The octopus is one of my absolute favourite sea creatures, so when I found one in a book of fleece stuffed animal patterns that my Nana bought for me, I just had to make it! The pattern was really simple, and I was able to get most of it done on a lazy Saturday at school. I chose a peach coloured polar fleece for the underside, and a medium purple polar fleece for the top. In stead of sewing on buttons for eyes, I glued on some googly eyes.
The pattern said to use buttons for the suckers on the tentacles, but I didn’t have that many little buttons lying around, so the tentacles are plain.
When I got “her” finished, I realized that, as a self-respecting female stuffed animal, she had to have eyelashes. Using some dark purple thread, I hand stitched some eyelashes onto her eyelids. I considered using plastic eyelashes, but I wanted her to stay snuggly-soft.
I named her Lumpy because I realized after she was finished that I should have stuffed her with smaller bits of polyester fiberfill. Also, her head isn’t quite as round as it looked in the picture in the book, but I’m sure it’s nothing a little tweaking can’t fix next time.
I tend to carry my sewing projects around with me, so she ended up being taken to a few club meetings. Despite her flaws, she became a vital part of club meetings. The guys all love to pass her around and play with her–or wear her like a hat. I even sent her in my place one meeting night when I was sick. Unfortunately, she also lost an eye that night. For a while I had the detached eye with intentions to glue it back on, but now the eye has been lost. I’m torn between glueing on a new eye or just giving her an eyepatch so she can look all cool like Nick Fury or a fearsome pirate…
Thanks in advance for your responses!