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« on: July 02, 2006 08:42:52 PM »

Growing up in the late 70’s early 80’s, Princess Leia was my hero.
Whenever I played with my buddies at school or in the yard, I always wanted to be Princess Leia.
She was smart, strong, and courageous and held her own with Luke and Han Solo.
And who wouldn’t want to be the girl who ends up with Han Solo. *swoon*

I have made a few Sock Monkeys before, but I have never done more work for one than this little monkey.
A Gallery of my other Sock Monkeys is here http://sockmonkeyfun.com/Gallery_Sock_Monkey.html


Here is the Princess and her Sock Monkey counterpart


Just for fun Smiley


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I tried several different options for ‘The Buns’ and finally ended up making my own wig from
Wool -mohair yarn. (I love Lamb’s Pride <3)

For the dress I made my own pattern. It has a single snap in the back and can be removed.
And I think it’s even made from that same polyester that became popular just after the original Star Wars.

The eyes were the hardest for me and I think I tried about 8 different options before deciding to go with buttons and embroidery.

For the little blaster, I tried to make a good looking one, but decided I was better off altering a toy.
So, I found a little gun the right size and gave it a custom paint job.

Now, If I could just get my hair to do ‘The Buns’. Cheesy


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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2006 08:48:09 PM »

This is so incredibly sweet! And her face, the eyes! You did an awesome job. So the dress is removable? What about her hair, is it permanent? The buns look so good too, not braided like when I tried to put my hair in buns  Roll Eyes A million points to you!
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2006 08:57:03 PM »

totally cute! Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2006 08:57:23 PM »

eeeeehehehehehe, that is extremely awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2006 09:30:42 PM »

Awesome! I love it  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2006 10:09:00 PM »

This is so incredibly sweet! And her face, the eyes! You did an awesome job. So the dress is removable? What about her hair, is it permanent? The buns look so good too, not braided like when I tried to put my hair in buns  Roll Eyes A million points to you!

Yep, I always try to make clothes removable if I can. The back has a slit at the neck and on snap on the collar band, and the waist is tied in the back.
The hair is sewn-on, but I made the wig to be all one piece before putting it on.
So if it needed to be removed you could snip the threads on the wig and remove it without too much trouble.
Thanks! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2006 10:42:40 AM »

haha! thats awesome! i love how your monkey leia fits on human leia's body so well!
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2006 02:08:14 PM »

Hahaha, the photoshopped scene from Star Wars made me laugh out loud. This is fantastic, especially the hair!!
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2006 03:43:02 PM »

wicked job on the hair.  was it hard to do?
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2006 05:20:00 PM »

wicked job on the hair.  was it hard to do?

I had tried a few other options first, a pre-made doll wig (didn't look good made into buns) then I tried to make my wig from fake hair (yikes! this was hard and looked awful!) then I decided to try yarn. I had the lamb's pride left over from a project and since it was the perfect color I went with that. Smiley

The yarn was not too hard to work with.
I cut the yarn in very long strips and arranged them on a scrap piece of sock material, pinned them in place, and sewed them down the center of the fabric.
Then I positioned it on the monkey and sewed the scrap down and made the buns. It could be removed and reattaced if there was ever a need. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2006 06:00:31 PM »

This is amazing!  What a great job!
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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2006 06:38:55 PM »

You should do a tutorial, that would be most excellent! I mean, only if you want to..now i'm totally thinking my next sock monkey should have hair!
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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2006 06:51:25 PM »

She is fantastic! If a Princess Leia sock monkey can't put a smile on your face, then nothing will... in fact, if it didn't, you may want to check your pulse.
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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2006 07:02:28 PM »

How fun! I use to have a Princess Leia barbie doll. I love your girls hair!
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« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2006 03:24:20 AM »

 Shocked Fantastic!!!! so amazing!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
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« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2006 05:58:51 AM »

that is an insane likeness. I love it.
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« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2006 06:10:18 AM »

You should do a tutorial, that would be most excellent! I mean, only if you want to..now i'm totally thinking my next sock monkey should have hair!

I would be happy to make a little tutorial for a sock monkey wig. I shall put it on my to do list. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2006 06:23:31 AM »

That is awesome! Good work! Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2006 10:56:04 AM »

You did a great job!

I don't know whether I like th dress or the hair better.

You are right, the eyes are hard, and your choice was wonderful.

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2006 12:19:22 PM »

Just wonderful - love your Princess Leia!
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« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2006 06:11:35 PM »

Her hair is fantastic!
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« Reply #21 on: July 05, 2006 06:21:38 AM »

ahahahahaha!  This is great!  Love it.
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« Reply #22 on: July 05, 2006 08:33:26 AM »


You are right, the eyes are hard, and your choice was wonderful.

Thanks! I had such a hard time trying to balance -looking like person with - looking like monkey. Smiley


All the Sock Monkeys created for this are fantastic!!!  Grin
I can't wait to see if anymore show up today or tommorow.
But I will have to wait. We are going camping for a week, so no internets for me.

Thanks so much to everyone for all the nice posts! I <3 Craftsters!  Kiss
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« Reply #23 on: July 05, 2006 01:02:12 PM »

This is great!

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« Reply #24 on: July 06, 2006 09:22:58 AM »

Seriously, sister, the cinnamon buns are just killing me.  You did an awesome job on the hair~I would recognize that monkey ANYWHERE!
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« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2006 10:35:51 AM »

The second picture is just too funny. Good job.
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« Reply #26 on: July 08, 2006 12:59:54 PM »

Awesome job! I'm such a star wars geek!
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« Reply #27 on: July 10, 2006 09:14:14 AM »

I AM IN AWE!  I NEEED!   I NEEEEEEEEEEED!  Awesome Awesome RAD job!
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« Reply #28 on: July 10, 2006 11:07:27 AM »

hoooooleeeee crap!  You scoundrel!  Awesome Princess Leia-Monkey
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« Reply #29 on: July 12, 2006 09:58:51 PM »

I really love the way her eyes came out, with the lashes stitched on and all... nicely done. Great job on the hair as well  Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: July 25, 2006 08:19:58 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: August 03, 2006 07:00:12 PM »

I love this one!  The eyes are just wonderful.
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« Reply #32 on: August 16, 2006 02:46:02 AM »

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« Reply #33 on: January 26, 2007 03:17:22 AM »

hahahaha.. so cute
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