This year my presents to my grand children were sock monkeys with add-ons.
Last year I came across sock monkey ornaments at an after Christmas clearance sale. I quickly bought a bag full.
A few months later I ran across the sock monkeys on display at Quilt Etc. in Sandy. They had classes but I kept leaving town when they were offered so I finally bought an instruction book, shoes, sweaters, and Fox River socks and struck out on my own. I also found sock monkey fabric so soon the add-ons included pillowcases, a book, and a flashlight. This is Oscar's sock monkey before I added red yarn hair.
I dressed them in dresses made from a Simplicity pattern for 15" baby dolls.
The dresses were made from Bonnie and Camille fabrics leftover from the birthday quilts I made for sisters Ruby, Sadie, and Mabel.
I purchased the handbags from the BYU Bookstore for 99 cents each.
I found the flower clips and headbands at a local craft booth store.
When back in Arizona, I put together four more monkeys for my oldest son's family.
They were all dressed in sweaters. I hand embroidered some blue and red trim to help differentiate the boy monkeys.
I embroidered each face a bit differently as well.
The girls had skirts to go with their sweaters.
And they all had sneakers.
Once again they were packed into pillowcases along with books, flashlights, suckers, and tied with ribbon and ornaments.
I was worried about TJ's reaction but someone told me, "You are never too old for a sock monkey!"