If you don't own a sewing machine or aren't good with a needle and thread, you can still make a charming sock monkey companion as long as you've got some craft glue in your cupboard and a pair of clean socks you don't mind cutting up. The pattern is the same as a sewn monkey. Keep in mind that your monkey won't be as strong as one that's sewn together, but it will have an identical set of button eyes and the same stuffing on its insides.
Turn one of your socks inside out. Lay it down flat on your work surface, with the heel facing up.
Starting at the leg hole, cut down the centre with the scissors until you reach the heel of the sock. Above the heel will be your monkey's head and torso, and below it will be the monkey's legs.
Apply a thin layer of fabric glue, sealing off the ends of the monkey's feet and gluing closed the sides of his legs. Leave a small opening between his legs to turn him inside out.
Use the binder clips to clamp the glued fabric together. Set the monkey's body aside and let it dry for 12 hours.
Turn the other sock inside out and flatten it so the heel is facing sideways. Cut a 1-1/4-inch-wide strip from the top of the leg hole all the way down to the toe with the scissors. This will be your monkey's tail.
Glue the tail closed along its length, leaving the leg-hole end open. Clamp it with the binder clips along its length and set it aside to dry for 12 hours.
Cut out the heel with the scissors, leaving a 1/4-inch perimeter of wiggle room around its circumference, and cut off the very tip of the toe. Throw away the tip of the toe. You won't need it. You should be left with the heel wedge, a longer rectangle where the leg was and a shorter rectangle where the foot was.
Cut the shorter rectangle with the scissors into two half circles. These will be the monkey's ears. Glue the rounded parts of the ears together, leaving the straight edge open. Use the binder clips to clamp the glued pieces together and let them dry for 12 hours.
Cut the longer rectangle (the leg portion of the sock) in half with the scissors, down the crease (if there is one). These two pieces of material will be the monkey's arms. Glue them closed on one end and glue them closed down their length, leaving the other end open. Use the binder clips to clamp the glued pieces together.
Take off the clamps on all of the pieces of your sock monkey after 12 hours have passed. Turn the pieces inside out. Stuff all of the pieces of your sock monkey with the polyester stuffing. Glue the opening between the monkey's legs closed. Clamp it with a binder clip.
Fold 1/4-inch of the open end of the monkey's tail down and coat it with fabric glue. Attach it to your sock monkey's rear end. Use the binder clips to clamp the tail onto the body for 12 hours until it dries.
Fold 1/4-inch of the open end of one of the monkey's arms down and coat it with fabric glue. Attach it halfway down on the body of the monkey. On the other side of the monkey's body, attach its other arm the same way. Use the binder clips to clamp the arms onto the body for 12 hours until they dry.
Take the heel of the sock and fill it with a pinch of stuffing. Position it on the monkey's head so that the bottom edge of the heel is level with the top of the monkey's arms. Fold 1/4 of an inch around the heel and coat it with fabric glue. Attach the monkey's mouth to the place you positioned it. Clamp the mouth on using the binder clips and let it dry for 12 hours.
Fold down the open edge of the monkey's ear. Coat the folded edge with fabric glue. Attach the ear halfway up his head. Repeat with the other ear on the other side of the monkey's head. Use the binder clips to clamp the ears on and let them dry for 12 hours.
Lay the monkey on its back. Use the fabric glue to glue on the buttons for eyes. Wait 12 hours for all of the glue to dry. Unclamp the monkey's parts. Draw a smile on his face with a white fabric pen.
Instead of craft glue, you can use a glue gun, double-sided tape or iron-on fusible webbing to construct a sock monkey. You can also add accessories to your sock monkey to personalise it, such as flowers, a feather boa, pearls made out of Mardi Gras beads or a blank book for the recipient to write about their adventures with the sock monkey.
Tips and warnings
- Instead of craft glue, you can use a glue gun, double-sided tape or iron-on fusible webbing to construct a sock monkey.
- You can also add accessories to your sock monkey to personalise it, such as flowers, a feather boa, pearls made out of Mardi Gras beads or a blank book for the recipient to write about their adventures with the sock monkey.
Things you need
- Pair of clean socks
- Fabric glue
- Polyester stuffing
- Binder clips
- 2 buttons
- Fabric pen