Monday, September 5, 2011

DIY Plushie Monkeys In a Barrel toys

 Monkeys in a barrel toys are classic.  I loved them when I was a kid, my parents played with them and now my kids do too.  One night I was thinking about making something for a friend who just had a baby boy and the idea came to me.  I made this cute monkey toy for him.  I took pictures of it to show you.
You can get the PDF pattern for the monkey here .  (note; This is my first PDF ever and the paper got wrinkled because my baby grabbed it from me before putting it in the scanner.)

Eye balling a monkey, I drew a pattern and traced it on the wrong side of some flannel fabric.  (Remember to flip the monkey pattern over to the other side each time you trace one, so that you can place the fabric cut outs right sides together.

Cut out your pattern and leave at least 1/4 in seam allowance.  When you sew, sew along the traced lines.

Pin and sew leaving the space between the legs open for turning

I went over it again with a zig-zag stitch to reinforce the seam.  You will be filling it with a lot of stuffing so you want the seams to hold.

Trim off the excess seam allowance. 
To turn the monkey right side out is tricky and so I show how I did it.

First take and turn the hands into the arms and push them down as far as you can.

Next turn the head in word.

Push it till you see it coming out of the space you left open.

Pull it through, then you will find the hands waiting to greet you, all have to so is pull them out too.

Last turn the feet out.

Now we stuff. There is a lot of stuffing that goes into one of these monkeys, you will be surprised.  Stuff the arms first.  Take a little at a time and push it all the way up the arm till you get to the ends.  keep filling. The arm needs to have enough to hold its shape.

Finish filling the monkey and hand sew the opening closed.

Repeat till you have all the monkeys you want. I sewed a patch of velcro in the hooks of the arms so they will cling to each other a bit better.  That is it. Have fun.


  1. These are so cool!!! And would make the perfect Christmas present for my little nephew! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. These are really fun! I linked this up to my blog.

  3. Thanks for linking up with us! That is an awesome idea especially for the little ones.


  4. These are so darling! I'm a huge fan of monkeys in a barrel. your plush monkeys are awesome! Thank you for sharing.

  5. I wish I could do that! You are so talented!
    Thanks for linking up at Kidding Around Friday!

  6. These are sooo stinkin adorable! Love the soft stackables! Thank so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

  7. What a great project! I'm doing it. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for linking to Kidding Around Friday.

  8. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday! Love your project!

    Come back on Thursday for more fun!! :)


  9. I use to love to play that game. What a cute project and darling you have. Thank you so much for sharing at Bacon Time :)

  10. these monkeys truly are so much fun and easy to make! I'm thrilled! thanks for sharing! This tutorial has been featured:


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