Octopus Sewing Tutorial and Pattern
Recently while on vacation in Amsterdam I saw an interesting stuffed Octopus in a shop window . It was darling so I made a pattern to make my own. He turned out so cute! It was also a lot of fun to make :) I used two floral fabrics that I had. Sea colored or sea themed fabrics would also be a good choice.
Using the octopus pattern, cut out 4 head pieces, 8 leg pieces, 2 eye pieces and one bottom.
Sew two sets of head pieces from the top to the bottom where the pins are in the left picture. Then pin both head pieces together and sew only one side from the top to the bottom. You need to leave the fourth side open to attach the legs in a later step. You can also do a zig-zag stitch along the bottom of the head to keep it from unraveling. Make sure to also clip the curves.
Next, you can stuff the head and pin the fourth side together so it is full in order to see where you want to place the eyes. Then zig-zag stitch around the eye pieces. I went around them a few times to have a more defined stitch. Choose two buttons for the eyes and sew them in place.
For each of the 8 legs, follow the left picture from left to right. Fold the leg in half and pin along the seam then sew along the seam curving the foot at the bottom. Clip curves, turn inside out and then stuff them all.
Now attach each leg around the bottom of the head the same as in the right picture. Sew along the bottom of the head securing each leg.
Turn the head inside out and stitch the fourth head seam together. Start sewing from the top and then from the bottom leaving about 2 inches open in the middle for turning right side out when the octopus is done.
Turn the octopus inside out with the legs inside and place the bottom circular piece on. You can either sew this by hand or on the machine. Whichever is easier for you. Then turn the head right side out, firmly stuff and hand stitch the opening closed.
Finished! Such a fun sewing project to do with children. They can choose any colored fabric and the button eyes to make it more fun :)