Yo, Ho, Ho, All!
Wonderful to see you all again and I have still be reading everyone else’s blogs and enjoying the Christmas vibes and the masses of good ideas floating around at the moment. Today I thought I would take some time out to show you all how to make an easy cuddly toy which costs very little, is wonderfully qwerky and can be done in an evening!
That’s right, you’ve guessed it, we’re making SOCK MONKEYS!!!
So, here are the ingredients (haha, that sounds funny, I should probably say making thingymabobs…):
- A pair of socks in a nice colour (size is your preference) with contrasting toe, heel and top – Tescos do men’s socks as cheap as 5 pairs for £6 – example to the right:
- Stuffing, I personally used an old cushion which I was going to throw out which is FREE! Alternatively you can buy toy stuffing from C&H for £2.99
- Thread – £1.99
- Needle – Hopefully you already have one at home!!
- Buttons – Whatever colour you like, I prefer black buttons for eyes with white thread to sow 🙂
- A sowing machine will come in handy but if you don’t have one don’t worry, it’ll just take a little longer.
Sock Monkey Making Stages:
One sock is the head, body, and legs of the monkey. The other sock will be the arms, tail, mouth and ears. Lay one sock inside out and with the heel flat facing down. Mark the center line of the foot from the toe to approximately one inch from the colored heel. Sew up one side of your marked line and back down the other side, leaving approximately a quarter inch space between the line and your seam. (The width of my sewing machine foot worked brilliantly for me):
Cut the legs up the middle, between your two seams. Turn and stuff the entire sock. Decide where the “neck” will be and stitch around the neck with quarter inch stitches. Pull the stitches snugly until you get the size neck you want and knot the ends.
Round the head area with stuffing as desired. Fold the raw edges to the centre and tuck inside. Stitch the opening closed.
Fold the second sock inside out and cut like this:
The left two strips are the arms, the heel is the mouth, the two top semi-circles are ears and the right strip is the tail. Cut them out, sew them, turn them the right way out and stuff them – Whether you want to stuff the tail is up to you, I thought it looked best unstuffed.
Attach the tail to the bottom wherever it looks best, attach the arms either side of the body (obviously – I hope you’re cottoning on now…haha get it?)
Now sew the heel onto the “face” for the nose/mouth. Sew the bottom edge to the monkey’s chin carefully folding under the raw edges so they won’t be seen when it’s finished. Once you have sewn the bottom half on add stuffing to make the nose/mouth puff out. Fold the raw edge under and stitch the top edge to the face.
Stitch the completed ears to each side of the head.
Finally, add button eyes and there’s your monkey!
Now I’m going to be honest, I have used the wikihow website to help me out with the photos and instructions but I have now made seven sock monkeys for Christmas and they are genuinely easy and so lovely to make and look at afterwards!
Love Lizzy x
p.s. Please choose a nicer colour than the grey socks in the demo pictures!!
p.p.s. How your sock monkeys may turn out: