Red Heel Socks
Original Rockford red heel socks, manufactured by Fox River Mills make a classic looking sock monkey doll. The distinctive heel of one sock makes the mouth and the other makes the bottom (butt) of a sock animal.
How to make this sock monkey
Things you need:
modern sock monkey pattern
Rockford Red Heel Socks
Black embroidery thread
I followed the modern pattern instructions and when it came to doing the ears I slightly stuffed mine. I just prefer my ears with some stuffing and then I like to embroider them as well.
These socks are the ones to use if you are making traditional looking sock toys. They are perfect for creating a stuffed animal as they are solid work socks - made to last.
After making many creatures I really notice that the thicker stronger socks are the ones that are going to hold up over time. On saying that, there are still many fun thinner (non work) socks that will last well if they are taken care of, all depends on how often arms, legs etc are going to get yanked in different directions.
This little guy is my own personal toy. He was the very first primate I ever made. Aww!!
TIP: To make classic looking toys, the original socks are a must. To get truly vintage looking animals, a pair of Nelson red heeled socks are needed and you might also want to use the
Where to buy Red Heel Work Socks
There are so many places where you can buy monkey socks from so it pays to have a shop around online or in store if you have the time. I personally have shopped for monkey stuff from a number of sites and have found
have great service. I also liked that I could order the pattern book and socks from one place.
If you are wanting to mainly shop for socks (all sorts of socks) then
is the place to go. They carry the red heel socks in blue heather, pink heather and brown tweed. They have both the original and updated Fox River sock toy pattern books. Everything you need to get started with making sock animals.
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