Meet Lulu! She's my contribution to Loobylu's Month of Softies. This month's task was to make a sock monkey, which is pretty much self-explanatory.... you take a pair of socks, and make a monkey out of them, see. After some googling around I have learned that the making of sock monkeys is a widely practiced activity! I loved this month's theme because it is almost impossible to be serious about making a monkey out of socks. So the entries are hilarious. Claire has created a group on Flickr for us to share our softie pics. You can see all the entries here.
I learned some valuable life experience while making my sock monkey, which I will share with you. First, do not use tube socks. After I was too far along in the project I realized the heel serves the vital purpose of giving the monkey a derrierre, which allows the monkey to stay in a seated position. When made with a tube sock, the monkey prefers to stand, despite concerted efforts on your part to get it to sit in a chair, cross its legs and have its picture taken, for example. Also, never ever use cheap socks to make a sock monkey, like the ones that come in a bag of six pairs from Target. You see, the toe of the sock ultimately becomes the monkey's head, which being a monkey head, is bald, and a poorly made sock results in an oddly shaped and rather lumpy head. This of course leads to some necessary last-minute creativity, like maybe a big-ole hairbow. And finally, it is preferable not to use socks with high amounts of lycra, as the result is a spongy, springy and lumpy monkey. So there you go.
Lulu is my biggest softie yet at 23 inches. I immediately had a vision of a white monkey in a red dress, and the rest of the details just fell into place along the way. Her dress is made from my favorite red homespun and I actually gathered, sewed and hemmed it like a proper dress. Her necklace is made from some bright red beads and baby alphabet letters that I've had for ages and never found a use for. My absolute favorite part is her little apron! Originally I wanted to make her apron as my contribution to Amy's Tie One On, but the theme this month is "pink lemonade" which didn't coordinate with my red and white vision. So... I dug around in my hankie drawer and found this sheer hankie with red hearts embroidered around the scalloped edging, and a little cherub with wings and a heart with a little key. I cut it in half, gathered the raw edge, sewed it to a red dotted ribbon and tada! I think it looks exactly like a sweet organdy apron from the fifties. So cute! Her shoes are little felt mary janes, and I added a detail of a tiny white heart-shaped button with wings shaped like the ones on the cherub. I also made her a little clutch pocketbook from white felt, and lined it with red gingham, but I didn't think to take a picture of it open, so you'll just have to trust me on that.