Mr. Octopus finally has a friend (Ms. Octopi, maybe?). This means that you guys get to finally see the long-awaited (and promised) tutorial 🙂
Have you guys seen this photo floating around Pinterest?
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 ;)),
- a pen,
- templates for the pieces,
- safety eyes (I got mine at Joann’s),
- 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.
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! 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 🙂 Remember to leave a hole for stuffing the head.
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 ;)).
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 🙂
Step 8: Form the legs into a ring. I just threaded the needle through the narrow part of the leg all the way through and did that for all 8 legs. Then I joined the round together in whatever way I could.
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.
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…?
I hope you enjoy my glamor shots of the octopi 😉 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 😉
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? 😉 Comment below!