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, amigurumi monkey, aren’t they look identical?

amigurumi sock monkey

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

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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.

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  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.

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  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!!!

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  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! :)

  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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.

  34. 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

  35. 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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  36. 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.

  37. 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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  38. 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

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

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  42. I adore these! Uber cute! :)

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

  45. 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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  46. Pls tell me making of doll

  47. I make bigger size sock monkeys also by using leg warmers instead of socks :)

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