Cheeky Monkey Softie

Cheeky Monkey Softie - two pretty poppets

Happy New Year everyone!!! To kick 2016 off, I’ve joined forces with some of the other AH-mazing contributors from Issue 9 of One Thimble, digital sewing magazine, to bring you this exciting little blog tour through some of the patterns included in the issue. I chose to use the Cheeky Monkey Softie pattern to make a gorgeous little cheeky monkey for a very special little girl for her upcoming birthday.

If you’re yet to grab your own copy of this fantastic digital sewing magazine, or would like to purchase the pattern as a stand alone PDF, you can find Issue 9 here and the Cheeky Monkey Softie pattern here.

Like most projects, choosing the perfect fabric colours and textures was probably more time consuming than actually making the monkey itself! I ended up going with a beautifully bright pink fleece for the body and coordinating pink and purple felt for the hands, feet and muzzle etc. I also chose this gorgeous purple spot tulle for the skirt and up-cycled some spare buttons for the earrings and necklace. So pretty!!!

Cheeky Monkey Softie - Jody's Crafty CreationsThe lovely little lady I made this monkey for is a real girly girl. She loves to dress up, loves wearing skirts and high heels, loves her bling including necklaces and clip on earrings, and just lights up a room wherever she goes! And all this at the tender age of just three years old! However, all these beautiful characteristics gave me a lot of room to ‘play’ with this monkey and boy did I have fun creating the ultimate girly girl monkey!!!

Once I got it all cut out, it was on to the fun part – sewing it all together! First up – some cute little arms and legs…

Cheeky Monkey Softie - Jody's Crafty CreationsAnd then it was on to the body, and attaching the arms and legs to the body…

Cheeky Monkey Softie - Jody's Crafty CreationsNext I put the head together (though at this stage it looked a bit creepy, LOL!)…

IMG_1649-001Finally I attached the head and tail and voila! One semi-complete toy monkey!

Cheeky Monkey Softie - Jody's Crafty CreationsAfter a few final touches, my cheeky monkey softie was complete!

Cheeky Monkey Softie - Jody's Crafty CreationsNow on to the super fun part – dressing her up!!! I chose to make her a purple tutu similar to the pattern included in the magazine (except I chose to use an elastic band instead of ribbon) using some gorgeous purple spotty tulle I found at my local Spotlight store. I also made her a button necklace and stitched button earrings on too. What do you think? Girly enough for my girly girl recipient…?

Cheeky Monkey Softie - Jody's Crafty CreationsI am thrilled with how my cheeky monkey turned out! The pattern was super easy to follow, had wonderfully clear photos and lots of little tips throughout to make sewing the fleece and assembling it a breeze!

And the best part – the birthday girl LOVED it!!!! Win!!!

Cheeky Monkey Softie - Jody's Crafty Creations

Cheeky Monkey Softie - Jody's Crafty CreationsRemember you can find Issue 9 of One Thimble here, the Cheeky Monkey Softie pattern here, and don’t forget to check out the other awesome posts in this blog tour below!

Monday, January 11th

Felt With Love Designs // Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow

Tuesday, January 12th

Jody’s Crafty Creations

Wednesday, January 13th

Two Pretty Poppets

Thursday, January 14th

Rosie Petal @ The One Thimble Blog // Molly and Mama

Friday, January 15th

Happy Okapi

Thanks for popping by and happy sewing! Lisa πŸ™‚

6 thoughts on “Cheeky Monkey Softie

  1. Jody Herbert says:

    Your cheeky monkey looks fantastic! I love it! Love the purple spotted tulle you used for the skirt and I also love the necklace and earrings made from buttons – a great idea!

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