I’m not really sure what the blogland obsession with sock monkeys is all about but I finally jumped on the bandwagon. [is it an American thing? I never heard of a sock monkey before I blogged! Yet the instructions are English!]
Oz has all these socks that no longer fit. I intended to make sock puppets with him today, but time, as it does, marched on and it was bed time. To the scrapping room, I hear you shout! but I was just too sore so I needed an armchair craft and using the instructions found here I created this little chap, old school, by hand!
Considering how lopsided he is I’m inordinately proud of him.
Here are a few pix of his creation. There are a million tutorials out there so I’m sure you don’t need another! I’ve included a few notes of things I would (will?) do differently next time.
The first note being that if you use much tumble dried small boy socks you end up with a rather short limbed monkey!
Note: I changed my mind and cut the ears from the ‘spare’ heel in the end. Ears need to be longer than you think to allow for turning them out and tucking under to sew on. Ditto the nose in fact!
Leave a bigger gap than I did to stuff him!
If you’re using those press together shank eyes do put them in before stuffing (although how to position them without the nose which needs to be attached after stuffing I don’t know! Try to make them leveller than I did!)
If poss make the arms thinner than this, oh and the same width would be good!
Do try to make the nose central. In fact as with all cuddly toys the final stuffing and limb positioning etc is where character is formed so don’t rush it!
Did you ever notice that the closer I get to the end, the more I forget to take pix? Body coloured thread would be better than black. Start limb attachment in the least obvious place to make the fastening off at the end easier to hide!