Today I would like to show you how to make a tutu for a sock monkey .
Things you will need
1/ Tulle or netting spools any colour
2/ card board /pen
3/sharp pair of scissors
4/ round jar or tin
5/elastic /safety pin
6/needle and thread
8/ small piece of tape
First of all measure two pieces of cardboard the same size 8″x 8″/20cm to make a 4″/10cm tutu if you need tutu bigger make larger . Stick the two pieces together with a little tape top and bottom leaving open at sides
Take the end of your tool and stick with your tape a little bit over the end to secure . Keeping the two pieces of card together.
wrap the tulle round the cardboard not too tight as each end has to be cut.You can use all tule or as much as you think you will need . When done cut between the cardboard at both ends keeping tight hold.
Once cut you have a pile of squares ready to make your tutu .
You can use normal elastic or thicker wrap round your monkeys waist for size and mark and cut . Once you have your peace pin ends together and put round jar stretching slightly . I find a jar easier but you can use other things what evers best for you .
Take two pieces of tulle ruffle together and fold in half making a loop in middle .
Going under from top putting loop under and thread rest of piece over and through loop pull to make a knot .
Keeping pieces together carry on all round elastic till full . You can always add more later .
Try round you monkey for fit . Then sew elastic together on machine or by hand . Filling any gaps with another tulle knot to hide elastic . Make sure it’s even cut any odd pieces make it level .
Your tutu is finished fluff up once on monkey or pull knots tighter😊
I make sock monkeys in my craft room in the smallest room in my house . Been very busy and found my self sewing late at night and when I can. I love making them but never have a break . Also look after my grandson Joe a couple of days a week he’s very special . I am also an Avon representative just gives me a little commission love Avon.
The monkeys have taken over my world love creating but don’t always have time to make things I would like . This can be a problem when you do everything your self . I decided after being ill that things had to slow down a little to many late night sewing wasn’t doing me any good .If you have your own business you have to work hard at it I know ! But it isn’t worth killing your self for life’s to short . So I have started to step back and take a look if there’s a better way to do things get more organised and have a little me time .
This means I can’t take any more orders and even thought let’s take time out ! Perhaps a year but it wouldn’t be time out because I would still be making can’t help my self. Also you risk losing your customers your fans your friends ? But less pressure and less stress . Sometimes I want to go in a bubble and no one can get in only me .
I think it’s very important not to lose your sanity but sometimes people exspect to much . I haven’t always made monkeys I have painted made my own cards and also made bagcharms and bits of jewellery For quite a few years . So I am fully pledged in. The handmade business it can be up and down and you don’t make a lot of money so why do it ! The satisfaction of it being something you create your self and sell is a wonderful feeling fact that people love what you do.
I miss out on lots but my lovely hubby pays the house bills . Very lucky that he has a good job . Also I wouldn’t be able to look after my grandson if I had A normal job. The question came up the other day getting older I suppose there comes a time when you have to think I won’t be here forever ! So many things To do and enjoy in life .
So this is where I am doing things in normal hours so can have me time and not lose the plot . Sorry if your waiting I do appreciate your custom and still may take the time out ! Not decided yet . I have started to make just for my shop rather than making lots of orders gives me more freedom to make what I want to do ! My prices have gone up to a little because if I don’t start making money I cant really call it a business and may as well give up anyway . All my monkeys are unique and made with love and made very well by me .
I came across these strange socks when looking for something different to make my monkeys ! I loved them they come in packs but every single one is a different pattern no two the same the make is called United odd socks
Think I like them because they are bright and colourful. I remember the first sock monkey I made they put it on there face book page. Gratitude indeed you may say ! yah fame at last haha .
To make a monkey I need a pair of socks and they make packs of three so My odd sock as I call him was made from the sock left over with a couple of other socks I found . My odd sock was born he sits in my bedroom with my other monkeys I have created . I have made a few now out of this make of sock even a miss odd sock . Just purchased some new ones so can’t wait to make them up.
Update Odd sock was two on the 26th march
what is an odd sock you know when a pair goes in the washing machine and only one comes out funny how that happens ! That gave me another idea to make monkeys out of them . One of my customers and friend sent me some of her granddaughters odd socks and I made her two monkey loved them that was quite a few years ago now before I CE tested them.I must ask has she still got them ? Great idea for keep sakes !
The thing about these odd sock monkeys everyone has been different even though they are all odd socks they are unique and made by me. Thanks for reading my blog . Please watch out for the new odd sock monkeys if you would like one only make a few .