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« on: April 01, 2014 02:15:44 PM »

The first sock monkey I ever made was for the craftster Sock Monkey Swap #2.  After he was put together I realized the socks I’d used were perfect for the astronaut theme I’d chosen from my partner’s list.  The color and where the stripes landed let me know this guy had been a navy pilot before joining MASA (the Monkey Aeronautics Space Administration):



And I found the most perfect sparkling blue buttons for his eyes and gave him a crooked flyboy grin:



His flight suit (which also has a “sleeve” to encase his tail and a Velcro closure at the back) was made using restaurant-quality white cloth napkins and has removable mitts and booties (downsized from baby socks):



To make the patches I used fine tip Sharpies on fusible interfacing, cut them out, drew faux embroidery around the edges, and ironed them in place.  The mission patch design is a banana recumbent on a field of stars with the motto “ars astra” which means star art.  His double flag patch is because of his dual citizenship thanks to my Canadian partner and my American self:




Figuring out how to make the helmet turned out to be the most difficult part of his wardrobe, but finally, after trying a number of different methods and going on many hunting expeditions, at truly the last minute I found the perfect answer, and here he is suited up and ready for space:



In a dinky mom-and-pop dollar-type store I spotted this lone plastic jar with a hot pink top, slipped it over his head (I was carrying him with me everywhere at that point, in case of just such an opportunity) and TA-DA!  At home I cut out the middle of the pink lid, wrapped fabric around the edge, and sewed on a flat gold button:



It was REALLY hard to send him off (in no small part because I had also had an astronaut theme on my list!), but my partner’s delighted response upon receiving made it all worthwhile.
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2014 05:24:56 PM »

He's adorable! My favorite bit of him is his sparkly eyes.
Nice job on the space suit, it really sets him apart and makes him unique. Clever thinking with the plastic jar as a helmet!
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2014 07:39:38 PM »

Thank you, Purrster!
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2014 08:38:11 PM »

omg it rocks! I was like hey look at the adorable sock monkey and then bam! astronaut suit - genius. 
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2014 10:28:53 PM »

Thanks so much, fancybutch!
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2014 03:35:54 PM »

He is absolutely adorable!  By the way, mermonkey says, "Hello!".  Sometimes he puts his board shorts on, and goes on a walkabout in my studio.   Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2014 08:23:37 PM »

He's awesome! I love his astronaut suit.
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2014 12:15:11 AM »

I luv sock monkeys and hes the first Ive actually seen in his very own clothing. Very cool!
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2014 10:51:19 AM »

Thanks for the kind words to gotgrey (and for the news of mermonkey, too), meleriffic, and Alittlemusthave!

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