Little felt animals are so much fun to sew!
Download this free pattern, learn a few easy techniques and get started making your own little monkey friend. Although 2016 was the actual Chinese “Year of the Monkey”, this is still one of my favorite patterns!
For this tutorial, I’m using the Felt Monkey from my Chinese Zodiac set. You can download the Monkey pattern for FREE when you join my mailing list! Just click here to subscribe, download the file from the subscriber’s Free Downloads Vault, and follow along with the instructions below.
First, gather your supplies.
You will need:
light brown and medium brown felt (wool or wool blend is the best)
embroidery floss: black, white, pink, dark pink, red, reddish brown, light brown
small sharp scissors
1. Use the monkey pattern piece templates to trace and cut the pieces you’ll need from felt. Cut the face, chest and tail pieces from light brown and the rest from medium brown.
2. Position all the felt pieces together and stitch them in place with the Stab Stitch using 1 thread of floss matching the felt colors. For the Stab Stitch, below, just make tiny stitches (from A to B) all around the edge of the felt piece. Stitch the face onto the head and the chest and leg onto the body. Stitch the tail piece behind the left side of the body and head. Set the ears and back piece aside.
3. Now add embroidery. You can freehand it, OR trace the embroidery pattern onto tissue paper and pin the paper in place to the front felt piece. Stitch through both paper and felt and when you’re done, carefully tear away the paper. I’ve used the Split Stitch (on the tail), Lazy Daisies, French Knots and Straight Stitches. You can find an easy guide to hand embroidery and some stitch diagrams starting right here!
4. Line up the front and back parts of the monkey and sew them together around the edge using the Whip Stitch with 1 thread of brown floss. For the Whip Stitch, below, begin with a knot in between the felt layers, bring the needle and thread out at A, over the edge and back up through at B.
Remember those little ears? As you stitch around the head, tuck an ear in between the layers on each side. Leave one inch open at the bottom and tuck some stuffing inside. Use just enough stuffing to make it pillowy, not so much that the seams pull apart. I left the tail part flat. Now stitch up the hole and tie a knot in the seam.
All done! You can make your monkey into a little ornament, a magnet, make him part of a cute festive shelf display, or take him around town and take pictures of him. Post photos of your cute monkeys on Instagram and tag them @aimee_littledear so I can see!
I love making mini felt animals so much that I now have patterns for over 50 of them in available in my Etsy shop (and I’m adding more all the time!) Go pick out your favorites and stitch up a menagerie of your own.