Sock Monkey Gifts and more!

Today we are celebrating National Monkey Day!  And we are featuring the Sock Monkey! There is something about those cute little stuffed monkeys that keeps them just as popular today as they were years ago.  So why not celebrate their existence with a fun daily holiday?


It is believed that sock monkeys originated during the Great Depression when money was scarce and folks could not afford ready-made toys.  Being resourceful and creative, moms started making stuffed monkeys from socks.

In honor of this day, I’ve put together some great sock monkey gifts, patterns and fun facts.  Lets celebrate the sock monkey!

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Baby Sock Monkey Hat

In the 1950s the Nelson Knitting Company discovered that people started to use their socks for sock toys. The favorite?  Well, sock monkeys, of course!

Personalized Sock Monkey Ornament

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The company filed to patent the sock monkey and got a grant for it in 1955. They then started to include a sock monkey pattern in every package of their Red Heel socks.

Sock Monkey Necklace

Shortly after Roebuck and Co. started to sell a book which included instructions to make more than 50 sock animals, dolls, puppets. Thus turning the sock stuffed animals into a whole separate branch of the hobby.

Monkey Ceramic Breakfast Plate


Rainbow Sock Monkey

Sock monkeys are some of the most popular toys to this day. Most popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s, they have experienced a rebirth of popularity in the last few years.

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Long Sock Silver Sock Monkey

A yearly Sock Monkey Festival is held in Rockford, IL where visitors can also enjoy a museum honoring this wonderful monkey that brought smiles to so many faces for over 100 years.

Sock Monkey Booties

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Sock Monkeys on TV

David Letterman featured a sock monkey during his Academy Awards appearance, promoting the movie Cabin Boy — where he was playing a street vendor selling — you guessed it — sock monkeys. In Batman Returns, Catwoman gives into evil by throwing her sock monkey away.

Sock Monkey Pacifier Clip

Fun Fact: The world’s largest sock monkey is 7 feet and 2 inches tall. His name is “Nelson” (after John Nelson who invented the seamless sock machine), and he lives in Rockford, Illinois, when he isn’t touring the country as a goodwill ambassador. Nelson was made from 44 Rockford Red Heeled socks!

Sock Monkey Fingerless Crocheted Gloves Pattern

Monkey and Lion Rolling Pin

Celebrate Sock Monkey Day with your favorite stuffed pal!

For lots of fun crafts and tutorials, visit my other website, Suzys Artsy Craftsy Sitcom!


3 comments… add one
  • Heidi March 11, 2017, 4:15 pm

    Love sock monkeys and you’ve found some unique varieties! So fun! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  • Sara March 10, 2017, 7:52 pm

    Very cute! I really love the hat and gloves. Thanks for linking up at the Home Matters Link Party! We hope to see you again next week:) #HomeMattersParty

  • Stephanie March 7, 2017, 11:02 am

    I love a sock monkey. This is a great round up. I am especially a fan of the sugar skull sock monkey. I was hoping it was a tutorial, but found it was an etsy item. Guess I will try to make a similar one. Thank you for the great inspiration.

    PS I love holidays and all things holiday, so I love the theme of your blog!!


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