have done it 🙂 Thanks!

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  62. I make bigger size sock monkeys also by using leg warmers instead of socks 🙂

  63. Pls tell me making of doll

  64. I am making these for Christmas using adult socks. I finished one and the body appeared out of proportion to the rest. Can you measure your adult one’s body and tell me how long it is? Does it get shorter with more stuffing (making it fatter)? I thought about cutting the body in two pieces making it shorter and putting a “skirt” in the seam to hide it. Yours are so darling and in proportion, love them!!!

    • Sorry to know that your monkey turn out to be a little off. I have measured my adult monkey (the white/grey/yellow), it is 5″ from should to buttock, 4″ from should to head. Hope this helped. You can massage the stuffed body to alter the shape a bit (like when you roll a flour dough) and see if it helps.

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  65. You’re very talented! These sock monkeys are adorable. All I need to do now is have a go myself! 🙂

  66. I adore these! Uber cute! 🙂

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  69. im trying to find a pattern for a lifesize monkey at least 3 ft can you help

  70. Hello – your Sock animals are just FABULOUS!!! I don’t think mine will be anywhere near as good as yours but I shall try ! Are you able to send socks to us if we pay you via PayPal or do you know if the Sox shop you mentioned would post them ? Thank you so much Caroline x

  71. Thanks for the tutorial! Spent like six hours trying to make one of my own with some improvised materials! It’s dorky, with its two different sized blue button eyes, but I’m sure my 3 month old brother will love it! My 7 and3 year old sisters each want one too, so it looks like I’ll be busy for a while! Finally my summer won’t be so boring!

    • Hi Emily, I am so happy that your sock monkeys are so popular among your siblings!!! Please be sure to use safety eyes or felt eyes if you sewing them for baby, those normal buttons will be dangerous to baby as they tends to put everything into their mouth. Hope to see your monkey’s photos soon 🙂

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  72. Thank you so much. I just made a monkey for my new grandson. The socks cost me $4. I added safety eyes before stuffing and my husband wanted me to add hair and a belly button.

  73. do you sell your sock monkeys? I cannot sew and i LOVE your grey and white monkey

    • Hi Samantha, I don’t sell handmade at this moment as I dedicated all my time to create and develop new craft designs. I don’t mind other people make and sell to you though. 🙂

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  74. Hi im really intrested in making these, but I cant fit the buttons you use for the eyes only buttons with the holes on top but from your pic I can see you use ones with a flat surface on top? Where can I get these from? Thank you gemma x

  75. i loved the idea of the pipe cleaner and it would be great for kids because they can flex it and make it sit still.

  76. What do you think about putting a pipe cleaner in the tail to make it bendable?

    • Great idea, Brittney!!! If you want to make all the limbs bendable, you can include pipe cleaner too, just have to make to securely fasten in the stuffing so that it won’t poke out.

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  77. Hello. Love these ideas so much. My boyfriend really loves monkeys and the colour orange. I love the grey and orange socks you used, is there any chance if knowing where to get them ones? Maybe a link? ? Can’t wait to have a go at this!

    • I bought those socks from a local departmental store in Malaysia. Sorry that they don’t have any online store that sell the sock. The brand is Larrie perhaps you can contact them directly if they have any alliance that you may buy from.

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  78. I love crafts! And I love the bunny and monkey:) my baby is due in July. I am going to make the bunny for my baby girl 🙂

    thank you for showing me how to make it! 🙂

  79. Hi, I’m Anna. I am eleven and I live in Rome. Thanks for the monkey!! I have sewed one and it’ beautiful. He is not as nice as yours because i don’ t sew very well but I love it. Thanks a lot

    • Wow!!! Anna, you are the youngest readers that I have ever know that attempted the sock monkey!!! Well done! I am sure you will do better for the next few sewing. Keep it up!!!

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  81. Hi! Your sock monkeys looked adorable! I NEED to make one soon. Thanks for sharing the pattern. One question with regards to the monkey’s arms. Your pattern drawing shows only 1 black line on one of the arms. Does that mean I only stitch 1 side on one arm, and the other side will only be folded? And 2 lines of stitches on the other arm? Will they look the same after I turned them right side out?

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  84. Great Idea but your site won’t let me print the directions. I don’t have the internet at home (not everyone can afford another monthly bill) so I’ll have to go without this sewing project.

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  87. Where do you find the socks? I have checked on-line and at Wal-Mart and cannot find any like this.

  88. Is there a certain kind of sock to use? Nylon, knit, polyester or other? Thanks!

    • The best material is cotton, but have to make sure that the socks is not too thin after being stretch. Best way to judge how your sock will look like after being stretch is to put your palm into the sock.

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  89. I love making the sock monkeys! Got the idea from it being shared on Facebook! So clever but I actually leave a small side seam open on one of the legs as I couldn’t achieve a neat seam between the legs. Would you oppose me selling some of them for charity? It is for a school next to a huge refuse tip in Indonesia where the kids live on the tip.

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