Plush Octopus Tutorial

Octopus Plush Tutorail

Mr. Octopus finally has a friend (Ms. Octopi, maybe?). This means that you guys get to finally see the long-awaited (and promised) tutorial πŸ™‚

Have you guys seen this photo floating around Pinterest?

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The watermark on the image links to here but I can’t read what the page says (I think its in Chinese?Or some other totally different language, obviously this isn’t my area of expertise :P) so I don’t know where this photo came from. That did not make it easier to make this octopus, especially considering that I know very little about sewing…like at all, it is not my favorite thing to do. But the octopus was adorable and the cloth was a remnant that only cost me a few bucks and I can make quite a few octopi with the piece I bought.

 

Anyway, you need:

  • a sewing needle,
  • furry cloth (or fleece like cloth supposedly, don’t quote me ;)),
  • pins,
  • a pen,
  • templates for the pieces,
  • safety eyes (I got mine at Joann’s),
  • stuffing,
  • and thread similar in color to the cloth.

Step 1: Cut out the pieces for the head. The first image is the shape I used for the second octopus, the second image was the first shape I used. The fatter football shape makes the head more rounder. The skinnier the footballs, the more oval the head will be. Now don’t think that you can make really fat footballs and it will work, believe me it won’t (had to redo those pieces…). I’d try to stick to a similar shape as in the Pinterest photo. If you know more about sewing you may have an easier time coming up with the templates. Once you have the templates, trace them with pen (keeping in mind the direction of the fur) and then cut out the pieces. Tip: I recommend drawing out the line of where you will be sewing, it helps keep your seams consistent (or anyway it helped me :P).

Step 2: Mark were you want your eyes placed. Carefully snip the area. I recommend using small nail scissors or something. The hole can get big fast, so start with small. A cross shape hole helps. Insert your safety eyes.

 

Plush Octopus Tutorial

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Step 3: Pin the first two pieces together, once again keeping in mind the direction of the fur. Start sewing. It is probably smart to do a back-stitch, logically I’d assume it’s stronger, but laziness and hatred of sewing eventually got to me and I gave up. Tip: Remember that you only want to sew around half the football, stop at the points. Do half the football, then attach the next piece, then do half the football again. You are making a sphere!Β That may sound like stupid advice but if you get in the flow (or watching something interesting on Netflix), there is the risk of forgetting πŸ™‚ Remember to leave a hole for stuffing the head.

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Step 4: All right! You got all the pieces sewn together. Now flip it right side out, and stuff the head. Sew the head shut and you’re done. I think the stitch I used to sew the head shut is called the mattress stitch, but once again don’t quote me. If you just do a quick google of sewing shut plush toys, you’ll get plenty of wonderful tutorials.

Step 5: Now it’s time for the many, many legs. The first octopus I made had skinnier legs, more similar to the ones in the Pinterest photo. The second one I tried to make fatter legs using the template shape in the photo below. Anyway, trace out the shape you want (maybe do one mock-up just in case) and cut out the pieces. Once again keep in mind the direction of fur. You will need 16 pieces to make 8 legs (yes, I can do math ;)).

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Step 6: Place the right sides of 2 pieces facing each other and sew the leg pieces together. Make sure to leave an area open to stuff the leg. I left it open at the skinny part of the leg, but the side could work too. Just as long as you can flip the leg right sides facing out and stick the stuffing in. Then sew the leg shut the same way you did on the head. (Forgive my nails in the photo, I was painting earlier that day and apparently missed a bunch of the red paint :P)

Step 7: Repeat step 6 seven more times πŸ™‚

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Step 8: Form the legs into a ring. I just threaded the needle through the narrow part of the leg all the wayΒ  through and did that for all 8 legs. Then I joined the round together in whatever way I could.

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Step 9: Pin the leg circle to the bottom of the head where you want it. It’ll be easier to sew the legs on this way. Honestly this was the most difficult part for me. I made sure to sew the legs on in the center of the circle and then I also when on the outside of the circle (like the Pinterest photo shows) and sewed there too. I’m not sure how secure my stitching was so I figured doing it in two different places was smart.

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Step 10: You are basically done. You can add a mustache on or any other accessories you want. I made the mustache from felt and just glued it on…I was done with sewing by that point and I (unsurprisingly) have fabric glue. I haven’t decided what I want to do with my second octopus…maybe its a girl…?

Octopus Plush Tutorial

I hope you enjoy my glamor shots of the octopi πŸ˜‰ Let me know if there is anything I can clear up on this tutorial… even though honestly this is the extent of my sewing knowledge….I think they turned out pretty good despite that fact πŸ˜‰

Any suggestions on who the new member of the octopus family should be are welcome. Shall it be a girly octopus or can you guys come up with something more creative? πŸ˜‰ Comment below!

As always…you can follow me on twitter (here), visit my Etsy shop (here), or like my Facebook page (here) πŸ™‚

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My Little Friends

squid and octopus crochet

Aren’t they cute πŸ˜€ I promised to show you guys what I gave my friends for their birthdays, so here they are πŸ™‚ Now for the squid I used the same pattern I showed you guys here. The octopus is a new pattern πŸ™‚ What do you guys think?

octopus crochet

 

octopus crochet

 

octopus crochet

I had fun taking photo’s of this guy πŸ˜‰ I think my friends liked these little guys (anyway I hope so :D) If you want to make your own octopus you can find the pattern here (Link) It’s another ravelry pattern. It can be a bit hard to follow since there is no indication of how many st you should have at the end of a round. It is possible to figure it out since it is a simple pattern. Just try it πŸ™‚ If you guys have too many issues with it let me know and I’ll help you out πŸ™‚ I guess I’ll leave you guys with a few more pictures of Mr. Octopus and his friend πŸ™‚

And don’t forget, my Kickstarter is still going and I NEED help! Please check it out πŸ™‚ (link) There’s only 11 days left!

squid and octopus crochet

 

squid and octopus crochet

Friday Faves

So it seems that I totally forgot about Friday Faves last week……oops πŸ˜› I promise I have a good excuse!Β  A couple of my friends were having a joint costume birthday party last Friday so I was busy freaking out about what to wear πŸ˜€ I was a pirate (a very attractive pirate if I do say so myself ;)) Anyway either Saturday or Sunday I’ll show you guys what I gave them as birthday presents. I promise you guys will like them so check back πŸ™‚

The past week has been full to the brim with stuff. Everything from essays, to tests, to ice skating, and just random stuff going on. I’ve barely had a moment to think πŸ˜› Why does everything pile up at the same time? Anyway this weeks Faves are cowl themed! I’ve developed a bit of an obsession cowl scarves πŸ™‚ I’m actually knitting one for myself (I’ll obviously show you guys when I’m done ;)) So here are some of my favorites,

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This link has patterns for two different cowls. The one above and the one below πŸ™‚ Both are pretty (and I may need to make both :))

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This ones also a link to a pattern πŸ˜‰

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Knitting Pattern / Cowl Shoulder Warmer / Bordeaux / Chunky Oversized

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Well here you go πŸ™‚ Now don’t forget that my kickstarter project is still going. Only 13 more days!! I need your help to fill my goal! πŸ˜€

Visit me on Facebook here πŸ™‚ And my Kickstarter here πŸ™‚

Free Octopus Crochet Pattern

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Isn’t he a little cutie πŸ™‚ and guess what? It’s my own pattern!!! XD This time instead of giving you guys a link and some tips…I’m giving you a pattern! Isn’t this exciting?! (or is it just me ;))Β  So here we go πŸ™‚ :

Materials:

Any yarn you like
Any crochet hook you like
(the size of the hook and yarn will determine how big your octopus will be)

Abbreviations:

sc=single crochet
inc=increase
dec=decrease

Instructions:

Head:

start with 6 sc in magic loop (video instructions)
Round 1: inc around (12)
Round 2: 1 sc, inc (18)
Round 3: inc, 2 sc (24)
Round 4: 3 sc, inc (30)
Round 5: inc, 4 sc (36)
Round 6-9: sc around (36)
Round 10: dec, 4 sc (30)
Round 11: 3 sc, dec (24)
Round 12: dec, 2 sc (18)
Round 13: dec, 14 sc, dec (16)

Now you’re done with the head πŸ™‚

Tentacles: Don’t tie off yet. Now chain 16 (or however long you want the tentacles to be) Now two sc from the hook begin to double crochet. Double crochet in each stitch until you get back to the head. Skip one sc on the head and sc to attach the second side of the tentacle. Then repeat the first step.

When you finish all eight tentacles you can add the eyes and stuff the octopus. After you finish stuffing it you will notice that there is a large hole at the bottom of the head where you stuffed it. To close this hole you will need to crochet a patch and sew it on.

Patch:

sc 6 in magic ring.
Round 1: inc around (12)
Round 2: 1 sc, inc (18)
If the patch is still too small:
Round 3: inc, 2 sc (24)
Round 4: 3 sc, inc (30)

Now sew on the patch and hid all the yarn ends and you’re done πŸ˜€

See he’s a cutie right πŸ™‚ Now what to name him? πŸ™‚

This is the first pattern I’ve ever written so if you think there’s an error or something doesn’t make sense, just let me know and I’ll do my best to fix it as fast as possible πŸ˜€

I hope you enjoy my cutie of an octopus :3 now go build your octopi army (mwahahaha ;))

Free Lacy Knitted Cowl Pattern

Remember how I said I might go to a movie today…yeah, that didn’t happen. The friends that were planning this got the dates wrong, so that’s probably happening next Tuesday. Instead I’m showing you the project I promised to show you guys…and you get a free pattern! πŸ˜€

My mom loves knitting, I another hand never have. I’d rather crochet. But after this project I actually started liking knitting πŸ™‚ It was not a smart project to learn how to knit on…believe me, lots of frustration happened but it ended successfully.

I am really sorry for the crappy pictures. My phone really doesn’t like the coral color I used so it’s the best I could do. It looks pretty good in person. I promise πŸ™‚

Coral Lacy Knit CoralLike my Pinterest in the background? πŸ™‚ See the cowl has a really nice leafy pattern to it. It wasn’t too hard to make once I got the hang of it. It’s made with mostly knits, purls every once in a while, yarn overs to create the holes (it’s really easy, you just wrap the yarn over the right needle once before doing the knit that comes right after), and creative placement of a few types of decreases. The decreases are simple to get the hang of, just look up the names of them (there’s a key included with all the stitch names :)) on YouTube.

Link for the pattern: www.sweaterbabe.com/142-drawstring-lace-cowl-free-pdf-knitting-pattern/

Since most of the patterns are one’s you have to buy, you do have to put it into your cart and check out. You don’t have to provide any information outside of your email and a created password…I think. It’s been a while since I first got it. A link is emailed to you that you can access any time.

Tips on making this cowl:

  1. If you are a first time knitter keep in mind that when you are doing the yarn overs and looking at the graph of the pattern, the yarn over and the knit drawn next to it count as one. The yarn over is not counted when counting stitches. Just ignore it and count the knits only. (This messed me up sooo bad the first few times I tried knitting….until my mom explained this concept :P)
  2. I suggest having a row counter or at least a piece of paper and a pen next to you at all times to keep track of what row you’re on. It helps a whole lot.
  3. Don’t be upset if it doesn’t work out when you first try. Just undo it and try again. You aren’t paying for trying again after all πŸ™‚ and no one has to know πŸ˜‰
  4. There’s a whole lot of repeating in this pattern, just keep this in mind (it can either be a blessing…or boring :))
  5. You can make they pom poms easily with just cardboard and the yarn you knitted with. If you don’t know how to make them this seems like a simple tutorial. There are a whole lot of ways to make them so just google it πŸ™‚
  6. If you want it to look like the photo in the pattern use a bulkier yarn. Something similar to the yarn listed in the pattern. I used a thinner yarn and it turned out smaller and thinner than in the pattern. I still like it, but it could be nicer bulkier πŸ™‚

Once it gets cold enough to wear the scarf I’ll update this post with a photo of me wearing it, you can’t really tell what it looks like from my photo πŸ˜›

I hope you like this pattern πŸ˜€

PS I’ve got a surprise for you guys on Friday πŸ˜‰