Thanks for joining me this Tuesday. Today I am celebrating the Sock Monkey ! Did you have one as a child ?
Little Sock Monkey History :
It is believed that the first sock monkey was made out of Rockford Red Heel socks in the great depression in the 1930s, some would say 1950s, the monkeys have been silent on the topic. Old worn out Rockford socks were given a new life by Grandmothers across America. It was the distinctive red heel of the socks that was so important. As with all sock monkeys, it’s all about the heel of the sock. The distinctive red on the heel became the monkey’s mouth and they were filled with corn husks to become toys for children.
The sock monkeys emerged in 1932, the year the Nelson Knitting Company of Rockford, Illinois. These socks are knitted seamless socks in grey and white with the red heal that makes the mouth on a sock monkey.
One reason why sock monkeys are popular is that sock monkeys are said to be good luck charms, and as a result, people offer sock monkeys as gifts. Sock monkeys have been given to patients in hospitals as a symbol of a quick recovery.
Make our own:
- 2 pair of socks
- felt for face
- 2 Buttons
- Basic Sewing supplies
. One sock will be for the body, head, and lCut along the cutting lines. Round the corners of the limbs and tails. The other sock will be for the remaining body pieces. Sew along the sewing lines (these are about 1/4 inch away from the cutting lines) Turn everything inside out Put the stuffing into the body section, all limbs and tail. The body and legs should nice and tight so put enough stuffing to form it well Close up the stuffing hole. And stuff ears and close. Pin all in place and attach. Add eyes and mouth .
Christmas Monkey :
- Felt in red, white, brown
- red pom pom and small buttons
- stuffing and sewing supplies
I made a rough pattern and cut out pieces. Add the face and hat details with glue and sew on eyes. Stitch togethers adding hanger and pom pom.