How to Make a Sock Monkey

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You will need, needle, thread, scissors, cotton wool (approx half a bag per monkey), socks and a pen.

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Turn your socks inside out

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Arrange your socks like so, the flat sock will form the monkeys body and legs.

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Using your pen draw legs for the sock monkey, leaving about a cm underneath the bottom and a half cm gap between the legs.

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Cut the base of the sock off and cut around the legs that you drew. It doesn't matter if they aren't straight as you can sort this out with stitching.

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Holding onto the edges of the legs, stitch round them in a straight line. When you get to the top of each leg stitch a tight knot. Make sure you leave a gap at the bottom to turn the sock inside out.

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Turn your sock inside out.

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Tear up cotton wool balls to make it easier to stuff the monkey. You will need about half a bag per monkey.

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Stuff the monkey through the base.

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Make sure the body is well stuffed before stuffing the legs. If it is lumpy you can stretch and roll the monkey to even it out.

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Use smaller bits of cotton wool to stuff the legs.

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Use the top of the pen to get the cotton wool to the bottom of the legs.

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When the legs and body are stuffed, sew the bottom section up.

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Even out the legs and body by rolling them.

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The body is now done and can sit up on its own!

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Take the other sock and lay it out flat. This will form the ears, mouth, arms and legs of the monkey.

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Draw on the tail (on the left side), the ears (on the right top section), and the arms on the bottom right section, and...

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...cut out.

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As on the body, sew each element in a straight line (curving the stitches where needed) and turn inside out.

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Stuff the tail and sew on to the back just above the bottom.

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Tail done!

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Stuff and sew the top of the arms up.

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Arms done!

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Stuff the ears, not too much though, as they need to bend.

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Sew up the bottom of the ears

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Fold the ear over and...

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...sew the two sides together.

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Sew the finished ears onto the side of the head.

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Ears done!

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Position the mouth and start to sew it on.

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Leave a gap whilst sewing the mouth and stuff with cotton wool.

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To give your sock monkey a smile, sew across the finished mouth.

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Sew on some odd shaped or unusual buttons to give your monkey character.

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Final step is to enjoy your sock monkey! :)

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