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 hug

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 family

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

sew monkey doll from sock

mommy baby sock monkey

baby sock monkey sewn from baby sock

sock monkey sizes

{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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!!!!

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

  26. 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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  29. 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

  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.

  31. 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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  33. 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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  36. 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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  38. 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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  41. 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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  43. 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….

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

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

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