Stitch a sock monkey
Craft: How to make the classic sock monkey.
Scripps Howard News Service
This classic American sock monkey is affordable, easy to make and a ton of fun for crafters of all ages. You can use the traditional Rockford Red Heel socks or make one with bright colorful socks.
The stitching process is simple and perfect for a beginner. This is a great project for an adult and child to work on together.
Add costumes and accessories to the monkey for extra personalization. Craft and doll stores have hats, purses and shoes all sized for toys. Small garments can be stitched from scrap fabric or other socks.
To get started you will need: One pair of Rockford Red Heel socks, polyester fiberfill, red yarn, red thread, sewing machine, hand sewing needles and black embroidery floss.
To begin, turn the sock inside out. Working on sock No. 1: Sew a seam ½ inch on both sides of the center of sock starting 3 inches from the white heel and across the end of the top. Cut the sock between the seams and to within 1 ½ inches of the white heel. This leaves an opening in the crotch. Then turn the sock so the seams are on the inside and use the crotch opening to stuff the head, body and legs. The rest of the steps are working with sock No. 2.
Turn the monkey body right side out. Break off small clumps of stuffing and begin stuffing the body and legs of the monkey. Add stuffing until the monkey body and legs are firm.
ARMS: Cut the upper part of the sock into two pieces. Seam, rounding the ends and stuff the arms. Hand-stitch to the body.
TAIL: Cut a 1-inch strip, taper to end of cuff on length of front of sock. Seam and stuff. Hand-stitch to the body.
MOUTH: Cut the heel from the sock, leaving a brown edge around the white. Fasten on lower part of the face, whipstitch around the bottom; stuff and finish sewing around the top. The mouth can be improved by a running stitch of either black or white across the middle of the lips.
EARS: Cut the ears from the remaining brown part of the sole of the sock. Hand-stitch to the head.
EYES: Embroider with black thread.
The monkey is finished at this point, but you can continue to sew costumes for her or him.
Cathie Filian is a lifestyle expert, Emmy-nominated television host, author and designer. Visit her blog at www.cathiefilian.com.
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