Once again, I’m making Charlie’s first Christmas presents out of stuff I have on-hand. This one is slightly more successful than the cringe-worthy owls I made last week. Plus, this is something most of you will have supplies for on hand. All you need to make your own is a sock, some grocery bags, and a needle and thread. Here’s the 20 minute process:
• Grocery bags
Step 1: Gather yo’ stuff
I had a pair of these really soft fleecy socks that my MIL gave me for Christmas last year. I don’t wear them much because they slip off my feet when I’m walking, but they make the perfect socks for an octopus toy
Step 3: Sew the body shut
I used a simple running stitch, and gathered it tight as I went. A couple rounds through was all I needed. Oh, and I double-threaded the needle (ran the thread through and the “halfway point” was at the top, and then knotted the two ends together) so it would be more sturdy. You can also use a rubber band, but I didn’t want to on a toy for an infant. Choking hazard, you know.
Step 4: Cut the legs
I started by cutting the sock in half, then in more halves until I got 8 legs. Ok, confession. One of the “halves” was looking a little small, so I skipped it. My octopus only has seven legs. Please don’t tell my baby she’s getting a deformed octopus!
Step 5: Sew the legs shut
I folded each leg in half and whip-stitched them shut. You’ll need to do this on any type of fabric that frays (which will be pretty much every type of sock). This just keeps the fabric from disintegrating.
That’s it! I like that the spots ended up acting as eyes. If you’re doing this for an older kid, you can sew on buttons for the eyes. It’s not something I’m going to do for a baby, for the whole choking scenario.
I think he’s pretty cute, for a creepy little creature. He was free, which is also awesome, and pretty easy to put together. My poor child is going to be that weird kid whose mom makes all her Halloween costumes and gets handmade toys for Christmas Is it strange that I’m actually pretty excited about that? Though in my defense there are all sorts of building projects that are suited for older kids, and I’m way better at building than crafting. Oh, and I’m also not too shabby at sewing clothes, so costumes won’t be the nightmare that my plushies were!