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 ...
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 selection of toys for purchase at the big stores and the big price that goes with them. I also wanted him to be able to enjoy things that Mama made just for him. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was about 5 years old but I only recently started making my own patterns. I would love if others could use my patterns to make special gifts for their loved ones too.
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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.