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I am a mother of an infant son living in Tokyo with my Japanese husband who is a teacher in a public elementary school. I decided to make my son toys myself after being disappointed with the ...

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Lanky Monkey

from Jennifer Hateruma
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Lanky Monkey
Lanky Monkey
Lanky Monkey
Lanky Monkey
Lanky Monkey
Lanky Monkey

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • You should be able to sew a tight curve and do simple applique.

Pattern Description:

After sharing some of my sewing projects on FaceBook, a friend requested me to design a lanky monkey. He drew a quick sketch that I based this design on. I made my prototype in green for my son to test it out. He loves to sit and just flip the long legs back and forth in his hands. He also loves the springy action of the curly tail. I made a few small changes to the pattern to make it more user friendly for other sewing enthusiasts such as spreading the fingers and toes a bit further apart to eliminate potential seam blowouts. I never use fray-check so I try to make my designs sturdy enough on their own. I use quarter yard pieces of craft fabric because my projects are usually small and the quarter yard packs are usually very cheap. After finishing the red monkey for my friend, I found I was left with more than enough fabric for a second one. The red monkey was my final test of the pattern and I took step by step photos to add to my pattern instructions to make them even more user-friendly. Because of some of the tight curves, I would not recommend this pattern for a beginner. The stuffing part of the project is probably the most time consuming part but my design leaves stuffing openings in the back and at the wrists and ankles to make stuffing relatively painless. It took me a half a day to make the red monkey from beginning to end while taking some short breaks to take photos and care for my child, so I would guess it could be an afternoon project for most people.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • It is about 15" from head to foot.


  • You will need less than 1/4 yard of cotton print fabric.
  • You will need a scrap of black felt and a piece of white felt.
  • You will also need a piece of ironon (fuseable) interfacing

You Will Also Need:

  • You will need black embroidery floss.
  • You will need fiberfill stuffing and a wooden chopstick or stuffing tool.