Let's make cute Sock Monkeys!
- For these monkeys I used regular women's socks (not knee highs, they are too long) I bought at WalMart, but if you want the classic sock monkey look, I've found those at the Arm Navy Outfitters store
- buttons for eyes
- embroidery thread
- regular sewing supplies
Choose your socks. Cut the first sock as shown.
- Cut #1: measure 2 in" up from heel first, then cut across.
- Cut #4: Be sure to cut top and then bottom. If you just snip it with the layers together, you will cut off parts of it. As you can see, it isn't normally even.
Turn the second sock inside out. Measure 1" up from white of heel and place a pin. Then pin down the center. Sew on each side of the pins, keeping the edge of pressure foot next to pins. Create a rounded end and stopping just before the 1" marker pin.
Cut down the center to the 1" mark. Trim around rounded ends. Turn and set aside.
The next step is to pin and sew the other pieces.
Since the ears were cut on the fold, I snip a small part of the fold so I will have a turning hole that will be easy to hide later.
Sew on edge of pressure foot. Create a rounded end for the arms. Trim rounded arm ends and turn all pieces.
Your pieces should now look like this:
You may now gather your things, move away from the sewing machine and get cozy on the couch. (I popped in a movie and everything!) Everything else is hand sewn.
Stuff body to your liking (it always takes more stuffing than I think it will). Stitch opening closed.
Take 2-3 strands of embroidery thread and tie it around the body about 4" from the top to create a neck. I start on the back, tie once in the front, bring the threads back to the back and tie a knot there. So there are 2 layers.
|tied in the back|
Trim off extra length.
Pin the snout onto the front of the head. Hand sew around 3/4 of it. No need to turn the edge under, the knit won't fray and the little raw edge looks cute.
Stuff snout and stitch the opening closed.
Stuff arms and tail. Use a running stitch around the end and pull tight. Then attach to the body. I like the raw edge on the snout, but it leaves too much of a gap with the arms and tail for my liking. I stitch the arms and tail on about 1/2" from the edge and hide the gathered raw edge inside.
The tail is placed in the center of the heel on the body sock.
Attach the ears. I sew the two corners together first.
The ears should be placed directly on the sides in line with where the eyes will be.
The last step is to make the face. Embroider the mouth with 2 threads, following the picture:
- To hide the ends, push the needle in from a few inches away and travel inside, coming up at your starting point. Same goes for the end thread, go under at the knot, then come up a few inches away.
- Stitch #2 goes all the way across. Don't pull it very tight.
- Stitch #4 is as small as you can make it. It's purpose is to hold the smile in place. My knot is in the same place.
Embroider small rectangles for the nostrils and attach the eyes.
Now you're done!!
|I messed up on cutting the stripped sock, that's why the tail is short...|