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« on: March 15, 2012 06:30:19 AM »

I made this Octo-Bear for Alchamy513 in the March Birthday Swap.  My partner got it yesterday and she said it's the best stuffed animal ever--yay!

This is not my usual style; I used a stuffie on her pinterest as a guide.  I used the pattern from the Mystery Critter Swap for the head and body.  I happened to have some black and white checkerboard fleece on hand, which worked great for the legs.  I spent a lot of time thinking about how to do the legs, but once I started working on them, they went together quickly and easily, and differently than I had planned!



The mouth is a zipper, and inside I put an arcade ticket, a fortune-cookie fortune, and a tiny key.


Tied onto the black ribbon around the neck is a large key that says "secret" and a token that says "unique".


I like going outside my comfort zone like this, it makes me grow as a crafter, and things I learned from making this stuffie will transfer to future projects.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012 06:47:39 AM »

I don't have much experience with octo-bears, but this one has got to be the cutest.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012 07:18:03 AM »

those tentacles arms are awesome, lhh; i love the zipper mouth and the small details.
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012 08:43:45 AM »

Eee, I really do love him! He is sitting in my room waiting to have some pictures taken! My roommate was a little confused by him: "So its a polar bear... with spider legs?"
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012 08:50:16 AM »

How clever! This is so creative and fun.

Did you put anything in the legs to keep them sturdy?
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2012 09:20:06 AM »

Yes, the legs have some fairly heavy wire running from end to end, so they can be repositioned any way.  I ended up using a single length of wire for each of the four pairs of legs, which really adds stability to the structure.
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2012 09:25:12 AM »

That is ridiculously awesome!  I love his stripey/checkery little legs!
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2012 10:18:56 AM »

SSSSQQQQUUUEEEEEEE! Me WANT! *cough*...sorry...What a lovely wee critter Leslieshappyheart!  I love splices, and that is a great one Grin

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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2012 10:21:24 AM »

I adore this lil guy! He is so awesome! Cheesy PINNED!
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2012 10:42:50 AM »

Eee, I really do love him! He is sitting in my room waiting to have some pictures taken! My roommate was a little confused by him: "So its a polar bear... with spider legs?"

Thanks, everyone! 

This is the first time in my life I've every had to ask myself, "What is the difference between spider legs and octopus legs?" because, as I was making it, it occurred to me that it could easily end up looking like a spider-bear.  Of course, spider legs are stiff and jointed, whereas octopus legs are curly and not jointed--so it's really how you pose the legs that makes the difference.
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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2012 10:53:44 AM »

It's the style of photography and the head of the bear that makes it a Leslie...

I think it is a bit creepy, sorry no offence any one... I think it is because of the legs. Not formed as spider legs, but they remind me of spiders too much... And me and spiders... well we just don't go together  Wink  (especially the big, black ones with hairy legs, AARRGGHHH)

Any way, you did a great job! Isn't it fun to step out of your comfort zone?

I know I did for a sock monkey/critter swap and had a lot of fun!
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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2012 12:35:10 PM »

This is hilarious! Grin
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2012 01:21:43 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2012 02:20:51 PM »

This is awesome! Great job!
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« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2012 03:16:08 PM »

Yeah, well, he's a guy, what does he know? I think they look like octopus legs (tentacles, whatever) myself!
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« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2012 02:19:12 PM »

Very Tim Burtonesque!  I am very impressed at the craftmanship!
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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2012 07:51:24 AM »

that is absolutely adorable!!
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« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2012 05:27:35 AM »

Wow octo bear is awesome! He will be going on my pintrest!! Great work leslie  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2012 02:43:08 PM »

This is amazing!  I love it!  The legs are so cool!  I also love that his mouth is a pocket, but the legs are possibly the coolest thing ever.  Good work!
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« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2012 04:12:22 PM »

Well this gos beyond what I would consider a style I like, but there is just something about him that is so odd and creepy that he's likable lol. Great work.
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« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2012 04:50:16 PM »

He is pretty cool Leslie!! Cool  It's fun to go outside your own box sometimes!! I love the zipper pocket as a mouth & the black & white legs are great & they're moveable!! Awesome Design Leslie!!!  Shocked
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« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2012 09:49:13 AM »

VERY COOL, LESLIE!  Of course!   Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2012 02:13:26 PM »

I love octo bear.  He's so cute, but he also looks really angry.  Cheesy  The black and white tentacles make me think of Tim Burton.  I'm definitely wisting him!   
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