Secret Notes Monkey DIY

Love this-- monkey plush with pockets for notes and little things!I have mentioned this before, but I love giving the gift of handmade. There’s something so heartfelt about handing over a gift you have made with your own two hands… even if the recipient isn’t old enough to understand what that means. One day they will. 🙂

I made these monkeys for my daughter who is three now, and it’s amazing what the addition of a pocket does for a toy. Often she will love a stuffed animal until the newness wears off, and then it sits untouched. Adding a pocket to this monkey has added a whole new level of playability. Poesy has had a blast filling them drawings, crayons, small toys, and basically anything else that will fit into the pockets of these little stuffies.

Plush Monkey Tutorial (with printable pattern)Download Plush Monkey Pattern

Step 1: Download the pattern above, print it out, and tape together. Cut out all the pieces of fabric you will be needing for this tutorial.

Step 2: Grab an embroidery hoop and a piece of felt and stitch the face for your monkey. You will end up cutting this down, so don’t worry about the size just yet. Go ahead and stitch the ears together at this point as well. Make sure the back side of the fabric is out, because you will be flipping these right-side out. Also, make sure to leave the bottom part of the ear unsewn.

Step 3: Take the felt you just embroidered and cut it down to fit your monkey. (Mine was about 3 3/4″ across.) Fold and iron the edges of the pocket square.

Step 4: Use your sewing machine to stitch the face and pocket to the top piece of fabric for your monkey.

Step 5: Now it’s time to sew the body! Put your main fabric pieces together with the back sides of the fabric out. You will also want to pin the ears in place because they will be sewn on in this step too. (See picture for help on lining them up.) Sew all the way around the edges of the monkey, but leave the bottom portion open.

Step 6: Flip your monkey right-side out and stuff! Use a chopstick to push that stuffing through the tail.

Step 7: Hand sew the bottom of the monkey closed. I left a generous opening on mine because it makes stuffing a little bit easier! Step

8: All finished! Yay!

Secret Notes Monkey (with printable pattern)DIY Plush Monkey (with printable pattern)Secret Notes Monkeys (click through for printable pattern)Adorable plush monkey tutorial with free patternI made these monkeys with kiddos in mind, but I also think they’d make adorable love note keepers for couples. Maybe I need to borrow one from the girls… xo. Katie

Credits // Author and Photography: Katie Shelton

  • Really cute! My girl loves her new monkey 🙂

  • Cute DIY 🙂 Lovely photos ! Great post ℓα ℒιcσrηe – ℒa vie est ℓa petite ℓicorne.

  • Hello and a nice sunday afternoon!

    Your monkey DIY are so sweet and lovely, I cant stand fore the eyelashes and funnt tales:-)

    Thank you fore the inspiration!
    Tina mommy to a krative daughter

  • Those are sooo cute!!! I’ve linked to your post on Craft Gossip:

  • Those are so adorable I cannot wait to make one. Better work on my sewing skills first though xD

  • I am wondering if you give them a base if they would stand nicely on my desk, and put a beanie bag in the bottom for weight. Love the look of these though 🙂

  • This is crazy adorable!! Thank you for the pattern! I’ll try this once I get a bit better at sewing 🙂


  • Love them! I’ll sure put this project to my to do list. Right now I’m in the process of buying a sewing machine for the first time and I’m so lost with all the options out there. I’d like to suggest a post about buying a first sewing machine, with tips and insights. Thanks for considering the idea! xoxo

  • I love this idea! I can imagine my little sister LOVING this (especially if it’s pokemon-shaped and she can stick her pokemon cards inside).


  • Oh wow this is absolutely adorable! I’ll be doing this with the kids today. 🙂

  • This is a great idea! I also thin it would be a cute “tooth fairy monkey” pillow.

  • What a great and precious gift for a child. This is the kind of thing that adults look back on and talk about having meant so much to them growing up!

  • These are amazing! I love your choice of fabrics, and the eyelashes which seem to be your signature. I want one!

  • I have just the material to make these for Valentine’s Day. Thank you for the great (and speedy) project.

  • such an adorable idea! I’m all about pockets for stowing on stuffed animals 🙂

  • Poe is so adorable. I can’t get over it!

    xo Denise

  • So cute, but don’t forget to clip/notch the curves before you turn the monkey right-side round – that way you’ll avoid the puckering around the neck and tail.

  • Love this idea of a secret note!

  • These are TOO CUTE. Oh man, I’m ABSOLUTELY making these little guys, or something like them!

  • Aw this is just adorable! I bet your daughter has a blast with it…heck, I love pockets too!

  • That’s an adorable idea! Love it. 🙂

    P.S. giveaway on my blog:

  • This is super cute! I to love to give handmade gifts and this is great idea to kids:) thanks

  • love, love, love this. i have a few friends having babies who aren’t finding out the sex (which is really putting a damper on my gift giving LOL) but these would be so fun!

  • Katie I love the eyelashes you do, I remember them on the hobby horses you made and they’re gorgeous. Lovely idea. Zoe xx


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