Making a Sock Monkey

Kim Davis
July 15, 2005

I always hated retrieving the toy that had been dropped from the stroller or the walker when my daughter was little. A sock monkey solved the problem. It was soft and would drape over the edge of the stroller or walker. It had lots of things for little hands to hold. And it didn't have any pieces that could be chewed off. Best of all, I could throw it in the washing machine! A sock monkey for a child.




  1. First take one of the knee socks and flatten it with the heel underneath.
  2. Make a cut through both layers down from the top about 7 inches (about three inches above the heel) or half way to the toe. Each side of the cut makes one leg.
  3. Stuff about 4 inches of the toe and tie it shut.
  4. Sew the ends of the legs and about halfway down on both legs.
  5. Stuff the legs and the body.
  6. Sew the opening between the legs closed.
  7. Use the other sock for the arms and the tail. Cut the arms from the top of the sock and the tail from the toe.
  8. Sew and stuff the arms. Attach them to the monkey.
  9. Sew the material cut from the toe into one long ribbon by folding and stitching down the edges. Attach the arms and the tail.
  10. Cut one piece of white felt for the face (see drawing) cut two ears and two eyes from black felt. Sew them on the monkey face.

You now have a wonderful toy for your baby. It's safe, washable, and not easily dropped!

By Kim Davis

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March 21, 2012

I have been looking all over for a free monkey sock pattern. I find patterns for the monkey sock that is a toy, but that is not what I am looking for. It is a pattern for an adult sock that is called a monkey sock.




March 23, 20120 found this helpful


- 1 pair of knee length socks
- Polyester toy stuffing
- Needle or sewing machine
- Thread (coordinate with the sock color)
- Scissors
- Fabric marking pen
- Buttons (if the monkey is for a young child, consider using embroidery thread)

1. Lay one inside out sock with the heel out flat and facing down. Find the center line of the foot from the toe to about an inch from the heel and mark it. Beginning at the toe, sew a seam 1/4" from the center line up the foot and then back down the other side. Carefully cut up the center line, creating the legs.

2. Turn sock right-side out and stuff the entire sock. Use needle and thread to sew around the neck area. Slightly cinch together to create a neck. Finish stuffing the head and sew the top together.


3. Using the second sock cut out pieces for the arms, mouth, tail and ears. The upper part can be cut into to pieces, seamed and stuffed to form the arms. The mouth is created by cutting off the heel and whip-stitching to the face while adding stuffing for shape. The tail is formed from a 1 inch strip with a rounded end. Seam the edges together and stuff. Cut 4 small ear shapes from the remainder of the sock, seam and stuff.

4. Attach the arms, tail and ears to the body. Sew on buttons for the eyes. Because small buttons can be a choking hazard for little children, consider using embroidery thread to stitch eyes when the toy is for a child under the age of 3. A smile can also be embroidered on the mouth.

5. A small hat can be made for the monkey using the toe of the second sock. Simply roll up the cut edge to create a small brim and tack to the monkey's head using a few small stitches.



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March 23, 20120 found this helpful

Try Or OR AllFreeSewing .com. They have everything & something for everyone! And they are all connected. They have crochet too. Good Luck. : D

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October 24, 2009

How do you make sock monkeys?

By Crystal from Bloomington, IL


October 25, 20090 found this helpful
here is a post for making the free sock monkey form Rockford Red Heel Socks. You can also purchase the socks online and the directions are sent free. sells 2 parirs for under $12.00 and are on sale now for less than that

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January 20, 2009

Does anyone have crochet or sewing patterns for clothes to fit a sock monkey? Thank you.

Wendy-Lou from Chilcotin, British Columbia


January 22, 20090 found this helpful

I thought this internet site may be some assistance to you!

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April 17, 2012

My sock monkey arrived as a birthday gift in August - that's 8 months ago. He likes to hang out on my bed, tumble onto the floor occasionally, and hide under the covers.

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