I'll get to work on a tutorial- maybe by monday I'll have it? Anyway, I kinda just did some stuff as I went along, so it's not going to be the most professional looking tute. The end result was great though!
Edit: Actually, this is simpler than I thought, so I can just whip it up now. It would be a good idea to read this through before starting (I'm hoping everybody would just do that anyway, but...) because some stuff gets explained as you go.
1.) Cut four fabric strips- 5 inches wide x 36 inches long. Cut four batting strips- 5 inches wide x 36 inches long.
2.) Wrong side of fabric facedown, place one batting strip over one fabric strip. Fold strip lengthwise, right sides sides together. Batting should be on outside of tube, right sides of fabric should be on inside.
3.) Pin 12 in. up one end of the tube, and 12 in. up the other end. Sew. This should leave twelve inches in the middle of the tube unsewn. Turn inside out. The tube should look like this laid out.
4.) Repeat for each strip. Half of each strip will be each octopus leg, so choose fabric accordingly. The open sections will form the head.
5.) Fold first filled tube at open section and hold in place. The right side of the fabric should face you, the inside of the tube faces down. Fold 2nd tube across top of 1st to form an X. 2nd tube should be folded in same way as first, so the open sections should be on top of each other. Third tube is folded over top of of second tube to form kind of a * shape. Fourth tube is folded across third tube. The tubes should extend from the center point, so you will have four legs of each fabric (unless you're using all the same, I guess.)
Before laying the strips on top of each other, think about how you want the head to look at the end. The uppermost strips you lay out (I numbered them 3rd and 4th up there ^, but the 4th will really be the first one on top.) will be seen and the bottom strips will probably be hidden inside the head (1st and 2nd).
6.) Gather the octopus up by unsewn sections. You should be holding it so the legs dangle down and the unsewn sections form kind of a sphere (more of a 3D oval). Again, the open parts of the unsewn sections face down. The bunch of fabric you have will be the head.
7.) If you are the kind of person who likes animals and things with big heads, then leave it as is. If not, cut away some of the BATTING (don't mess with the fabric yet) to your taste. I cut away a lot, if I remember right.
8.) Tie a string around the bottom of the head where the legs extend from to keep the strips that form the head in place.
9.) This part is tricky- handsew the strips that form the head to each other, and sew shut the bottom. Form the head as you go, trying to visualize where your octopus's face will be at the end and which fabrics you would like the head to be made up of- some of the layers of the little * will be hidden inside the head. Again, this part is a bit difficult and awkward to sew, but don't give up! The bottom of the octopus head can look however you want because you won't see it, so I used a fishing-line type thread to sew that part.
10.) Tie a ribbon around octopus's neck. Remove the string first if the ribbon is strong enough to hold the head tightly. If not, just leave the string to help secure the head.
11.) Add your little button eyes and embroider smile.
If you plant to put all the little suckers on, It might be best to do it before you arrange the head, only attaching the buttons to the leg parts. Then again, you might end up with some buttons on top of the tubes instead of them all being on the bottom. I guess it depends how good you are at visualizing the end product when you add the buttons. A friend of mine thought them up after I was finished. so mine were added at the very end as an afterthought.
I hope that's clear enough! I'd be happy to answer any questions. Since this is my first tute I don't know if I wrote it the best way. Also, If you want images of the other steps, It would be no problem for me to draw them up in photoshop. I didn't take any pics of the process, so I'm sorry the ones I drew are so lame. (: I would love
to see what everybody comes up with, so post pics if you decide to make more susies! (although yours can have other names