Summer is here and I know how much of a struggle it can be to find fun, engaging, and educational activities to do with the kids that do not involve a screen. Growing up in a house full of DIYers and artists, I started learning how to sew at a young age. And I am very grateful for that! Introductory sewing projects can be a great way to spend some quality time with your little ones while they learn useful lifelong skills. Today we are adding to our collection of easy sew felt animal stuffies with this beyond adorable felt octopus! Make this cutie with your kids for some summer fun with an educational twist.
To begin this project, you will need to pick out some felt. We used Holland Wool Felt from A Child’s Dream Come True for our felt octopus, and the stuffie turned out gorgeously. A Child’s Dream has a gorgeous color palette of 100% wool felt. We used 1mm felt in Cool Blue and Aquamarine for this project, but their purples and greens are so vibrant that I know I will have to use those for another project! This felt is great for kids because it is not made with any harmful substances and not flammable, unlike acrylic felt. We used 4 colors of felt in total for this stuffie: an 18″ x 18″ sheet of Aquamarine, an 18″ x 18″ sheet of Cool Blue, an 8″ x 12″ sheet of white for the sailor’s hat, and an 8″ x 12″ sheet of blush for the rosy cheeks. The specific colors do not matter so feel free to explore your creativity for this one! Generally, we used the slightly lighter shade of blue for the underside of octopus. You will also need 2 black buttons for the eyes (we used 3/4″ buttons). In order to make the felt octopus arms bendy, you can add pipe cleaners in with wool stuffing when you stuff the arms (see Shop this Project below!). Once you have your materials, you can print the PDF template below as a guide for cutting your felt. Members can download the printable instructions, or you can follow the step-by-step photo tutorial to sew your felt octopus together. You can add more pipe cleaners to each arm depending on how bendy you would like them to be. It is all up to you!
If you are interested in making more felt animal stuffies to go with your felt octopus, check out some of the cute characters from our animal stuffie series. You can make a whole collection with our monkey, penguin, dog, koala or owl. I would love to see the felt stuffies that you are creating, so share your photos with me using the hashtag #DIYDreamingWithLia on Instagram or emailing them in to firstname.lastname@example.org! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to see our daily DIYs, and take a look at our membership options to start downloading. Enjoy! ~ Lia