Sock Monkey

My first mistake was thinking I was going to go make a sock monkey real quick.  He will never get a brother and I nicknamed him Lumpy, but he’s finished and my daughter loves him.  That’s what counts.

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Codi had to move to a new dorm room last week, and I was trying to come up with a little dorm-warming present for her.  She had mentioned several months ago that she loves sock monkeys and I happened to find these fun socks, so it seemed like a great idea.

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I used the tutorial from Craft Passion.  It’s a great tutorial, and most of the hiccups I faced were my own fault. 

What’s cuter than a basket of sock monkeys?  Well, Craft Passion’s sock monkeys at least.

Craft Passion

I don’t think starting with knee socks was the best idea.  It makes for very long legs, arms and tail, which are very difficult to stuff.  I didn’t have any problem cutting the pieces though.  Her illustration made it easy.

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I made my seams too skinny and had to sew some of them a second time when they started popping loose.  I also didn’t leave the area for turning large enough, so my sock developed a run when it was pulled too much.  I was able to stitch it up, but it added more time to my already very long project.  These socks were a very stretchy nylon, so I think a natural fiber with less stretch would work better. 

I had a little difficulty with the method for stuffing the tail, but I think it’s because I pulled it too hard and the batting broke.  Again, all me.

In the end, Lumpy took 4 hours to finish.  Take a look at those arms and you might understand how he got his name.

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When I was finished, I showed him to my son, who looked at me like I had just had a conversation with a potted plant.  The look of relief when I told him I didn’t make one for him was almost insulting. 

As I said before though, the girl with whom Lumpy will be spending his days thought he was adorable.  She was even surprised when I said I made him.  That, or someone did a great job teaching her some manners.

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