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« on: August 21, 2014 07:42:00 PM »

I would like to share with you how I went about making these bendable octopus arms:

Project link here.

I am sure that the technique could be applied to tails, arms, legs, necks, wings, etc... There are a myriad of ways to approach this problem, this was what I came up with in my moment of need. Smiley

First I gathered some heavy wire, in this case, some floral wire I had that had a papery covering. (The paper did not help or hinder the process). I cut four lengths and folded them in half.



Then I tore strips of batting and wrapped each leg from end to end.



At some point I realized that I wanted the legs longer. (I would curse this decision later when I had to cover the entire octopus with fabric.) I found some finer wirer and attached it to the ends of each leg (all eight of them!). Learning what I did I would probably have attached them smoother, there is a bit of a lump on each leg where these two wires meet.



Here are the legs, completely covered:



I then joined the four sections at the folded point and attached them securely with wire to the neighboring arm.



Because the arm of an octopus tapers I decided to add thickness to the upper sections of the arms and tore additional strips of batting to do this.



Here you can see the arms on the right have been "beefed up" while the ones on the left are still sporting one layer of batting.



None of the batting has been stitched down at this point. I suppose you could stitch as you go, however your approach. I decided to wrap each leg with a plain material to hold the batting down. I folded the fabric around the leg then did a hap-hazard running stitch over a raw edge to cover the leg. I was not looking for beauty points at this step.



Once pinned I simply cut off the excess.



Here you can see two of the legs covered and ready for their final treatment.



Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them. Good luck!

(This was my first tutorial. Whew!)

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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2014 08:01:52 PM »

I am crazy about this octopus!  Thanks so much for the tutorial.  My son would love a squid, and your tutorial will come in handy.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2014 08:28:59 PM »

A-mazing!!! Love the fabrics you finished it with!
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2014 08:42:17 PM »

Thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2014 11:12:15 PM »

Oh, you rock artsycandice!! The octopus is amazing!!  Cheesy

The legs/arms (whatever) are so well done! The fabric you used couldn't be any better!
Oh and the net (not sure about that word either) you used for part of its head is so clever!

May I ask you how you made the eyes?


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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2014 11:21:12 PM »

Oh, you rock artsycandice!! The octopus is amazing!!  Cheesy

The legs/arms (whatever) are so well done! The fabric you used couldn't be any better!
Oh and the net (not sure about that word either) you used for part of its head is so clever!

May I ask you how you made the eyes?


I hit this rocks!! And I will mention your name in the Craftster-crush thread! You are on my list lady!!  Grin

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lol, aww gee. *blush* Thanks!

I started to run out of time and did not end up getting progress shots of the head, which is why this is a legs-only tutorial. The eyes are torn strips of batting, folded in half lengthwise (like bias tape) and rolled up like little cinnamon rolls. I stitched back and forth across one side to keep them from unrolling then whip-stitched them to the head

Oh, and the "net" on the side was from a skein of fancy yarn. You know, the kind that comes already looking awesome. I just snipped a short length and stretch it out from side to side then stitched around the edges. Wink
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Thanks for the tutorial. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2014 12:04:57 AM »

Oh, you rock artsycandice!! The octopus is amazing!!  Cheesy

The legs/arms (whatever) are so well done! The fabric you used couldn't be any better!
Oh and the net (not sure about that word either) you used for part of its head is so clever!

May I ask you how you made the eyes?


I hit this rocks!! And I will mention your name in the Craftster-crush thread! You are on my list lady!!  Grin

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lol, aww gee. *blush* Thanks!

I started to run out of time and did not end up getting progress shots of the head, which is why this is a legs-only tutorial. The eyes are torn strips of batting, folded in half lengthwise (like bias tape) and rolled up like little cinnamon rolls. I stitched back and forth across one side to keep them from unrolling then whip-stitched them to the head

Oh, and the "net" on the side was from a skein of fancy yarn. You know, the kind that comes already looking awesome. I just snipped a short length and stretch it out from side to side then stitched around the edges. Wink

You're welcome!! And thanks for answering my question!

The net you used is still awesome, no matter if it was already the way it is. You used it the right way!

I mentioned your name here!
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2014 04:01:54 AM »

awesome Octopus and great tutorial,thank you  Kiss
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2014 05:07:40 AM »

I love the octopus!  Cheesy Great soft sculpture tutorial also! 
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