How To Sew Sock Monkey

how to sew sock monkey

How To Sew Sock Monkey

Sewing Pattern: Download pattern here. It contains the eyes, ears and pattern for drawing the sock.

Make: 1 (adult size)
1. Sock (crew length), 1 pair (I used striped sock so that it is easy to get the alignment right.)
2. White felt
3. Button eye 7/16″ [11.5mm], black, 2 (for toddler monkey, use 3/8″ button)
4. Embroidery Floss, yellow
5. Poly-fill stuffing material
6. Batting, or thick aquarium filter pad (you can get it from pet shop)
7. Letter size paper, 1

1. Sewing machine
2. Sewing needle (prefer long) and pins
3. Scissors
4. Erasable fabric marker
5. Iron
6. Printer

Seam Allowance: approx. 1/8 – 1/4″

Note: for different sizes of sock monkeys, use different sizes of socks.
Since the sock is stretched after stuffed, thick sock yields better quality than thin sock.


Prepare all the materials needed as described above.
Cut the eye from white felt by following the download pattern above. Mark the button eye position.
If your socks have folded cuff, remove the stitches carefully and don’t accidentally cut the sock. Flatten the fold to have a longer length.

Turn the sock to wrong side, align sock as per photo below. Press with warm iron.

Cut sockDraw pattern on the sock with erasable fabric marker. Since not all socks are the same, I can’t make a standard pattern for you to trace.
If you haven’t had the pattern, download it here and print it out.

sew and cut1. Align the stripes on both layers, pin.
2. Sew it with sewing machine, best if you have walking foot so both layers walk together. You can use hand sewn too.
3. Cut as per pattern.
4. Cut all pieces out.


turning openingThere will be an opening created between the legs. Use this opening to turn the sock right side out.

how to turn sock1. Insert the thumb into the leg till the feet end. “Pinch” the feet end with your thumb and index finger.
2. Push the index finger into the sock while thumb withdrawing from the sock to turn the sock right side out.
3. When the feet surface to the opening, pull the whole leg right side out.
4. Repeat the same to the other leg.

Finally, turn the body out. Smooth out all the seam line.
Turn the rest of the body parts, except the tail.

Stuff the legs with poly-fill stuffing material.

stuff sock monkeyFill the body round and to the firmness you like.

how to sew opening on sock1. Sew slip / ladder stitch on the opening about 1/8″ from the raw edge. Let the thread loose and don’t pull it yet.
2. After finish slip stitch the opening, pull the thread to close the opening.
3. With the needle still on the sock, wrap 2 to 3 rounds of thread on it, pull the needle through while pressing the wrapping thread with your finger.
4. Insert the needle some where near by and come out from the other side. Pull the thread and cut it close to the sock. The thread will be hidden in the sock neatly. Always do this when you sew.


Stuff the arm with poly stuffing material until about 1/2″ from the opening.
Roll the monkey arm with you hands to make the stuffing even and nice. You can do this now and/or after sewing up the opening.

sew arm opening1. Stuffed monkey arms waiting to be sewn.
2. Run stitches about 1/4″ from the raw edge.
3. Pull the thread to gather a bit, push the raw edge into the arm.
4. Tighten up the opening by pulling the thread fully, make a few stitch across, knot and cut thread.

sock monkey armsBoth arms waiting to be assembled to the sock monkey.


sew monkey ear1. Stuff the ear with small amount of poly-fill. Fold the raw edges in and slip stitch.
2. Pull the thread to close the opening. Knot.
3. Fold the ear vertically and slip stitch the opening seam line.
4. The finished ear looks like this.


even tail stuffingCut a piece of batting or thick aquarium filter pad, 3 times the width of the tail and the length when it is stretched or partially stretched.

Fold the batting three times and sew the end to the seam line of the tail end (wrong side).
Whip stitch the folded batting in place until the other end.
Sew the batting again to tail seam allowance about 1/4″ below the raw edge.
(Note: I used this method since stuffing with poly-fill to a long narrow tail is difficult and uneven.)

turn and stuff tail1. The batting and the tail before turning.
2. Insert finger into the sock and pull the tail right side out, portion by portion. Only turn the sock not the batting.
3. Repeat (2) until you reach to the end. Continue with the turning by inserting the batting into the tail until it fully gets into it.
4. Adjust the batting so that it looks neat. Fold the raw edge in and stitch it up just like the arms method.


sock monkey partsBody, arms, ears, tail, mouth, felt eye and button eyes are all set to be assembled into a sock monkey.
Divide the body into half, with top half being the face of the monkey where eyes and mouth are sewed to.

Position the felt eye with the center point align to the middle of the face portion. Pin it and sew with blanket stitch.
You may want to decorate the felt eye with a line of running stitch with 6 strands of embroidery floss before sewing it on the face.

Sew the button eyes to the marked positions of the felt.
To make the eyes attach to the face closely, insert your needle as deep as possible into the face, turn and come out to another point of the same eye. Pull thread tightly so that the eye attach closely to the face.

1. Mark the mouth on the face with erasable fabric marker. The shape is rounded corner rectangular, with bottom align to the face’s border and top covers a little on the felt eye.
2. Fold and baste the raw edge of the mouth, then pin it in place. Slip stitch around until you are about 1″ away from the starting point.
3. Stuff the mouth fully. Continue to slip stitch to the starting point to complete the mouth.
4. Embroidery branch stitches across the middle of the mouth. Tips: look out for the toe seam line of the sock, this is where the middle is.

sew ear and tail1. Sew ears on the side of the face with slip stitch around (front and back of the ear).
2. The front of the ear is aligned to the side line of the monkey.
3. Position of tail.
4. Sew it with slip stitch around too.

Sew the arm on the marked position with slip stitch around. Knot the thread and insert the needle to the other side of the arm position. Pull the thread so that arm “squeezes” into the body, knot to secure the shape.
Sew another arm with slip stitch.
If you think that the arms are not “sunken” enough, pass the needle to the other side, pull the thread to get the result you want, knot the thread securely.

sock monkeyProvided you stuff you monkey very dense, sometime, you may find the monkey head is a little tall and pointy, this is normal due the shape of the adult sock. I found that kid’s and toddler’s sock do’t have this problem.
If you are happy with it, then it is OK. But, if you want to make the monkey head round like the one I made, the following step will be helpful.

head adjustment1. The original pointy head due the toe compartment of the sock.
2. Pinch the top of the head to judge how much you want to sew to make it rounder. Mark the space with erasable marker. Gradually decrease the width from center towards the front and the back.
3. Join both lines with slip stitch.
4. Here is it, a rounder head for the monkey.

sock monkey sewing tutorial

[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

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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! :)

  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.

  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.

  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. :)

  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 :)

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

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