Monday, February 1, 2010

Can I Make An Octopus?

It's safe to say the answer is, "Yes, I can!" Took a while because honestly I had no idea what I was doing. I'd never even thought about making one until my neighbor, Margie, sort of asked me back in November. See, the short version of the story is her grandson saw one at an aquarium and became fascinated/obsessed with them. He lives out in Colorado, far to faraway. Margie is so nice and wonderful as a neighbor, friend, and substitute Grandma to my kids that I said, "Do you want me to make one for you?" Her response, "Do you think you could?" I thought, why not. And so I searched pictures online, made a quick pattern and dug through the fabric stash. Progress slowed over the holidays. Once January hit I regained focus and thus moved from a cut out pattern to sewing. I started with the legs. Long skinny triangles, 2 pieces in the maroon fabric and one in the polka dot. The later was given to me from a friend and I pieced it together to have enough! My initial "head" pattern turned out looking like men's private parts when sewed together so I had to scrap it and choose to stuff the legs instead.
Octopus 1
It was then that I realized my octopus was going to be a bit larger than I thought. The legs measured 20 inches long! I sewed them together in an overlapping circle and used a scrap of velvet from a prom dress for the center.
Octopus 1
I love these legs... I can't even begin to explain how giddy they make me.
Octopus 1
I went to sleep that night wondering what to do about the head. I woke at about 2 am to use the restroom, when it hit me... "think pillow". A bed pillow was the shape, simply round off the corners and stuff slightly less than full. Back to sleep with a smile on my face. The next day I made the head sized to fit the legs and hand sewed it on. On to eyes. More scrap from the prom dress, triangle pieces hand sewn and stuffed to form little balls. I used the last two pieces of polka dot scrap (from the legs) to wrap the eyeball. Then using a rectangle of felt, I stitched together the eyeball into the felt and onto the head, creating a socket.
Octopus 1
When finished Rubes showed me how Mr. Octopus could stand on his own. How cool is that!
Octopus 1 with Kids
I gave him to Margie a week before her trip to Colorado. I figured she'd need the time to figure out how to pack him. (He wound up being around 3 feet tall.) I had her close her eyes while I stood him up in her living room. When she opened them she squealed out a few o, o, o's and danced in place! At that point it became unclear if she would cry or laugh because she was having trouble breathing as she was giggling! It felt unbelievable to give this much joy to someone so dear to me. When "thank-yous" are not enough I guess a stuffed octopus can say it all.

4 comments:

Patty said...

Now that's a pink octopus! How adorable! Misty, you amaze me with how resourceful you are! I love it!

Vic said...

Yes! you can!!! What a beautiful creature and I love the polka dot material, just like suction cups :)

northwoodsmom said...

I am always amazed by your creativity, Misty! :) Kudos to you and the creative mind! :) I love the octopus. Did your neighbor tell you how she managed to get it to her grandson?

Betsy

Anonymous said...

Hi there!
I stumbled across your blog while searching for inspiration for an octopus pillow to make a good friend for christmas. I thought you might like to see it! Thanks for the ideas on the legs and the head- it was perhaps trickier than my sewing skills could handle as it seemed to take me 3 days straight! I filled it's legs with polystyrene beads as stuffing wouldn't go down them.

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