How To Sew Sock Monkey

How to sew Sock Monkey

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?

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.

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.

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

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  1. Is the sock monkey supposed to be able to sit up on its own? I just made one (super cute) and it falls back. Just wondering if I did something wrong! Thank you for taking the time to do the tutorial!

  2. Thanks so much! About how big is the bunny?

  3. When I was photographing my monkeys for a show… I found that if the tail is placed the right way on the body, you can “lean” it on the tail going toward the back… work with it.. and also the padding in the butt. They will sit.

  4. Hi! How big are these sock monkeys when finished?

  5. I love your blog. I’ve done sock monkeys and sock bunnies. I’ve also done elephant, puppies, kitties and bears with your ideas. Thank you!

  6. They are really funny, I have too look for some nice socks… Thanks!

  7. Love these guys. They have so much character. Question: do you allow us to use your pattern for resale? Would like to know as friends have been asking me to make for them. Thank you

  8. Thank you, wouldn’t sell your pattern, just the monkey made from that pattern. I would be happy to give you credit for the pattern and idea. I’m sure most of my friends realize Pinterest is the cause of my fun.

  9. Hello! These monkeys are just adorable! And so I’ve decided to make one for my nephew who is to be born in about 2 weeks. All the time I had in my head to make the version with an adult sock and just now I’ve calculated inches into centimetres and it seems quite big to me (it will be only about 2 inches smaller than him). So I guess I’m writing for a suggestion – should I make a smaller one for a newborn? Thank you very much! Best regards, Nina

  10. Yeah, that’s a great idea! I bought all the materials today, for now for the adult-size sock monkey. Plan to make it in a day or two, then we’ll see … :) Thank you!

  11. Thank you very much. This tutorial ist clear and very well done.
    The monkey are gorgeous ( and funny .-)

  12. wow! I like the pattern of the socks! I would like to make it to my girlfriend. But the question is where do I get the exact same kind of socks? and I don’t actually have a sewing machine. do you think I can make a sock monkey without a sewing machine?

  13. I have used your pattern to make several sock monkeys. It works so well. Have to tell you, I’ve made red sock monkeys many times. But, I love the way you do the tail. It’s inspirational. Thanks again.

  14. These are so FUN! I would love to make a basket full (looking at them makes me giggle). Then when grandchildren come to visit, they can pick the one that speaks to them? Thank you so very much for this!

  15. Just love these little monkeys, made one for my 5 month old granddaughter but instead of buttons for eyes just embroidered eyes on as everything goes into her mouth :) thanks for the wonderful tutorial

  16. These are great! I have made these using the long knee high socks but to be honest, I really like the shorter version you have created here. Based on my previous experience it is wise to sew the seems several times over, even if they are hard to reach because the seams pop open and you’ll have some unhappy kids/customers. I sold mine at craft sale about 3 years ago and had kids coming up with monkeys that seams were splitting and I found myself hand repairing them at my table. One extra seam secured them.

  17. Hi Joann! Since Facebook is notorious for not letting page owners know when I tag them, I thought I would stop by myself and let you know I featured this post and my readers loved it!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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  24. 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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  27. 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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  29. 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!!!

  30. 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! :)

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