How To Sew Sock Monkey

sock monkey

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?

sew sock monkey

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.

sock monkey

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

sock monkey

sock monkey for new born

sock monkey

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

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  1. 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?

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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:)



    • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!!!!

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

  8. 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… 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 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

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  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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


    • 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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  17. 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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  19. You can find the original, red-heeled socks at 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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  22. 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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  24. 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….

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

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

  27. they are so cuuuuuuuute

  28. i would love too make all of these munkeys

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  30. 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

  31. 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?

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  33. 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.

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  35. please en français. MERCI

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

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  39. 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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