So the other day while I was at the beach with my little pirates, this cute little Octopus followed me home....... OK, maybe not, but doesn't she look realistic with the photo of Crystal Cove in the background? I mean you can hardly see the monitor frame right?
Oh well...I found this free download to make this adorable Octopus online and you can find it here. It's designed by Melly & Me. I used the basic pattern and changed the face and added the ribbon to the top of her head. I thought it would be a fun texture for little Sofia to touch. This was really FTS (fun to sew)! I did make 2 changes to the way the pattern is written. It's not that I am so much better at doing any of these things than the designers of these patterns, I'm just sharing what worked easier for me. First off, it easier for me to do the face details before you assemble and stuff the toy. The pattern has you adding the eyes after it's stuffed and I prefer to do that first. Also the pattern has you leave an opening in the side of the
Octopus' head for turning and you stitch it closed
by hand after stuffing. I chose to leave an opening
at the bottom of the toy. There is less stress on that
seam and it looks neater. I'm planning to make a
few more of these in different colors. I used
chocolate brown flannel with pink polka dots for
my Sofia. Who doesn't love an Octopus?
I mean seriously?