Last year around this time I was in Michael’s (the craft store) when I came across a sock monkey kit. The kit included everything you needed to make a sock monkey, minus the stuffing and needle and thread. And because sock monkeys are awesome I decided to get it and make it. It didn’t turn out quite the way I anticipated.
In fact, it ended up looking like this…
Which I guess is kind of cute if you squint and tilt your head to the left. I call him Jangles… because he’s a little off. What I didn’t anticipate about making this sock monkey was the amount of sewing involved. I don’t know how to sew. Never learned. I imagine if I knew how to properly sew this would have gone a lot smoother. But I don’t. And it didn’t. So I moved on.
I recognize now what went wrong in poor Jangles. He needs more stuffing for one. That would probably solve most of his problems. Also his face is crooked because I didn’t know what I was doing.
But I’ve figured out a better way to do that too, so we’re good. Since making poor Jangles I’ve made several more sock monkeys. They turned out A LOT cuter. I think I made about 10 last year for various presents and donating to a Christmas sharing thing. To top it off I do all my sock monkey sewing by hand because I don’t know how to use a sewing machine. Nor do I own a sewing machine so even if I knew how to use one I wouldn’t be able to. So needless to say, it takes me a long time to make a single sock monkey.
Now fast forward to this year. I’m making more sock monkeys! Sock monkeys, sock monkeys, sock monkeys everywhere! I was asked to make ones for a couple of little girls for Christmas. One likes green and one likes purple.
See. Much cuter, right? So I made the sock monkeys, then I knitted the scarves and decided that they needed a little something else, so I thought felt flowers! The flowers are ridiculously simple to make.
Here’s what you need:
- 3 different colours of felt
- Paper, pen and pencil
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Safety pins
I found that the easiest way to make the flowers was to make templates that you could trace onto the felt. That way all the petals will be the same size and shape. And you can fiddle with your shapes on the paper before committing and cutting it out on the felt.
Then when you have everything cut out put little dots of glue in the bottom corner of the petal and place another petal on top. Continue around in a circle until you reach the end. Then put the last petal under the first petal and place a dot of glue in the corner.
Do the same thing for the small petals. You should have two separate flowers at this point. Put a dab of glue in the centre of the larger flower and attach the smaller one. Glue the leaves onto the back.
I decided that I didn’t like the way it looked with the leaves attached, so I removed them. Then I glued a large rhinestone in the centre and a safety pin to the back and voila! You’re finished.
Quick and easy craft that’s super cute. Or at least I think so…
I’ve been doing A TON of crafting the last couple weeks so I’ll probably be sharing what I’ve made. Because why not? So stay tuned for that. Tis the season for crafting. Me thinks.