Silly Sock Monkey

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If you are wondering how to make an easy puppet, this Silly Sock Monkey tutorial will show you how it's done. Use some baby socks to make the outside of the craft puppet and some stuffing to make it nice and soft. Your kids will love this cute craft and use it to play pretend on a rainy day. The best part about sock puppets is that they don't succumb to wear and tear like marionette puppets do. Of all the different kinds of puppets, this sock monkey is the fastest and easiest.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

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Where Did the Sock Monkey Come From?

When it comes to sewing projects for boys, dolls won't do, so you'll turn to making stuffed animals like the sock monkey. Have you wondered how the sock monkey came about? We've got the scoop on the origins of these adorable stuffed toys.

The origin of the name "sock monkey" is pretty self-explanatory: it's a monkey-shaped toy made from socks. The popularity of monkey toys was sparked from the combination of the demand for stuffed animal toys that went from Europe to North America and then the period known as the "Scramble for Africa." Stories of the strange creatures like monkeys came from the colonization of Africa as well as the popular children's story the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. 

The red lips of the typical sock monkey came from the popular knit socks with red heels made by the Nelson Knitting Company. Because the Nelson Knitting Company was based in Rockford, IL and two people fought over the patent rights to the sock monkey design, Rockford is now known as the "home of the sock monkey."

Sewing projects for boys may not be as prevalent as those for girls, but the sock monkey has a grand history that you can appreciate by sewing one like the project above. 

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I love to make baby items. Would be one very happy grandma with a lot of grandbabies. Now I just make things to give to friends. I also enjoy donating to the hospital. This darling sock monkey is going to be one of my go to's. I can't already tell. I think it is so adorable. It's not only for the Littles in your life. I can see making this for a dear friend that needs something to love and hug. I am going to make one today. Another cute pattern for free.

What an adorable soft toy to give a new baby or young toddler. This would make a wonderful birthday present. Love the idea of giving someone something that is handmade. Will try this out soon.

Cooler than a turtle on the beach!


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