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™‚

Sneak Peeks and Updates

Amazing how time flies by, isn’t it? I’ve had a bunch of stuff going on. My emotions have been all over the place (it sucks being a girl that sucks at even talking to guys). But things are looking up (or at least I’m caring less :))I know I promised new stuff weeks ago but I just haven’t felt like doing anything specific πŸ˜› But I’m on summer vacation so I think I’m allowed πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I finally have stuff to share. I finished the octopus I said i was going to make (and I took photos of the process). I just have to finish writing the post πŸ™‚ So stay tuned since that should be up in the next few days.

As for another project I’ve been working on, you guys get to see a sneak peek as an apology for being such a procrastinator πŸ˜›

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This is my big summer project and you guys will see the end result eventually πŸ™‚

Well I better get to writing the octopus tutorial. Bye guys πŸ™‚

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

Octopi and Spring Break

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Normal people do something like leaving the state (if not the country) or partying during spring break. Not me πŸ™‚ I spend my only full day off making an octopus plush πŸ™‚ Sadly I forgot to take photos of the process, but I do promise to make another one very soon to show you guys just how simple it is (it was my first time sewing something serious!) πŸ™‚

Anyway I have work tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean I won’t make a few more projects…I should probably go write my English paper though….;)

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!

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squid and octopus crochet

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 ;))