Junior is obsessed with monkeys. I suppose this isn’t uncommon with 17-month old boys, but ever since he learned the Spanish word (mono) at daycare he loves to point out monkeys wherever he sees them represented. ”
Exchanging ornaments is a family tradition, so for Junior’s second Christmas it made sense for him to have his very own monkey hanging from a (Christmas) tree.
Enter Etsy, where I found an adorable little mono that served as inspiration. I whipped up my own version on a Friday night, leaving Mr. JC free to watch “Big Break Ireland” and “Family Guy” to his heart’s content. It was a win-win.
- Dark brown, light brown, and black felt squares
- Erasable marking pen
- Regular pen (the erasable pen was not visible on the dark brown felt)
- Dark brown thread or embroidery floss to match the dark brown felt
- Needle (make sure the hole is wide enough for embroidery thread)
- Tiny white pom-poms (not pictured; they were a last-minute addition)
- Red embroidery floss or ribbon (not pictured)
- Fabric glue
- Monkey face template (I used this one, but this one is also cute)
- Card stock to make the pattern
- Download the monkey face template and adjust the size using MS Word or similar program. Print two on a single page of card stock.
- Cut around the outer edge of the face. Trace it twice onto the dark brown felt to create both the front and back of the ornament.
- Cut out the inner portion of the face on the other template and trace onto the light brown felt.
- Cut out the inner ear and eye pieces and trace onto the light brown and black felt, and cut.
- Glue the face pieces (light brown inner face and ears and black eyes) onto one of the brown felt “outer faces”.
- Glue tiny white pom poms to the eyes, and secure with a single stitch.
- When the glue dries, sew the face to the other piece of brown felt using a whip stitch technique. Leave an open hole to put the stuffing in, and stitch closed.
- Loop the red embroidery floss through the top or glue on ribbon.
Learn from my mistakes:
Nobody’s perfect, and this project took a bit longer and could have been a bit better if I’d known these tricks in advance:
- To avoid pen marks (even the disappearing ink left a bit behind), iron freezer wrap (shiny side down) on the felt. Trace your pattern onto the freezer wrap. Cut out the shape, then peel off the paper.
- To avoid losing your mind and eyesight trying to thread a needle with embroidery floss, use the trick seen in this helpful video which shows how to separate embroidery floss threads. I really wish I’d seen this before. I need a new eyeglass prescription after all the thread/needle wrangling!
Do you exchange ornaments in your family? Have you made a special one for your kiddo this year?
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