{rootin’ tutin’ thursday} a monkey on my back

Rustle up your craft supplies and load your glue guns ‘cuz it’s…

Today I’m sharing the tutorial for the backpack featured in the baby shower, “Bananas For Your, Baby!” This adorable little backpack would be cute on its own but Piggy Bank Parties’ Lil’ Monkey made it more adorable. This is inexpensive and can be made easily in an afternoon!

Materials need:

  • Simplicity “Express Your Style” baby backpack ($7.99 from JoAnn’s Fabrics and Crafts)
  • 2 copies of a monkey graphic
  • Dark brown, tan and pink felt scraps
  • Dark brown thread
  • Dark brown 6 ply embroidery floss
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle

Directions:

1. I made 2 copies of the monkey for a model and a template that could be cut apart.

2. Pin the template to dark brown felt and cut out the basic shape (I cut out the lock of fur on top of the head separately).

3. Trace and cut out 2 hands, 2 feet, 1 tummy, 2 ears and 1 face from the tan felt. I cut a second layer of the lower part of the face for dimension.

4. Trace and cut cheeks on pink felt.

5. Using the model to look at, attach the small pieces to the monkey with a good fabric glue (I used “Liquid Stitch”).

6. Glue the lower part of the face onto the full face but do not glue it to the main body. Let dry.

7. Embroider the features with embroidery floss using a satin stitch for the eyes and a split stitch for the mouth. (Suggestion: I would also blanket stitch around the face for more durability.)

8. Pin the top of the body to the flap of the backpack and cut the body following the edge of the flap. Sew the top of the body (head) onto the flap by hand using dark brown thread. Then sew the larger part of the body to backpack (line up and pin the larger piece so that the monkey looks like one piece).

9. Glue the top half of the face to the flap.

You have an adorable monkey backpack for a “little monkey!”

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