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Like playing games and feeling flirtatious? Show off your whimsical side with a lovely merkin made of brightly colored monkeys, and you're guaranteed to have fun the next time you want to "monkey around."
Barrel of Monkeys game
Boy Scout Dropout
Small: 3"/7.5cm W x 3.5"/8.75cm H
Monkey Around Template (pdf format)
Check with local party stores to find the plastic monkeys. They are often sold as party favors in packs of twelve barrels, with at least ten monkeys to a barrel. You will need approximately 30 - 60 monkeys for your merkin, depending upon the size desired and if you choose to create a monochromatic merkin instead of multicolored.
Select a size template and cut it out, then prepare and iron your chosen fabric.
Starting at the bottom, sew the monkeys onto piece A by stitching around either the curve in their arm or their tail. Space them about .5"-.75"/1.3-2cm apart in offset rows for good coverage.
When finished sewing on the monkeys, run a light bead of the Fabri-tac glue around the outer edge of piece A and fold the edge over to create a smooth hem. Trim any excess fabric at the corners to ensure that it lays flat and does not pucker. Repeat this process with piece B to create the backing for the merkin.
If you will be adding jump rings to the corners to facilitate wearing the merkin, sew those on now. Stitch them to the upper corners of the merkin at a couple of points on each ring.
Finally, match piece A and piece B to each other with the inner sides together. Using a hemming stitch, sew the two pieces together at the edge to firmly attach the front to the backer and achieve a smooth edge.
You're all finished, so schedule yourself a little play time and show off your newest toy!
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