Monday, July 28, 2008

drum roll please...Molly Monkey pattern done!


NOTE: Please do not upload my PDF to another server. Leave it right here where it can be downloaded conveniently for free and also updated with any improvements or changes (which it has been, twice at least!). Links are always always welcome, but please do not link directly to the PDF download. Please link to this post. Thank you!

ALSO NOTE: If you are having trouble with the placement for the face, you can print an extra pattern piece for the face, then cut the eyes out and poke holes with a large pin on the lines for the nose and mouth. Then you can lay your template over the felt face piece to draw on the eyes and make dots to guide for the mouth and nose placement with a disappearing marker.

At long, long last, I've completed the Molly Monkey pattern, and it is here for you to download, gratis. Help yourself! It is a zip file that is 1.5 mb. Uncompressed, it turns into a nine page PDF file, which can be opened and printed by a variety of PDF reader programs, like Acrobat Reader.

I put a lot of crazy hours into the pattern and doll design, so please never sell, publish or distribute the pattern. That is a violation of my copyright.

Wonderful and intrepid volunteer crafters, Olivia and Chandra, made Mollies from the first draft of the pattern so that you could have the much-improved second draft. See their Mollies below: Chandra's is the Molly with the pink beret, Olivia's is the Molly with the blue beret. I was so excited to see their creations!

Chandra's Molly
Olivia's Molly
If you find any errors, be a pal and make a comment to me here. Feedback is most welcome. I've already had several suggestions to improve the pattern and I've been updating the PDF file as I get them. Thanks y'all!

If you make a Molly and would like to share your photos, I'd really love to see them. Pleassssse post them here in my Molly Monkey group on Flickr.

If you are just ecstatic with your pattern, perhaps you will click the donate button on the right and zap me a few dollars with PayPal. It would be most appreciated!

127 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see how many "Mollys" are made! Our new monkey is progressing slowly and I think I am going out of town for the next couple of days. I can't wait to get him done!

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  2. I am so stealing your "Mom" patch idea for Gage's robot. Maybe as an arm tattoo... Too much? :)

    Love that monkey!

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  3. An arm tattoo? Hysterical! :)

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  4. I like the arm tattoo idea! Olivia, be sure and upload your Mikey Monkey (or whatever his name is) to the Molly flickr group!

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  5. Eeeeeeck! Too stinken' cute!

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  6. this pattern ist great... i am just about to get her done this weekend... i will send you the photos...

    her face is already done... she's such a beauty;o)

    i have to say it again.. THANK YOU:o)

    steffi

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  7. mama-im-rehland (Steffi),
    yay yay yay!
    I'm very excited you like the pattern and I can't wait to see your completed Monkey.
    this is so cool, crafters collaborating across an ocean! I just love how the internet connects us all.

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  8. I can't download the pattern =(. Am I doing something wrong?

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  9. micah,
    there was a problem, I couldn't get it to load either, then magically the problem disappeared. can you try it again?

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  10. oh this is so great and generous! i can't wait to make one for my little sister!!!! i will share it on the flickr group when i make one, i'm planning this would make a good christmas present! thank you for sharing!

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  11. eva, my pleasure! I have gotten so much inspiration, not to mention free patterns and tutorials from craft blogs, I thought I'd return the favor.

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  12. Yeah!!! I just downloaded it!! Thank you SO MUCH! This little monkey is just adorable!

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  13. Awesome! I love her already- and I linked to her from my blog... I can't wait to see all the Mollys!

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  14. This is about the sweetest pattern I've seen in a while. Thank you for sharing the pattern! This will be a perfect birthday gift for my daughter's 2nd birthday! <3

    xoxo
    Amy

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  15. This is adorable. Thanks for sharing.

    Sock Monkey

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  16. I can't wait to give this adorable monkey a try. She will be perfect for my best friend's daughter who is turning three.

    Thanks so much for the pattern!

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  17. Molly is just to adorable! I will add mine to the flickr group pnce i finish. I had to do a write up on her on my blog.
    I hope you will receive donations for the great work you did on this pattern, because I know you spent alot of days doing this.

    Take care,
    Jeannette

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing your Molly Monkey pattern with us. Just this week, my daughter was asking if she could have a stuffed monkey sometime. And a monkey that can be a fashionista? Even more perfect! Thank you!

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  19. Thank you so much! My granddaughter is going to love this.

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  20. Love your little molly!
    I was looking for a little something to make tomorrow with fabric I have lying around the house and now I've found it!!
    Thanks a million for the pattern!

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  21. Thank you so much for the pattern. Molly is adorable.

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  22. Such a sweet, sweet monkey with very good dress sense :-) Thanks for sharing the pattern!

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  23. Thanks so much Larissa, loved making this pattern, it was supposed to be for me, but Molly has been claimed by my daughter. Thanks!

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  24. Thank you so much for the pattern. My little boys LOVES monkeys so I might have to have a play and make a set (boy & girl) for him. Can't wait to get sewing!
    Bel x

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  25. Thank you very much for the pattern. I know some "little monkies" who need one of these!

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  26. Clicked on the link at "Skip to my Lou", to see your monkey (gosh, that sounds odd)
    love your blog :)
    thank you for your generosity :)

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  27. thank you for the pattern. i am going to make one for my son for xmas. his nickname is monkey. i'll have to make it a boy though....hopefully i can figure out how to do that.

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  28. Hi - I found you through crafty crow. I cannot wait to make this! I was trying to think of something to make out of fabric scraps of clothes I have made for my 3 year old daughter and this is it. Thanks for the pattern!

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  29. Thank you for the free pattern! I can't wait to sew up my own little Molly! I adore the tattoo :) Just discovered your blog this evening. Will certainly be back for more fun.

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  30. I love this! It would be perfect for my little monkey-girl. Thanks!

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  31. Thank you so much for this pattern, it's darling! :0)

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  32. Hi, Larissa--
    I'm trying to reach you to request permission to link to your tutorial (and share a photo) for our upcoming Handmade Holidays on the Sew,Mama,Sew! blog. I couldn't find your contact information (though it is early!). Would you mind emailing so I can give you the details? We love your project and would like to share it with our readers.

    Thank you!
    Beth

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  33. Thank you for sharing this brilliant little cheeky monkey. YOu have made it easy to follow...thanks for all the time you poured into this for us.

    bless you!

    Kimmie
    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

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  34. THANK YOU for Molly. I made her (just uploaded pic to flickr)and am in love!!! Your instructions were easy to follow. The one thing I did do differently was embroider the face before I attached it to the head.

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  35. I can't wait to try this!! Thank you for posting the pattern.

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  36. Oh my goodness, I have GOT to make one of these for my daughter! Thank you!

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  37. Thanks a lot for the patern and all the work you put down making it! It's really appreciated! :)

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  38. Thank you so much for the pattern! It was really easy to understand, even for me that English is my second language. I send you some money, I'm sorry is not as much as I would like to. I posted a picture of my Molly in your Flickr group, hope you go see it!
    I love visiting your blog, you're very talented!

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  39. So cute! I can't wait to make this for my monkeys!

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  40. I made Molly and her little sister Marcy for my girls for Christmas!!! Thanks so much for the pattern. They were wonderful fun to make, and even more fun to give, soooooo cute!!check them out here http://asnipofgoodness.blogspot.com/2008/12/my-list-is-done.html

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  41. I can´t wait to made my own molly!!
    thanks for the pattern i loveiT!!

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  42. Thank you so much for making this awesome pattern available! I really enjoyed making Molly & giving her as a gift. I just posted her pics to the flickr group.

    If you ever need anyone to be a volunteer crafter for a new pattern...I would LOVE to help! :)

    Thanks!
    Abby

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  43. I love this little monkey, she is so cute! I am wanting to make one for my daughter but I can't get the file to unzip. My computer keeps saying that it is damaged. Is there any other way for me to get the pattern?

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  44. Mandie, hey! sorry you are having trouble. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the zip, I just downloaded it and unzipped it. However, there may be some computery weirdness going on with your end, and if you want to just give me your email address I can try to email it to you. me{at}larissaholland{dot}com

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  45. I am tucking Molly into my back pocket and as soon as I get a few more projects complete I am coming back to make a Molly for my daughter.

    So precious! And I LOVE the "Mom" patch!

    On a different note - this is my first visit to your site and I appreciate your request to not use the three letter acronym that takes God's name in vain. So refreshing to see!

    Bless you!

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  46. Prairie Girl,
    welcome! and thanks for your kind words!
    can't wait to see your Molly.
    I can't take credit for the Mom patch, but that was a great idea done by my friend Olivia on her Molly!

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  47. I would love to make this, but for some reason my mac wont download it. It will go to the zip file, then says it can't find the original source. Any way to email it to me? It would be greatly appreciated.

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  48. angela, hey there. sorry for the problem with the download. weird! can you give me your email address?

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  49. Hi!
    I am completley in LOVE with this little monkey, except it won't allow me to download it.
    Is there any way you could please please please please email it to me?
    Thank you! I appreciate it so much!
    My email:
    half.blood.princ3ss@gmail.com

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  50. Oh my. :) Nevermind, I figured out how to work the pattern to get it to come up.
    PS I'm not the same Angela who asked previously for the pattern to be emailed to her... maybe your site has something against the name Angela? Suspicious...

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  51. This is way too cute. My daughter is wanting to learn how to sew and I have been looking for some projects for us to work on. I'm definitely going to make this one.

    Thanks!

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  52. Would love to make this monkey for my niece, but I don't have an unzip program. Is there any way you could post it as a PDF file?

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  53. I cant figure out how to get the pattern? Maybe I am doing something wrong? My 1yr old daughter saw Molly and is now yelling because she wants one lol!
    Thanks

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  54. I cant figure out how to get the pattern? Maybe I am doing something wrong? My 1yr old daughter saw Molly and is now yelling because she wants one lol!
    Thanks

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  55. Hi, Country Living for Us,
    here is the link to get the file:
    http://www.larissaholland.com/mmmcrafts/MollyMonkeyPattern.zip

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  56. yay! this is the cutest monkey pattern I've seen yet! Thank you SO much for sharing it with all of us! I will for sure let you know how she turns out!

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  57. Oh I am in ♥ with this monkey. What a cutie!!!

    You are so generous to offer the pattern. Thank you!

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  58. Just found this through simplythisthatandtheother.blogspot.com. What an adorable monkey pattern! And so generous of you to offer ti for free. I will be making one with my daughter over the summer..she'll love this project!

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  59. DONE! I completed Molly last night and I am SO happy with the result. I made it for my neices 1st birthday and used some brown cord pants from the op shop for the cord material (they only cost $2). Thank you for your kind generosity for sharing this pattern. I have put a link to you in my blog, I hope you don't mind.
    Grace

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  60. I actually made molly for my daughter last December & gave it to her on her 2nd birthday. She LOVES her monkey, has to have it to sleep every night. Today I finally appliqued the shoes on. I embroidered the face because I thought it gave it a more vintage look & would wear better. My son has been trying to steal the monkey since he was 9 months old, he just turned a year old & is still in love with the monkey so I'm going to make him a boy monkey today. I'll get some pics on the flicker page asap.

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  61. What a wonderful pattern.
    Thank you so much. I am going to make 3 for the K Mart Christmas tree right now, today. I have also become a follower and have added you to my blog.
    More power to you girl, so cool.

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  62. Looks like a great and simple pattern. Thanks. But I may make a Marty Monkey instead of Molly Monkey as it would be for my nephew.
    Thanks again

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  63. i can't seem to download the pattern... :( id really love to try this cute soft toy for my little niece...

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  64. When I click on the link to download the Molly pattern it just takes me to a page with the pic on it. :( I'd love to make a couple for my girls for Christmas since their nursery is done in monkeys. This is the cutest monkey pattern I've seen! How can I get the pattern?

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  65. Hey, Lewre,
    to download the pattern, don't click on the picture, instead click on the linked word that says 'download' in the paragraph below it. and that should do it. If you have more problems, provide me your email and I can send it to you! thanks!

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  67. that´s wonderful, thank you soo much!

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  68. Oh thank you for the precious Molly pattern. Muah!

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  69. I started making this adorable monkey today but I am stuck on the ears. I am finding it impossible to turn once stitched. Is the seam allowance still 1/4 inch for the ear? Any help you can give me would be great! At this point I was thinking of making felt ears and just sewing them wrong sides together.

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  70. Kristin, it is a small thing to turn. Yes, the allowance is 1/4 inch. You could totally do the felt ears and that would be fine! Turning these just takes patience and a pair of blunt tweezers.

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  71. Thanks for answering Larissa! I will try again and use some tweezers.

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  72. Thanks for the pattern! I just made a monkey for my daughter. She was just starting kindergarden and didn't have any snuggler that she cared for. So I thought I would make one for her (as she likes a song about a monkey). Well...I did it and she LOVED it!! First stuffie she LOVES! So a very BIG THANKYOU!!

    Here's a picture of it (She got it before I had done the skirt and everything...now I don't think she needs it, I guess it would be loss anyway!)

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_QfH3aK7ZI5I/S3RglIzSKZI/AAAAAAAAAJs/TlkhKtm7nFM/s320/tyger+063.jpg

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  73. Agnetha, that is super cute! nothing like making a softie and seeing your little one's face light up!

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  74. I plan on making this for a friend that is expecting and is crazy for monkeys. Since it's for a baby,would you suggest that I stitch the clothing directly to the doll (I already read your note about buttons for small children - so I will be just embroidering instead). Thanks in advance for offering this up! Fingers crossed that this works for even a beginner like me!

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  75. Stephanie,
    Yes, that's a good idea. I stitched on the hat and shoes for my four year old, and left the skirt free. If you are giving it to a baby, I'd suggest stitching on the skirt as well. All those stitches can be taken out as the child gets older and wants to play dress up!

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  77. Larisa, thank you for your wonderful Molly! Thank you so much for the pattern.
    I love it already and I linked to her from my blog..
    You can look at my version here!

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  78. Hello Larissa, I have enjoyed making Molly, and would like to make a few more to donate to the Royal Childrens Hospital. Do I have your permission to do this?
    Thanks, Jean
    I have posted my Molly onto the Moly flickr group

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  79. Hey, Jean! Yes, absolutely you can make as many monkeys as you like to give as gifts to your friends or to any charitable institution, as long as you don't sell the dolls. Thanks so much for asking! And what a wonderful thing to do.

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  80. Thanks for such a fantastic project! The pattern was very easy to follow. I love how my Molly turned out. I'm sure my little girl will love her. Thanks again!

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  81. Thank you!! I've been looking everywhere for a monkey pattern to sew for my son! He's 8 months old and loves Curious George. He makes monkey sounds just like Curious George on TV.

    Thanks again!! This one is so cute!

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  82. Thanks for this awesomely cute tutorial! I can't wait to make one for each of my girls for Christmas! How fun and they will be so excited!

    terelauritsen.blogspot.com

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  84. You are incredible Larissa! Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern, and helping me make my 3 little girls very happy ;)

    http://starcottage.blogspot.com/2010/07/my-3-little-monkeys.html
    God Bless you,

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  85. Thank you so much for your adorable pattern. My girls and I made 3 of these cuties!! I link our blog back to you, if anyone eles is interested in making them. Thanks again!!
    http://chroniclesofthreebeauties.blogspot.com/2010/09/celebrating-national-sewing-month.html?showComment=1285683778933#comment-c2398557528781729574

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  86. Great little tutorial,
    I love the pattern, I think my kids will love it.

    Aanee xxx
    Flower Delivery Ireland

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  88. Olá...

    Não sei escrever inglês. mas espero que me consigas entender!!!???

    Gostaria muito de fazer este boneco mas não consigo o molde, dá sempre erro!!! :(

    Será que me pode enviar o molde por email???

    Agradeço muito...

    Beijinhos....

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  89. and a great Mr. Nilsson he made! thank you again!!

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  90. thank you for the pattern. I just made a breast cancer molly monkey for my mom's chemo nurses as a thank you gift. she loved it.
    lisasalwayshomemade.blogspot.com

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  91. Thank you so much for this cute pattern...

    Some german blog had it and a link to your side...

    I am so happy about it, because your monkey is so darn cute...

    warmtest regards from germany

    Andrea

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  92. Thank you for this. My sister is having a baby in sept and they call the baby monkey right now so this will make a perfect gift!

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  93. Lovely, if can use them at the wedding~Wearing beautiful Cheap Wedding Dresses you will become the most beautiful pricess on special day.

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  94. Just wanted to say thank you for providing this pattern for free! My Brother and sister In-Law are expecting their first child and the theme is MONKEYS =) Really looking forward to trying this out. I think it would be perfect. Thanks again!!

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  95. Thank you so much for this Monkey pattern and tutorial. I made one for my daughter and though it turned out full of novice mistakes she still loves it. I have linked to you on my blog too:

    http://momsempowered.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/meet-kiki-the-diy-monkey/

    Thanks again!

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  96. Hi Larissa,
    I wanted to let you I blogged about you today on Fabric.com's blog:
    http://blog.fabric.com/2011/12/molly_monkey_doll.html

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  97. Great tutorial! You've been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

    We hand select only the best free tutorials and patterns for the home sewist.

    Grab a brag button!

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  98. Hi there, I've made this monkey for her daughter and a friend and both absolutely loved it! Now my friend would like to sell some in a new shop she's opening up. Since I'd be the one sewing, I was wondering.... any chance you may have updated your policy on selling the made product if I send some of the profit your way? It would be much, much, much appreciated. I understand you put a lot of effort into it hence my offer to give it back to you. My email is thepolkadotsweater(at) gmail.com.Thank you!

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  99. Aline, yes, there has been a change in my cottage industry policy. Go to this link to read all about it. Have fun making the monkeys!
    http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/p/cottage-industry-info.html

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  100. Oi, estou em Recife, Brasil e achei esse lindo macaquinho que você postou. Fiz o download e em breve estarei fazendo para as crianças de uma creche que frequento, e enviarei fotos. Obrigada pela generosidade, um abraço.

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  101. I just made a monkey for my (hopefully) soon to be born little girl!
    You can see her here:
    http://inspiringadventuresofalwaysinspired.blogspot.com/2012/05/still-no-hamster-but-i-made-her-friend.html

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  102. I, too, used your awesome tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing your design. It was so easy to do...if only all tutorials could be this well written! If you want to check it out: http://allthemorningsstilltolive.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/mookey-monkey-meets-the-mommy/

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  103. Hello Larissa, I used your great tutorial as well! Thanks so much for sharing. The tutorial is great and also, beautiful, and easy to follow. I've made some modifications, but the base is yours:) A picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kamcsatka/7635576412/in/set-72157629703016878 and also, there is a post on my blog, but it is in hungarian :D http.rebabastudio.blogspot.com
    Thank you once again!
    orsi

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  104. I have started on making Molly for my soon to be born niece and can't wait until she's done and the baby is here! On a side note I thought you might want to know that part of tip 11 and all of tip 12 are missing from the instructions. More accomplished sewers can probably do without, but it might be nice for beginners and intermediate sewers.

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  105. Hi, Brook! Thanks for the heads up. I checked the download and tip 11 and 12 are not missing, they are just in the second column on the page. It's a bit confusing page layout, but it is there! Thanks so much.

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  107. I love how the monkey has a heart and the heart says mom. I also love the monkey's half smile. It's more like a grin.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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  108. Oh my these are so cute! I have a niece that I'm going to be making her one for Christmas and I'm thinking about my boyfriend's nieces and nephew. These are utterly adorable and don't look like some that I see that have just weird unnatural looking faces. Awesome post and pattern!

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  109. je te remercie pour ton tutos et patron tu peux retrouver molly monkey sur mon blog : http://valy1501.blogspot.fr/

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  110. My daughter and I made a couple of Molly Monkey's last summer and when we heard Craft Hope was requesting handmade dolls for victims of Sandy we knew they would love Molly's so we made a few more to send to the kids. Thanks again for the pattern.

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  111. Hallo! The monkey is just amazing. So cute:) I really enjoy your blog.

    Hugs
    magnolienrinde

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  112. I made my monkey into a boy. I shrunk the pattern down 30% & will take him to my grandson who lives a long, long way from me. If interested, free owl & elephant pattern on my blog. It's fun to share.
    http://xoxograndma.blogspot.com/2013/09/little-elephant-toy-pattern.html

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  113. Love the Molly Monkey, looks so cute. I am planning on making a giant (like 8 foot) monkey for my grandaughter. Any suggestions for making it easier would be appreciated. I am not a great seamstris but I like to have fun with sewing

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    1. Hi, Susan, sorry no tips on the supersized monkey! Love to see that when you are finished!

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    2. I finally made Molly "Super Sized" Had to change the PDF to a GIF and I used paint to blow it up 3 times it's size and then Manipulated it to print on my printer. Lots of tape later, I had a pattern. She is about 6 ft tall now. I thing I would change is to stuff the tail AFTER it is sewn into the back. Stuff it after, just like the legs and arms.

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    3. Hi, Susan, couldn't see the picture bc it was restricted access to me, but I'm sure it's awesome!

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  114. Olá Larissa!!
    Linda a Molly.
    Vou tentar faze-la.
    Obrigada por partilhar seu talento.

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  115. I just used Molly to inspire a custom Creation - credited you on my wall for your awesome patterns! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.666714703375466.1073741864.233146346732306&type=1&stream_ref=10

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