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.

sock monkey sizes

[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

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

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  1. 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….

  2. Thank you very much :-) Will try them at the weekend. so excited x

  3. 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.

  4. 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 ;)

  5. 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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  9. 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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  11. 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?

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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! :)

  15. 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 :)

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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

  19. 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?

  20. 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

  21. 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.

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