Pink Sock Monkey Assembly

For those of you who are playing along and making a Pink Sock Monkey… Do you have your pieces cut and turned right-side out?

You do? Great. The next part is simple – filling them.

I used good old polyester fiberfill, but you can fill it with old nylons, yarn scraps, anything soft – and preferably washable. If you have an old throw pillow you don’t care for anymore you can even use that stuffing to fill your sock monkey – call it creative up-cycling.

I like to include a red felt heart, but no one will notice if you don’t.

When stuffing your monkey bits, adding the filling a little at a time can help avoid lumps. A chopstick or pencil (eraser end, so you won’t accidentally poke through the sock) helps work the filling into arms, legs and ears.

Filling the ears doesn’t take much stuffing.

After the ears are filled, fold in the open ends and close them up with a couple of quick stitches.

I use matching pink thread, but off-while or even white should blend with the pink & white socks.

After your final stitch, make a knot by taking another stitch and pulling the needle through the loop just before you pull it tight, then push the needle through the monkey – in any direction, just don’t let go of the needle before you pull it out the other side – tug slightly, snip the thread close to the monkey and the loose end will disappear into the stuffing. Magic! (This trick will come in handy when assembling your monkey.)

Set the ears aside – we’ll attach those later. Let’s move onto the body.

I prefer to fill the body before filling the legs, but either way is fine. The tricky part here is having enough stuffing so there aren’t any gaps while still allowing enough space to sew the opening closed. If you’re using fiberfill, add a little more than you think you’ll need because you’ll be able to push it around a bit and it will bounce back fairly well.

There’s not much material left to tuck under when closing the sock monkey’s inner thigh.

Since there’s not as much material here to fold in like you did when closing the ears, I like to slip the needle in one full stitch from the cut edge on either side. If any stitches look like they might unravel, I loop some thread through those for a bit of added security before stitching that spot closed.

With the body stuffed and closed, it’s time to attach the mouth. The mouth needs to be filled, too, but you have to stuff it while attaching it. Tuck some fiberfill (or material of your choice) into the mouth, fold in the top edge so there’s no pink showing, then decide where you want to place it.

You might want the nose higher or lower, but the toe seams are a good guide to help you center the mouth.

For this monkey, I tried to line up the outer white corners of the mouth as close as possible to where the toe seams (in the white portion of the head) meet the pink part of the body of the sock.  It helps to use a small safety pin to hold the opposite side of the mouth in place while sewing. Where the top of the nose meets the face I use off-white or white thread, since pink thread would stand out.

When you work around to the lower lip, you don’t have to be as careful about folding all of the pink inside since it will be attached to the pink part of the main body. This is when you can pull out any excess filling or tuck a bit more in to get the look you want.

While we’re working on the head, let’s add the ears.

Again, you can position them however you like.  I set the ears of this monkey just behind the same seam lines I used to position the mouth, and tried to keep the top half of each ear on the white part of the head and the lower half on the pink part of the body. You might want the ears on your monkey slightly lower, higher, further forward or further back.

Because the ears are fairly flat, I stitch them along the front and back for a little extra security.

It’s starting to look more like a sock monkey, isn’t it?

Now it’s time to attach the arms. I like to place them fairly high on the torso, leaving a little neck space in case the recipient wants to put a scarf or necklace on the monkey. You might prefer them a little lower.

Step one: tuck the raw edges in so you’ll have a clean edge to attach to the body.

Don’t over-fill the arms (and tail) because you need space to tuck the raw edges in.

Step two: safety pin the arms on at various spots to see where they look best.

Have you decided where  you want the arms? Good. There’s a third thing to consider before making your first stitch. Remember the seams you sewed before cutting the pieces? They usually aren’t that obvious, but I try to hide those seams in the monkey’s arm pits, which is where I start stitching.

A few stitches made, just continue around the arm.

Last up – the tail. When I made my first sock monkeys, I wasn’t sure where, exactly, the tail should go. The official instructions don’t specify if it’s on the white or colored part of the sock. I knew it wouldn’t look right on the red. I thought it looked cute close to the white, but still on the pink part of the body.

This monkey’s tail is about half an inch above the white. The previous monkey’s tail was barely a quarter of an inch above the white. The important thing is to center it on the back.

Now that the mouth, ears, arms and tail are all attached, you shouldn’t have any spare parts lying around. (If you do, you may be making a mutant monkey.)

Congratulations! You’ve just completed the hardest part of making your own sock monkey. At least it’s the hardest part for me – I’m not a big fan of all that hand sewing. But it’s worth the effort to make a sock monkey.

Cute, huh? Just wait until next time when we personalize it with a face – and even hair if you like.

Questions, anyone?

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About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on October 8, 2012, in breast cancer, breast cancer awareness month, craft-along, fiberfill, pink sock monkey, Projects, Sock Monkeys and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. She’s getting so ‘real’ I hate to see needles sticking into her, it brings back memories. I LOVE that you put a red heart into her, that is the kind of special thing that really makes her all the more precious. This is such a cool project. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Funny you’d mention the needles – while I was assembling her, it actually crossed my mind too! It just means the monkey will have more in common with her soon-to-be recipient!

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