Everyone loves a sock monkey! That's why they are my go-to handmade gift for babies. This fall, my baby beneficiaries are both boys, one in Metro DC and the other in Baltimore. What better gift for these human rookies than the local baseball rookies taking the region by storm?

What you'll need:
  • red heel socks
  • needle and white thread
  • embroidery floss (black, plus team colors)
  • small amount of white jersey knit fabric
  • small crescent of flexible plastic (for hat brim)
  • small amount of fabric in the appropriate team color (for hat brim)
  • fabric paint (team colors)
  • black permanent waterproof marker
  • optional: serger or sewing machine

Step 1: Make the Monkeys

I'm not going to go into detail about the construction of monkeys; every single package of red heeled socks in the history of ever has enclosed the exact same set of instructions on how to make them. I made my first monkey at age 8 following these instructions...that being the case I think it unnecessary to try to improve on them.

HERE'S SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT THOUGH: they don't make socks like they used to. Seriously. At some point in the late 80s or early 90s, the manufacturing process for the socks changed, and the toes and the heels aren't as big. The shape of the red heel is not the same either, it's less "smile-like." Because of this, I go on eBay every once and a while and buy vintage red heel sock packages. They are almost always available, and the monkeys turn out a lot cuter, in my opinion.

Since I like to give the monkeys out as baby gifts, when I get a new/old sock three-pack I usually knock out all the monkeys to keep on hand to customize when the occasion comes up.
Do you think you can make a Bryce harper monkey for me and I can but it I live in the DC area too.
Those little hats are adorable :)

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