I saw a woman selling one of these at a craft show last fall - and I totally would have bought from her - if she wasn't charging $40 for it!
So I made my own.
This was a small monkey - a prototype, if you will. I wanted to mess around and see if I could get it how I want before trying out a big one. Please excuse the 2 different monkeys - I forgot to take "before" pictures, so I borrowed the girl's.
This was a Sock Bunny, but the ears were only tacked on with 3 stitches.
The next item is an old t-shirt.
This one has been used for cleaning & whatnot, so it is nice & dingy.
Ensure that the monkey is indeed dead.
Cut the t-shirt into strips. They range in size from about an inch to narrower.
Allow the inspector to approve the t-shirt strips.
I did a large running stitch along the edge
as I went to hold the strips where I wanted.
I should not have messed with it, since I like how smooth it is here.
(I re-did the head to use white instead of light blue thread).
Wrap the arms, legs & tail. Then cover the body.
If I had kept at it and not unwrapped him several times,
it probably would have taken 4 or 5 evenings in from of the TV.
monkey = $2.47
shirt & buttons = already had
needle & thread = already had.
What I will do differently next time....
-Use either green embroidery thread or puffy paint to make X's for the eyes instead of buttons.
-Possibly cover the entire body / limbs in a layer of t-shirt before wrapping so the color doesn't show thru.
-Use shorter strips to cover armpit & 'bikini area' first before wrapping the rest. Those were hard areas to cover neatly, especially with the tail.
My next victim!!