We finally finished our sock monkey gifts, so I can share them!! Yay!! This started out as a project to do with the kids, and we ended up liking how simple and cute they are, so we decided to make them for our nephews and niece. I love the way they turned out. Now we just have to finish the monkeys our kids started.
We got the instructions online, and I will post them below. The socks were purchased at Target for $2, and everything else we had on hand, except the stuffing, which only cost about $5 for the bag. Making this a very inexpensive project!!
Here are the instructions:
Modern Sock Monkey Pattern
1. One Pair Original Rockford Red Heel ® socks.
2. Stuffing - use Eco craft or polyester fiberfill (will need approx 6-8 oz)
3. Red knitting yarn (optional)
4. Sewing thread, embroidery thread, 2 buttons (optional)
Sock Monkey Instructions:
Turn both socks inside out.
Sew a seam on both sides of the center of one sock starting three inches from the white heel, curving across the end of the top.
Cut sock between seams and to within 1 1/2 inches of white heel. This leaves an opening in the crotch.
Then turn sock so seams are inside and use crotch opening to stuff head, body and legs. Hand stitch to close gap.
Cut the upper part of the second sock into 2 pieces. Seam, rounding ends and stuff the arms. Attach to the body by hand.
Cut the heel from the sock, leaving a brown edge around the white.
Fasten on lower part of the face by hand-stitching around the bottom; stuff and finish sewing around the top.
The mouth can be enhanced by embroidering a running stitch in either black or white across the middle of the lips.
Cut a one inch strip on front of sock, tapering to end of toe.
Seam, stuff and attach to body by hand.
Cut the ears from remaining brown part on the sole of the sock. Attach to head by hand.
Sew on moving eyes, buttons, felt or embroider eyes with black thread.
(For very small children embroider eyes).
Cut off toe of another sock sock, leaving 1/2 inch of brown to roll for a brim. Sometimes a fez is used for a cap.
There are many variations from this basic pattern. Decorations such as pompoms, yarn, bells can be added. Jackets, vests, pants, skirts and shoes are also used for clothing.