Virtual show and tell: Sock Monkey baby quilt

This quilt completely wiped me out. I love it and I think it is the most adorable baby quilt I’ve made to date, but I have been completely exhausted since I put the final stitch in the binding at 1 a.m. on Sunday.

The main problem wasn’t staying up until 1 a.m. to finish the quilt. It was the 5 hours I spent lying awake listening to mice scurry around in the attic that left me tired and craving caffeine all week. I’m taking tomorrow off to rest up and hopefully get back to my normal, energetic self, who can function properly without a cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

But back to the adorable sock monkey quilt, since you’re here to read about quilting, not insomnia and mice.

The quilt is for my sister’s, bridesmaid’s, sister (two more degrees of separation and we’ll find Kevin Bacon) who is expecting her first child next month. The mom-to-be really likes sock monkeys and her sister sent me photos of a couple sock monkey quilts she liked. One was made entirely of squares cut to the same size. The second had embroidered sock monkeys framed by a yellow print.

So I combined them, alternating appliqued sock monkeys with nine patch blocks, all framed in a yellow border and more simple patchwork squares for a second border. I used a simple meandering stitch for the quilting, leaving the monkeys free of quilting so they would pop.

The photos show the quilt after it has been washed and the batting (Warm and Natural) has shrunk a little, giving it an extra comfy look.

On the back of the quilt I used brown flannel, which is my favorite backing fabric for baby quilts. I think it’s so soft and warm and perfect for snuggling under. It’s also an economical choice since it’s about half the price of quilting cotton.

The sock monkey quilt was also a really quick project. I completed the entire quilt in one week so it could be given as a gift at a baby shower this weekend.

This pattern is now available for download. Click here or the photo below to purchase your own copy.

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Comment (13)

  1. Love the quilt!! It turned out wonderful. Since it’s origional you should submit the pattern to a contest, or sell it on ETSY. People love sock monkeys and would buy it. I would buy the pattern to make for my MIL.

    Great Quilt!

    1. Absolutely. The next time you come over to sew, bring two fat quarters and batting the size of a fat quarter to practice with. Also bring a darning foot, which is sometimes called a free motion foot or quilting foot.

  2. I would love to have the pattern for this or at least the Sock Monkey. I would love to make my little grandson one

  3. I am interested in purchasing the pattern for this sock monkey quilt. Any information you can provide for me would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
    Patty Huisenga
    Ames IA

  4. I purchased your Sock Monkey Quilt (adorable pattern!) and noticed that there’s a difference between the photo of the quilt you made and the applique pattern pieces. The monkey’s face in the photo has the brown fabric right below the hat, but the applique piece looks like it’s just the white fabric. Did the 1/2 yd of brown fabric needed, include what would be needed for the face too?

    Thank you!

  5. Hello,
    I just downloaded the Sock Monkey Quilt pattern. I see that this was on your site in 2012 and the pattern was made available in 2014. I clicked on the pattern kit but it says it is no longer available. By chance is it available for me to still order a kit for the Sock Monkey Quilt?
    I am hoping it is available! Would love to get started on this soon. If not I will see where else I can purchase fabric for this cut quilt.
    Maria Jones

    1. I also am interested in 2 quilt kits and pattern book. Hope that I can purchase very quickly.
      Please reply, Thank you very much.
      Kathy Boeckman


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