It all started with a stuffed gorilla from the thrift store!
Step 1: The Gorilla
My boys (Damien and Jigsaw, named after the Omen and Saw!), they used to have a store-bought monkey hammock and they REALLY killed it. So I cut the final straps off of the old monkey so that I could use them to secure their new gorilla.
First steps: Just wash the stuffed animal gently in your washing machine and when that is done, toss it in your dryer and put it on low heat or air dry/line dry for a long time.
Next, decide where you want the entrance point to be, cut it open and take out all the stuffing. Save it for another project!
Step 2: Prepping the Shape & Lining
Then I figured that I wanted to line it with an old t-shirt because I didn't want them to feel anything scratchy, I wanted them to be cozy and happy! So for this, I turned him inside out.
I tore up the shirt and made the most elementary shape, sewed it shut, giving it space to stretch inside the gorilla so that they wouldn't be losing any space. Then I carefully sewed the top of the liner to the neck of the gorilla by removing part of the sewing machine that allows for a tighter-sew-space. There is usually no science to what I make, I just judge to see if it will fit or work, and once decided...sew! Once your liner is done, flip your stuffed animal back to normal and you will have your own liner inside!
*Notes will explain what the photos are.
Step 3: Support System
I took the old straps off of the past monkey bed and sewed them onto the gorilla to make sure that I have some nice clips to attach to the wires of their cage. If you don't have something like this, I suggest going to the dollar store and buying some dog leashes. Once you cut the hook portion off, you can make your own straps or even use the dog leash-itself, as a strap. It's brilliant and I am upset that my dollar stores haven't had leashes in a long time. :(
Where to attach them? Consider your shape, how you would like to suspend it...the mood and feeling of it, etc. I knew that I wanted a chill-gorilla with his long arms all over the place, yet mucho support. So I sewed the straps to shoulders and around that area because it's the core-support for my design. Just make sure to stitch over it a lot so that you know it's not going to come off! :)