How to Make a Sock Monkey
One pair of knee socks
Thread of any color(color of sock preferred)
Pair of scissors
2 buttons (matching)
Polyester stuffing (can be found in stuffed animals)
Hot glue gun
1) For now you will only be using one sock, so put the other one aside for later. Turn the sock so
the heel is flat on the table. The sock should look like a straight line, not the “L” shape most
socks are shaped like.
2) Rotate the sock so the open end where you would stick your foot in is facing you. Then cut
through both layers of the sock down to the area of the heel. What you have just cut will soon
become the legs.
3) Turn the sock inside out and sew up the legs starting at the bottom. Be sure to leave a hole at
the crotch area big enough so you can stick your finger/s inside, preferably your thumb.
4) After that carefully and gently flip the sock right side out. Next stuff the body and legs with the
polyester stuffing. If you are having trouble stuffing the body or legs use a stick like object,
pencils work great, to push the stuffing down into the body or legs. Continue stuffing your
monkey until you reach what I call ‘The Happy Cuddle Medium’. This is how stiff or soft you
want your monkey to be. I prefer mine somewhere in the middle. Finally, sew up the crotch.
5) Okay, it’s time to focus on the other sock now! Take the other sock and flatten it out so it is
shaped like a capitol “L”. Next , starting at the top of the sock, cut down the middle. When you
get to the heel turn the scissors 90° and finish cutting to the toe of the sock. Don’t cut the heel
when you are doing this. It may sound crazy, but there is a method to my madness.
6) Next take the half of the sock that doesn’t have the heel on it.
7) After you have done step 6 turn the long strip of fabric without the heel and turn it inside out.
Sew it up, but leave a hole in the top. This will soon become the tail, if you don’t like the length
feel free to cut some of the length off to make it shorter. Just make sure you sew up the area
where you cut.
8) Now turn the tail right side out and through the opening you left in the top, put stuffing in.
Continue stuffing the tail until you are satisfied with the tail appearance and shape.
9) Time to sew the tail on the monkey! Pick a space on his back side about where his behind would
be, if it had one. Sew on the tail, but be sure it’s not too high or low. We don’t want a tail
coming out of its leg!
10) After you have sewn on the tail take the other half of the second sock and cut the heel off of the
sock. The longer side will become the arms and the shorter side will become the ears.
11) Cut the longer side vertically so you end up with two long skinny rectangles. Make sure they are
not too short; we don’t want the monkey to have studs for arms.
12) Turn each arm piece inside out and sew them up, be sure to leave an opening in the top of each
arm so you can stuff then. Another note while you are doing this, don’t stitch the arms together.
13) Flip the sock arms right side out and stuff them until you are satisfied. Now, select a place on the
right and left side of the body at the same level and sew the arms on.
14) Finally, it’s time to focus on the face of the monkey. Take the heel and leave it right side out, but
tuck the edges under so we don’t see them. Now sew the mouth on, but leave a hole so we can
15) Let’s stuff the face, make sure it doesn’t look completely flat. Try to give it some volume,
continue stuffing until you are happy. When you are finished with that finish sewing the face up,
and make sure you tie an extra big knot on the end so it doesn’t come undone.
16) If you wish to attach ears, take the other piece of fabric from the second sock and cut it in half.
Cut it so you have two larger, more square like rectangles. Turn them inside out and cut the
shape of half an oval on each one.
17) Sew each ear up but leave a hole on the side you wish to sew onto the head. Flip the ears right
side out and put a little bit of stuffing in them.
18) Finally, sew the ears around the level of the eyes. Please remember to make the ears level and
don’t sew both ears on one side.
19) Last, but not least, we are going to attach the eyes. Plug in the hot glue gun and let it heat up
20) When the hot glue gun is hot enough put some glue one each of the buttons and stick them on
the monkey’s face. Right above the mouth is the best place to put them.
21) Push down on the eyes and hold for 10 seconds so they don’t fall off. Allow to dry for about 15
minutes. Finally when the eyes are finished drying, you have your very own sock monkey.
Footnotes: Pleas name your sock monkey, it would be really sad for him/ her to live their life and
never have a name.