and asked if they had been made into a monkey yet. Then she asked if she could have it for her birthday. Of course grandma said "YES!" So here is the process I used to make her monkey.
|Usually I use the toe of the sock for the head of the monkey, but argyle socks don't look good in the toe.|
|This sock has a row of stitches that can be removed to open up the cuff with out unraveling the sock.|
|Stitches being snipped.|
|One cuff opened... I did open both ...and then later wished I had not. One could have been left and used for the monkey's hat.|
|The foot of the sock is stitched for feet and legs of the monkey, just up to the heel of the sock.|
|Here is the sock stitched and cut apart for legs.|
|Here are the legs and body turned right side out ready for stuffing.|
|This is my favorite stuffing for monkeys, soft and cuddly!|
Stuff the whole body and close the top of the sock.
|Monkey's head being closed, cuff becomes hat.|
|The second sock is cut into various pieces. First, cut the heel out like this.|
|Baste the raw edges to the inside and embroider a mouth (inside photo)|
|Here is the mouth, I like a simple smile.|
|Sew the mouth along the upper edge first.|
|Then add some stuffing and finish sewing the lower edge.|
Remove basting stitches if they are noticeable.
|A line of running stitches for the neck.|
I like to begin and end under the monkey's chin... hides the knot!
|I like to use this portion of the foot for a tail. Can you see the line of stitches that curves along the fold?|
|Cutting the tail loose AFTER stitching it.|
|Turning tail right side out with the help of a bamboo chop stick.|
|Tail, ready for stuffing.|
|The foot piece after tail is cut off is a good place to cut ears.|
|If you want dark ears, just trace around a small object (like a thread spool) and stitch before cutting.|
|I wanted fancy ears, so I stitched a semi circle around the yellow triangle.|
|Here are the ears, one turned right side out.|
|Fold the raw edge in and sew a few stitches to hold it closed.|
|The upper portion of this sock becomes the monkey's arms.|
Think carefully about where to cut if you want symmetrical arms!
|Pin the seam matching the argyle lines carefully.|
|Sew a line of running stitches in one end of the arm. I chose the cuff end.|
I use a dowel to help keep the arm open while stitching.
|Pull the running stitches tight and close this end of the arm.|
|Arm turned right side out.|
|I like to add a line of stitches for a wrist, and form a hand.|
|Two symmetrical arms, with hands.|
|The argyle pattern gives me a nice placement for the arms.|
|If the arms are stitched at an angle, then they will not stick straight out.|
I used the angle of the argyle pattern for a stitch guide.
|The sock seam in the monkey's foot is hidden by folding and stitching a tuck to form the monkey's ankle.|
The foot on the left is folded and stitched, the other is straight.
|Ears sewn on each side of the head - forgot to take photo of the sewing!|
Eyes help give her some personality...... she asked me to make her a pom-pom for her hat. I have been wanting to try out the mini pom idea I saw on Pinterest ... so here it is!
|Wind yarn around the tines of a fork. Tie in the middle.|
|Removed from fork, ready to be cut open.|
|All cut open, but not yet trimmed neat.|
|Ready to sew onto her hat.|
|A happy monkey, waiting for the Birthday!|