Autumn has arrived! And with it comes deliciously cooler temps, the need for crockpot chili, and the desire to spend evenings out by the fire pit. As I’m decorating the house for fall, with the windows wide open, I’m thinking of how thankful I am that we survived the boiling hot temperatures of summer this year, with little-to-no harm. I had seasonal headaches for a few weeks, my garden was burnt to a crisp, and our family camping plans were ruined because our lake of choice had almost completely dried up… But unfortunately, others around the country have had much bigger disasters to contend with. With earthquakes, tornadoes, flooding, and wildfires running amuck, it was a pretty scary season…. and plenty of people have been affected.
Craft Hope is an organization that allows for people to share their crafty talents for a cause. The current cause, and the last cause of the year, is to help those who have been affected by the wildfires in Texas. More specifically, we’re making sock monkeys for the kids in Texas who have lost all of their belongings.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never understood the fascination surrounding sock monkeys…. until just NOW! The sock monkey (above) is my prototype, and I’ve already adopted him as part of the Bolinger Family! Sock monkeys are sweet and cuddly and emanate this feeling of love.
All you need to make one monkey is: 1 pair of socks (I like to use knee high socks to get loooong limbs), poly-fill stuffing, embroidery floss to sew on facial features (ears and mouth), and buttons for the eyes.
I found clearance socks at Target. You can also find socks at the dollar stores, Wal-Mart, etc. You can buy embroidery floss by the skein for approx. $1.00 apiece or you can buy a value pack (photo above) at Michael’s craft store for $4.99. Buttons can be found at the craft stores as well. I bought a package of 5 white buttons and a package of 6 black buttons to layer the eyes for less than $1.50 per package. Once you have these simple supplies, you can make a sock monkey for less than $5.00 per monkey.
I used this tutorial to learn how to make the monkeys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM9EhGSshCE
No, it’s not food. No, it’s not money. But there are other organizations helping out with those much needed things. This is a unique kind of opportunity – if you are a crafty person and you’d like to use your craftiness for a good cause, then give this project a try! Yes, it’s to make a child feel loved! Yes, it’s to make a child smile! It’s worth it! Happy Sock Monkey Making!
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