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Sock Octopus: A How-To

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:

Supplies:
• Sock
• Grocery bags
• Needle/Thread

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 2: Stuff bags in the socks
The bags make the toy crinkle, which babies love. If you’re making one for a bigger kid, you can always use regular stuffing. Or even fabric scraps.

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!

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  1. Mandy

    So cute! And just for the record, my mom made all of my Halloween costumes and it friggin ROCKED!!!

  2. Catherine

    My mom made a whole lot of my Christmas presents – and even made a whole lot more of my clothes. I think my favorites were the clothes that she would make my American Girl a copy of. So that me and Molly could wear the same thing!

    The fact that my mom made me my gifts may not have been super cool when I was little, but now its a badge of honor!

    Oh and PS – when I gave my niece the kitchen set she was bragging that her aunt had made it :D

  3. Sarah

    There ain’t no shame in being one of those moms! Before I was even thinking about kids I recall telling a friend how I was going to be such an awesome mom because I was going to make so much stuff for my kids! I did get a cross-eyed look, but hey I still think I’m gonna be a pretty awesome mom!

  4. Barb

    Please tell me you’re calling it the “Socktopus”. You must.

    1. You are a GENIUS! Oh, I love it. Socktopus it is!

  5. Kelsey

    I love this craft and have started making one for my daughter after I saw it pinned on pinterest. I bought fuzzy socks from the dollar store and couldn’t figure out how to keep the legs from falling apart. I am so glad I found your blog and that you used fuzzy socks too. By the way, I am also one of those moms due to lack of finances. However, I don’t think I would have it any other way. :)

    1. At least it encourages us to get creative and thoughtful! I’m already planning all sorts of fun things to build this year. And I’m about to get started sewing her Halloween costume! Making things really allows the options to be endless. That’s what I love the most about it!

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