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chickenfeet
« on: October 20, 2010 07:31:32 PM »

When I asked my 3 year old what she wanted to be for Halloween this year, she said either an octopus, a dolphin, or Thursday.  I went with octopus.  It was incredibly easy!  

I took one of those cheap, thin fleece blankets from the drug store and folded it in half, then cut triangle-shaped strips up to about 5 inches from the folded edge.  Like construction paper grass.  I sewed down the legs (this is where my crooked seams came in handy- they made them wavy) and then joined the two ends together to form a circle, and added a million felt circles on the undersides.  I used wire hangers to get them to curl in different directions, and then stuffed it all and added some elastic for the waistband.  Then I had to add elastic shoulder straps (that I still need to sew in) because the weight of 6 hangers pulled it right off her waist.

Unfortunately, my old blanket was the last thing anyone ever made in maroon, so she has to wear a black leotard and tights under, with some homemade legwarmers from old knee socks.  Still, it cost me $6 and took about 3 hours to do, and she absolutely loves it.


with the legwarmers & tights


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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2010 07:44:50 PM »

She has to be the most adorable octopus ever.  Great job.
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2010 07:50:13 PM »

She is too cute! I love awesome and easy costumes... I may have to keep this in mind for next year!
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010 07:54:54 PM »

That is terrific!  So creative!  (Although I would have LOVED to see you do Thursday!!)  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2010 08:46:00 PM »

That's adorable!  I love homemade Halloween costumes, and it looks like she really does love it.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2010 11:19:36 PM »

This. is absolutely. the cutest.
I love the ingenious way you used the blanket! It's so cool to see inexpensive I-already-have-this projects, and she looks so super adorable in it!

Obviously, she needs eight treat bags, one for each leg *nod*
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2010 12:43:10 AM »

That looks so good, especially with the legwarmers. It looks convincing, but also quite comfortable!
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2010 03:31:00 AM »

Freeking adorable!!!!
She makes the cutest octopus ever!
I like the idea of her having a treat bag on each leg, the dollar stores have tiny jack-o-lantern pails for table decorations that you could safety pin on to each of her legs. I bet she gets a few chuckles from the houses she goes to!

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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2010 04:57:51 AM »

Absolutely adorable Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2010 06:03:59 AM »

Handmade costumes are always the best! I love your little octopus! I featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page today. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2010 06:11:50 AM »

Thanks for all the kind comments, and for featuring it on facebook!  She's definitely got to have a candy bucket for each leg... what a great idea!  (and maybe a way for mom to get some candy too...)
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« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2010 07:12:03 AM »

Wicked adorable! Wondering what you would've done for 'thursday' though!  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2010 04:46:51 PM »

First of all your daughter is adorable!! Second, great job on the octopus, it is sooo cute!!! Though I would have liked ot have seen a Thursday costume. : )
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« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2010 05:23:27 PM »

This is adorable!
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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2010 03:26:08 AM »

this is very creative and awesome! great job!
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« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2010 01:36:06 PM »

she looks SO cute .You made a great job!! Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2010 07:28:15 AM »

Thats just too darn cute!
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« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2010 08:21:05 AM »

Holy wow! This is amazing!

But Thursday.... that's a challenge!
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« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2010 04:35:38 PM »

I just love everything about this!

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« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2010 03:58:43 PM »

That is the most adorable and brilliant costume!
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« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2010 09:16:00 PM »

"an octopus, a dolphin, or thursday"  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2010 06:26:36 AM »

She looks great.
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« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2010 11:22:47 PM »

I love it!
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« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2010 10:44:16 PM »

She is so cute! I'm sure the neighbors gave her candy enough for each of those little legs!
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« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2010 05:10:26 AM »

Thanks so much for this post - I know this is more than a little late, but you helped me make my boyfriend his Halloween costume this year and he loved it! He went as Paul the Psychic Octopus from the Soccer World Cup!



I just copied your instructions. Thank you so much!! It was a great costume!!
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« Reply #25 on: July 16, 2011 01:46:38 AM »

This is the one i did for my little baby Smiley
http://mesamismesdoudous.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/hello-my-name-is/
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