I've been making Sock Monkey DIY Kits for about 5 years. My kits are different from other kits because I do all the machine sewing parts for you. You don't need a sewing machine, you only need the stuffing and tools. This year I want to change that up. I ordered a sample plastic box to include everything except the scissors. The costs to make a few is a bit more than normal kits with including everything except scissors. I've set my goal to make a small amount, but, I will make as many as possible. I'd also like to make extra for store stock. I will ship to backers first, as always!
I was asked by a few people about kits, but I didn't want to make a bunch and have to store them until next year. I do want to make some extra store stock in best friend styles. Christmas colors will only be made in the number pledged for. This is only for kits. There are no completed monkeys in this project. I plan to have these shipping by December 10, if not before. I will be working on some aspects of the kits as the project is running, like print work, etc. So that I can have them as close to complete as possible when the project closes.
My hope, also, is that enough backers will be making monkeys from my kits to help me work on a possible book. For a few years I've wanted to make a book that teaches people how to make my monkeys from scratch. I encourage you to contact me with any and all questions, comments and concerns.
These kits do not require a SEWING MACHINE! I'm including two kit types Deluxe and Standard.
Deluxe DIY Kit:
All deluxe kits contain all the socks parts you need to make your monkey, the same polyfil I use to stuff my monkeys, a needle, thread I use, pins, instructions, and felt accents with the coordinating threads. All you will need is scissors. These will be packaged in a clear plastic box with my branding. WARNING: It will contain needles and pins and should not be given to children. ADULT SUPERVISION IS RECOMMENDED.
Standard DIY Kit:
Standard Kits come with all the socks parts, felt parts, and instructions to make your monkey. You will need to purchase your own polyfil, needle, threads, and pins. And of course, provide your own scissors. These will be packaged in vellum [skeletons] or a felt bag [limited number of girl/boy kits] with my branding.
PLEASE NOTE: The Deluxe kit shown is a sample, and will be altered depending on the item inside. I managed to get a sample of the boxes I plan to use, but they are a little pricey and I didn't want to order a bunch and be sitting on them. They must ship in boxes, so all countries outside of the USA will have additional fees this time around.
BEST FRIEND KITS: the girl/boy/neon themed kits will vary from monkey to monkey. The monkey shown is a sample of a past BF monkey. I will further inquire as to your preferences when I send out the survey. You can certainly ask for pink and blue for a girl, or green and yellow for a boy, or any combo. Stripes, dots, flowers... I can't promise specific colors in certain patterns, because I'm limited by what I can find... But I promise you it will be cute. I will put together a great kit for you. Be specific, but flexible. :)
Samples of Monkeys [colors will vary in person, this is just an idea of what to expect]:
- Classic Macabre Skeleton Monkey : 20 standard, 30 deluxe
- Red & White Skeleton Monkey : 20 deluxe
- Green & White Skeleton Monkey : 20 deluxe
- Black, Gray, & Red Skeleton Monkey : 10 deluxe
- Purple, Green, & Black Skeleton Monkey : 12 deluxe
- Rainbow Sock Monkey : 10 standard, 20 deluxe
- Girl Theme [assorted] Monkey Kits : 12 standard in felt bags, 20 deluxe
- Boy Theme [assorted] Monkey Kits : 12 standard in felt bags, 20 deluxe
- Ugly Sweater Skeleton Sock Monkey : 10 deluxe
- Neon Colors [assorted styles] Monkey : 20 deluxe
236 Kits total. I may switch up between deluxe and standard a little... But this is the goal. Anything left over will go on my shop.
Thank you so much for looking, and for all of your support! I'm looking forward to upgrading my kits this year, and I hope you're looking forward to seeing them!
Risks and challenges
There are no major risks associated with not completing the project. There are possible time delays, but nothing drastic. Kits take less time to make but cost a more depending on what's included. The Deluxe kits double the price of the materials, but include everything you need and save you money, because you don't need additional materials.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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