Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sock Monkeys

Well, I finally made some sock monkeys. Did you have a sock monkey as a child? I never did, and I wondered what they were all about. I wanted to know how they were made, and why they have remained popular for so many years. Would you agree with me that my becoming a grandma may have had something to do with the pursuance of this project?

I made each a little differently according to a couple different tutorials.

They are playful!

monkey buddies

I ordered the socks online because I couldn't find them in stores near me. When I went to order a pair, I found that two pair came with the order and that was fine with me! Each monkey takes one pair of socks. I will tell you how the two patterns compared. Below is the first one I made with skinnier arms, a longer tail and a pom pom cap.

The second one I made has thicker arms and a shorter, thicker tail. I must say that they were easier to stuff. The way you cut the legs was a little different in each pattern too. For the one above, I turned up the feet and slip stitched them to form a foot. On the one below, they were cut more on a curve so I just left them flat. The one below didn't allow for a cap, so I made a pom pom and attached it to the head. I did this by threading the two ends of the piece of yarn that made the pom pom through the head with an embroidery needle. I tied the two pieces of yarn into a knot and trimmed the ends. One more thing, the ears were made a little differently in that the one above was stuffed a little and top stitched while the one below was simply sewn and slip stitched onto the head.

Maybe there are even more ways to make sock monkeys. I am pretty happy with these and I hope my little grandson will cherish the one I gave him.

I noticed that when we visited our new little grandson at the hospital, there were sock monkeys in the gift shop. I had no idea they were so popular. 

Hope that means I am a hip grandma!

Have you sewed a sock monkey?


  1. My husband had one. I wish I had it!!
    XO Kris

  2. Never made one - never had one - but God I just love the ones you do!!!
    Are you the one that sent Kris hers?

  3. You did a great job on them!! Never had or made one. My Granddaughter got one, and several other related items at a shower for my great grandson.
    Hope you are having a great week.

  4. Wonderful job, Patty! They are both totally adorable.

  5. I didn't have one as a child, but how can you look at a sock monkey and not smile? :D

  6. Adorable, Patty! You did a great job. Somehow I think that new baby will be getting lots of fabulous creations from grandma! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hi on my blog. :) Your sock monkeys are adorable! It didn't even occur to me to order the proper socks online so I just went with colourful ones. I love my fleece one but my sewing machine sure didn't!! It's interesting to see the differences in patterns for making them too. I've gotta say that stuffing was my least favourite part so short, fat arms sound like a winner to me. :) I'm sure your little grandson will treasure his always.


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