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Title: Gigantic carnivorous SWEATERPUS, monsterous with even more photos
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on February 18, 2018 02:51:20 PM


This could go in a few categories I think so I'll just put it here in the misc section. I wasn't sure what to name it, thanks for the suggestion TheMistressT!

I have quite the collection of natural fiber sweaters rescued from thrift shops and shrunk up in the laundry to use for crafts. I felt like the stash had gotten a bit out of control so planned a larger project to use some up.
This gigantic octopus was made for my step-son, here it is on his bed.


Originally I planned to make him a bean-bag style seat for reading but he's a kid that has trouble keeping his room tidy so instead it's got a zipper in the bottom and holds all the rest of his stuffed animal collection. This way he can sleep with ALL of them at once, or wear them all as a hat. Whatever.


It's 5"8' from tentacle tip to tip and took a whole lot of careful piecing by hand before I could machine stitch the sections together. I've worked on it for the bulk of 4+ days in total.


What a mess.


AAAHHH, It's hungry for children!


EDITED TO ADD:
Because I like to share how I make things I'll put a few more images in this post.

I needed to piece together sweaters bits to make large enough panels for the octopus segments. rather than trying to sew them by machine and ending up with bulky seams, I hand stitched them with embroidery thread in a flat sort of seam, double rows of stitching for security.


Trying to keep withing a range of shades meant using some smaller pieces but I did manage to make 2 of each panel so while the final product is random there is some pattern going on as well.


Because it's my pattern I did not bother to correct the double bump at the top (left side), that is meant to me one curve instead of the 2 showing. See the next photo for clarity.


And cut the piece out leaving a generous seam allowance. That may be why the entire project is so much bigger than I anticipated.


The octopus is too floppy even when stuffed with toys so I made a liner out of shirt fabric and hand stitched it to the inside and along the zipper edges dividing the whole thing into 2 separate hemispheres, each of which got stuffed with sweater trim cut up into small bits. I couldn't seem to fill the beast no matter how much stuffing I made, I even resorted to using a rotary cutter to chop up tshirt trim that was destined for the bin. I think I spend 3 days doing just that and my hands are quite sore.


I earned myself a little crafting injury that still hasn't completely healed 2 weeks later.


It needed some sort of features, I came up with these funky multi patterned eyes, I love them.


Look at that face!


Then he ate all the stuffies...


...and had a nap taking up nearly half the bed. Not sure where the boy is going to fit if he tries to sleep with that monster.


This has got to be the most enormous, time consuming, ridiculously labour intensive, and also plain old ridiculous thing I've ever made. It weighs TWENTY POUNDS when it's empty! He is not a gentle lad  either and there's so much hand sewing involved. Anyone want to bet on how long it will be until his room is coated in the octo's sweater confetti guts? Sigh.


And after all that I've still got loads of sweaters to use up. This hardly even made a dent!


Title: Re: Gigantic recycled sweater octopus stuffy holder/cushion/seat thingy.
Post by: Ludi on February 18, 2018 02:52:59 PM
It's brilliant!



Title: Re: Gigantic recycled sweater octopus stuffy holder/cushion/seat thingy.
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on February 18, 2018 02:56:21 PM
Thank you :). I will try to get better photos when it's lighter out. I was just SO excited to finally be finished with the fluffy Kraken!


Title: Re: Gigantic recycled sweater octopus stuffy holder/cushion/seat thingy.
Post by: TheMistressT on February 18, 2018 03:14:46 PM
I've been staring at this blank reply box for awhile and still not come up with the right words for how fun, funky, practical, and clever this is.


Title: Re: Gigantic recycled sweater octopus stuffy holder/cushion/seat thingy.
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on February 18, 2018 04:33:05 PM
Never ever would I have thought to use a sweater stash for this!  Nice storage, too, for toys or even clothes!



Title: Re: Gigantic recycled sweater octopus stuffy holder/cushion/seat thingy.
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on February 18, 2018 05:26:43 PM
It is super floppy and hug-gable, it's really a hilarious thing. Very soft fulled wool with lots of cashmere and angora too so it's got super soft patches all over it. This kid came to me at 7 years old, I have lots of crafting time to make up!


Title: Re: Gigantic recycled sweater octopus stuffy holder/cushion/seat thingy.
Post by: LovelyMiss on February 18, 2018 08:05:39 PM
Haha, I love it!


Title: Re: Gigantic recycled sweater octopus stuffy holder/cushion/seat thingy.
Post by: steiconi on February 19, 2018 01:41:20 AM
That's great!  I like that it looks like a sun when laid flat.


Title: Re: Gigantic recycled sweater octopus stuffy holder/cushion/seat thingy.
Post by: pottermouth on February 19, 2018 06:45:58 AM
And this is another reason why you're so awesome.


Title: Re: Gigantic recycled sweater octopus stuffy holder/cushion/seat thingy.
Post by: Patraw on February 19, 2018 08:23:30 AM
Outstanding giant cephalopod!  I particularly like the photo of your stepson wearing it on his head . . . he does know octopi are carnivorous, right?  ;D


Title: Re: Gigantic recycled sweater octopus stuffy holder/cushion/seat thingy.
Post by: JS on February 21, 2018 05:43:12 AM
This is beyond awesome :)


Title: Re: Gigantic recycled sweater octopus stuffy holder/cushion/seat thingy.
Post by: blupaisan on February 22, 2018 01:14:34 PM
absolutely  WONDERFUL


Title: Re: Gigantic carnivorous SWEATERPUS, monsterous with even more photos
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on March 05, 2018 09:04:29 AM
Thank you all :). I've posted gobs more photos. I figured it needed something more, it looks a lot different with eyes and stuffing. Craziest project ever, lol.


Title: Re: Gigantic carnivorous SWEATERPUS, monsterous with even more photos
Post by: TheMistressT on March 05, 2018 09:31:22 AM
The eyes are PERFECT! This is really stunning as a project full stop, but that it's made from repurposed sweaters all around puts it right over the top! Congratulations for finishing in the face of such discomfort! Now, never, ever make another.  :-*


Title: Re: Gigantic carnivorous SWEATERPUS, monsterous with even more photos
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on March 05, 2018 09:45:33 AM
Thanks T :). It's not the first octopus I've made but it is the largest. Here are 2 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337744.msg3907397#msg3907397) the other kids have from years ago. I figured I missed a lot of crafting time with the step child, gotta catch up in size, lol.


Title: Re: Gigantic carnivorous SWEATERPUS, monsterous with even more photos
Post by: tendstowardschaos on March 05, 2018 10:05:24 AM
Holy tentacles! It's awesome! I just adore the patchworkiness (totally not a word, I know) of him, like he's trying to blend in with all of your other crafty creations...exactly what you would expect an octopus to do.  :D


Title: Re: Gigantic carnivorous SWEATERPUS, monsterous with even more photos
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on March 05, 2018 09:29:49 PM
The boy is of course sleeping with this preposterous thing beside him tonight. I went in to check a little bit ago and, LOL, he's done his best to fit beside the beast without falling out the bed. Just barely though. Just barely : D


Title: Re: Gigantic carnivorous SWEATERPUS, monsterous with even more photos
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on March 06, 2018 05:59:41 AM
lol I bet those tentacles wrapped around are somehow comforting...awww!


Title: Re: Gigantic carnivorous SWEATERPUS, monsterous with even more photos
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on March 06, 2018 06:35:38 AM
He is mad for the thing. After giving it to him the first time then deciding it needed more work and taking it away, not a day passed that he didn't pester me to be finished. Little did he know the work I was doing each day, my poor knuckles still look a fright. They have no idea those children how spoiled they are with the crafty goodness. One of these days they'll look back in amazement. I hope so anyhow.


Title: Re: Gigantic carnivorous SWEATERPUS, monsterous with even more photos
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on March 06, 2018 06:53:34 AM
When I look back at the time my mother and I made matching shift dresses sewing by hand, I am amazed at her cleverness and patience. She gave me the love of sewing, but more importantly, she made me feel I was worthy of her skills and talent...I think you son will always remember your knuckle "sacrifice"...


Title: Re: Gigantic carnivorous SWEATERPUS, monsterous with even more photos
Post by: RedheadWithThread on March 07, 2018 12:11:49 AM
That is one of the most awesome things ever :D


Title: Re: Gigantic carnivorous SWEATERPUS, monsterous with even more photos
Post by: rackycoo on March 07, 2018 02:17:02 PM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project (https://www.craftster.org/blog/march-7-2018-featured-projects/)! :)


Title: Re: Gigantic carnivorous SWEATERPUS, monsterous with even more photos
Post by: craftylittlemonkey on March 07, 2018 02:56:01 PM
Well shucks, thanks so much!


Title: Re: Gigantic carnivorous SWEATERPUS, monsterous with even more photos
Post by: Acadian Driftwood on March 08, 2018 09:10:55 AM
This is ridiculous and fantastic and I love it!!