While listening to the radio last week I heard that there are just about 100 days left until Christmas. I try to make some handmade gifts every year and thought it could be fun to make some type of stuffed animal. I decided on a reversible octopus because it seems like something most people would find cute, and I love that you can flip it back and forth to give it different facial expressions. There is also a template provided for you to download and print.
- Download and print, and cut the octopus body and head templates
- Two colors of fleece
- Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
- Fiber-fil stuffing
- Facial feature options: safety eyes, embroidery floss, fabric paint, etc.
- Note: If you are making this as a gift for a young child be sure to research safety guidelines regarding stuffed toys.
- Cut out a square of each of your colors of fleece large enough for 2 mirrored pieces of the octopus body.
- Stack them right sides together and pin them in a few places around the edges.
- Place the octopus body template on top of one side of your fleece and pin it in place.
- Trace around the entire template with a pen. It does not have to be washable since you are only drawing on the inside and it won’t be seen later.
- Pick up the template, flip it over so it mirrors the first half, and line up the edge of the paper with the traced edge.
- Pin the template in place and trace around the full piece.
- Remove the template and set it aside.
- Pin along the legs through both layers of fleece to secure them together.
- Sew with a straight stitch along your traced lines ONLY around the outside of the legs. DO NOT sew around the inner circle or the lines where the two halves line up.
- Cut around the outer edges of the legs and in between each one approximately 1/8″ away from the stitching.
- Poke a hole through the inner circle and cut around the traced line through both sides of the fleece.
- Use the octopus head template piece and cut out four from each color of fleece.
- Starting with one color, pin two head pieces wrong sides together along one curved side.
- Sew with a straight stitch and a 1/8″ seam allowance.
- Open up the first two head pieces, take another piece and pin one curved side to the previous piece and sew.
- Repeat pinning and sewing the fourth head piece along the curved edge of the previous piece until you have all four of them sewn together in a row.
- Finally, line up the free curved edges of the first and last head pieces, pin and sew.
- Turn the head right side out.
- Repeat the same steps with the other color head.
Add on the Faces
- Use embroidery floss, safety eyes, etc, and give each side of the head a different expression.
Sew the Head and Body Together
- Your body should still be inside out and the heads right side out.
- Turn the head upside down and slide it into the opening of the body.
- Line up the edges and pin them together.
- Sew the pinned edge with a stretch stitch and 1/8″ seam allowance.
- Flip the octopus over to the opposite side.
- Insert the head into the body opening.
- Repeat the same steps except you will need to leave a 2″ opening.
Turn, Stuff, Finish
- Pull the octopus through the 2″ opening turning it right side out.
- Push each leg out completely all the way to the end.
- Insert fiber-fil stuffing through the hole pushing it all the way down into each leg.
- Once the legs are filled, stuff the head and the body section between the legs and head.
- You will not fill the opposite side of the head.
- The opposite side of the head will be floppy so that you can push it up into the body.
- Take a needle and matching thread and use a ladder stitch to sew the hole closed.