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Detailed pattern and instructions for the original red heel socks sock monkey - fun and easy craft project that anyone can do. Kids love the adorable sock monkey and sock elephant and this is the original pattern from Rockford Red Heel Socks.

Sock Monkey Instructions

Sock Monkey Materials & Pattern:

  • One pair Rockford Red Heel Socks
  • Cotton batting or polyester fiber
  • Red knitting yarn
  • Black embroidery thread
  • All purpose thread
  • Buttons for eyes (optional)
  • Straw hat (optional)
Sock Monkey Pattern

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Turn sock inside out.
  • Sew a seam (A) 1/2 inch on both sides of center of sock starting three inches from the white of the heel and across the end of top. Cut sock between seams and to within 1-1/2 inches of white heel. This leaves an opening in crotch. Then turn sock so seams are inside and use crotch opening to stuff head, body and legs.
  • ARMS:
    Cut the upper part of the sock into two pieces. Seam, rounding ends and stuff the arms.
  • MOUTH:
    Cut the heel from the sock, leaving a brown edge around the white. Fasten on lower part of the face, whipping around the bottom; stuff and finish sewing around the top. The mouth can be improved by a running stitch of either black or white across the middle of the lips.
  • TAIL:
    Cut a 1 inch strip, taper to end of cuff on length of front of sock. Seam and stuff.
  • EARS:
    Cut the ears from the remaining brown part of the sole of the sock.
  • EYES:
    Sew on moving eyes; buttons, felt, or embroider with black thread. (For very small children embroider eyes.)
  • CAP:(Optional)
    Cut off toe of another sock, leaving 1/2 inch of brown to roll for a brim. Sometimes a fez is used for a cap.

NOTES:

There are many variations from this basic pattern. Decorations can be either pompons, yarn or bells. Jackets, vests and skirts are also used for clothing the monkey.



Sock Elephant Instructions

Sock Elephant Materials & Pattern:

  • One pair Rockford Red Heel Socks
  • Cotton batting or polyester fiber
  • Red knitting yarn
  • Black embroidery thread
  • All purpose thread
  • Buttons for eyes (optional)
  • Cardboard
  • Wire Hanger
  • 2 Pipe Cleaners
Sock Elephant Pattern

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Turn sock inside out.
  • Cut 3.5 inches off rib of sock. Starting 3 inches from heel, sew 1/8 inch seam on each side of center line and across end of ribbing. Cut sock between seams and about 1-1/2 inches farther to make opening for stuffing. Turn right-side out.
  • HEAD & BODY:
    To shape head, stuff foot of sock nice and plump and tie off loosely at neck with ribbon. Insert 1-1/2 inch circles of cardboard in feet and stuff. Finish stuffing, sew legs, and slit in crotch, making one seam on underside of body and the other up toward the tail.
  • LEGS:
    Cut second sock as shown, about 5 inches long. Turn inside out, seam along one side and across foot. Insert pieces of cardboard in feet, stuff, and attach near front of body.
  • MOUTH:
    Cut off complete heel from second sock. Stuff lightly and sew to head. Stitch across center to shape mouth.
  • TRUNK:
    Open flat strip of sock so that it is about 1 inch at one end and 6 inches at the other. Round the wide end. Fold in half lengthwise, inside out, and seam along one edge and around narrow end. Turn right-side out and stuff. Sew to head just above mouth with seam underneath. To bend and hold trunk in various positions, insert a piece of wire through length of trunk. Insert pipe cleaner tusks.
  • EARS:
    For each ear, cut two pieces in shape of ears. Seam and turn right-side out. Sew on level with highest point of trunk.
  • EYES:
    Sew on moving eyes, buttons, felt, or embroider with black thread. (For very small children enbroider eyes.)
  • TAIL:
    Make small short roll of material and sew in place.
  • TRIMMING:
    Trim is optional. A fringed strip of bright material can be placed over the back, or tassels may be sewn on. Rickrack, little bells, ribbons, or beads naturally give the toy a more festive, circus-like appearance.

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